Foundations Seed Change
Through help from foundations, GPFA has built the capacity of both its staff and Afghan farmers, including significant initiatives to help women.
Casten Family Foundation: Building Capacity in Afghanistan
On a trip to Afghanistan in July 2008, Judy and Tom Casten saw firsthand that there is no better way to ensure a sustainable future for Afghan farm enterprises than through education and capacity development. “Traveling with GPFA staff, we met numerous farmers who were eager to master new techniques that would increase production, enhance their incomes and improve their standards of living,” said Tom.
Generous support from the Casten Family Foundation has enabled GPFA to provide ongoing management, technical and leadership training to our staff and farmers. Tom, a nationally recognized expert on energy recycling and environmental and irrigation issues, has also helped guide GPFA’s efforts to develop more efficient irrigation and water management systems. “We’ve seen the GPFA business model in action,” said Judy. “As GPFA Global Partners, we can help create a more stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”
Raqim Foundation: Expanding Women’s Tree Enterprises
In 2006, the Raqim Foundation awarded a grant to GPFA to expand project coverage of its women’s program in the Guldara and Farza Districts of Kabul Province and to Logar and Paktya provinces. The project targeted women heads of household. Nearly 100 revitalized fruit tree orchards, tree nurseries and woodlots were established, along with 730 vegetable gardens and agro-forestry plots.
Moore Family Foundation: Strengthening GPFA’s Capacity
Generous ongoing support from the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation has been instrumental in building GPFA’s capacity to improve the livelihoods of an ever-increasing number of rural Afghan men and women. As GPFA grows, so does our need to provide staff to plan, manage and evaluate programs and to oversee finances. A committed field staff must be supported by an equally-dedicated administrative staff. David and Katherine Moore, through their enlightened philanthropy, recognize that helping to underwrite general operating expenses makes GPFA’s expanding work possible. David’s passion for economic development was born from work on the Marshall Plan after World War II. He believes that GPFA “represents the best of all economic development services.”