Speaker: Gary Moorehead, Field Director, Marigold Fund (right)
AFSC, 2161 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.
Amherst-based Gary Moorehead, Field Director of the Marigold Fund, has recently returned from Takhar Province, Afghanistan. Marigold is a people-to-people effort to help Afghans rebuild their country after decades of war and to establish friendship and understanding between Afghans and Westerners. In Takhar, Marigold sponsors a midwife training program, is building a tuberculosis clinic, and is setting up a vocational training project which manufactures school furniture.
Can locally-based reconstruction efforts like Marigold make the difference in Afghanistan? Although President Obama said he favors reconstruction aid, his policy spends over 90% of the Afghanistan-Pakistan money on military, including 21,000 troops and drone aircraft raids. The aid money that is provided is channeled through large-scale bureaucracies which waste much of the aid money and do little to build up Afghan civil society.
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