The New York Times cover story today is about the work of the National Solidarity Program (NSP). While in Afghanistan I spent days filming the impact of NSP in the Kapisa province. The work of NSP is at the center of the story we are highlighting in Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War.
The article does not fully capture the national impact of the NSP. Many consider the NSP the most effective economic and social development work in Afghanistan. Since 2003 the NSP has funded 46,000 development projects in 27,000 villages. Elected community councils determine the reconstruction work. Ten percent is paid for by local labor and the average grant is $24,000. The film will show that supporting this kind of slower, more sustainable long-term and locally led development work may be a more successful path to stability in Afghanistan and western security.
I hope you can take a moment to read this important article and to forward it to friends and colleagues as an example of the positive hard work that Afghans and the Afghan government are doing.