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Arzu Studio Hope creates oasis of opportunity for Afghan women

Children sing the Afghanistan national anthem in a class at the Arzu Studio Hope compound in the Dragon Valley, west of the town of Bamyan June 20, 2012. Women enrolled in the program receive higher-than-average compensation for their work, and they, their children, and any female in the household are required to attend literacy classes. They also have access to day care for their children, hot water to wash clothes, a kitchen, and a garden where they can grow their own vegetables and herbs. Kids over 15 can learn the skills of rug weaving when not attending classes.



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This work, Arzu Studio Hope creates oasis of opportunity for Afghan women [Image 1 of 14], by SGT Ken Scar, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.20.2012

Date Posted:07.12.2012 00:51

Photo ID:622343

VIRIN:120620-A-ZU930-042

Resolution:3164x2109

Size:1.14 MB

Location:BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGlobe

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