Success Stories

Giving a Helping Hand

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Natasa Ruka

Kamber receives physiotherapy on his injured hand Taxi driver Kamber relies on his hands to earn a living for his family, but shrapnel from a Taliban rocket propelled grenade crippled his right hand and damaged his vehicle, leaving him unable to work.

The 45-year-old father of two was unable to even open his hand because he was in so much pain. The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program stepped in to help by providing his family with basic food items and paying for physiotherapy.

Kamber can now open his hand partially and doctors are hopeful that he will recover enough use of it to be able to drive again. “My two children and two wives depend on the money I earn, but after the rocket attack I could not drive and had no money to even pay for food,” Kamber said. “The food we received from this project was much needed by my family. The medical help is giving me back the use of my hand.”

Kamber had just dropped off a passenger at a bazaar in Ghazni Province in the southeast of the country when two Taliban rockets exploded. The Taliban had targeted a nearby government compound but missed. Five people died and 24 people were injured.

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program provided 27 families with immediate assistance, including food, household items, and medical assistance. The more seriously injured will also receive additional assistance, including small businesses, medical rehabilitation, and vocational training, which will be tailored to their needs. The program has supported more than 10,000 families since 2007.

Kamber added: “I have been a taxi driver since I was just 15 – it is all I know how to do. Without this help I would have had to drive one-handed, but now I have the chance to drive again with two hands.” Kamber is being treated at CURE International Hospital in Kabul. The hospital, which is run by a US nonprofit organization, treats 60,000 Afghans a year.

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program is funded by USAID Afghanistan and implemented by IRD.

Filed Under: Civil Society, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan