How We Help What We Do Basic Services We deliver basic services such as community infrastructure, clean water and sanitation, and education; essential to long-term development and breaking the cycle of poverty. Following decades of conflict, the Afghan government’s ability to provide these services is limited. Afghanaid plays an important role in filling these gaps for the people of Afghanistan. Community Infrastructure We invest in community infrastructure that strengthens livelihoods, such as by irrigating land and building roads and bridges which link remote communities to markets; we improve community health by building hospitals and clinics; and we bring electricity to villages by building hydropower schemes. Over the last three years, we have built over 1,300 kilometers of roads, linking remote communities to markets, medical services and schools. We have also built more than 500 micro-hydro and solar power plants, bringing electricity to remote villages. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene We reduce preventable sickness and death by improving access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities, and by raising awareness of good hygiene practices in communities and schools. For example, in April 2016 we finished a three-year project to deliver clean water, sanitation infrastructure and hygiene education to villages and schools in Samangan province, reaching over 66,000 vulnerable people. The project resulted in: A reduction in the under-5 mortality rate from 160 deaths per 1000 children to 70 deaths per 1000 children. Improved school attendance as a result of fewer days missed due to sickness. Improved school attendance particularly among teenage girls due to the provision of proper, private toilets facilities. Education We enable better access to education in poor and remote rural areas by building schools which are fit for purpose for girls and boys alike. This includes the provision of toilets, water wells, desks and chairs. In the last three years, we have built 27 new schools and run 580 literacy training courses for women. As well as providing services, in the last three years we have established and supported 3,750 community development councils, to strengthen the capacity of communities to better manage their own development; we improved the ability of vulnerable groups to access services, and we supported local government to be more responsive to the needs of citizens.