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Aga Khan Trust for Culture - July / August 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter

VOCATIONAL TRAINING To date, more than 700 women and men have received vocational training in carpentry, sewing, embroidery, glass-blowing and weaving of carpets and kelims, as part of efforts to con­tribute to improving the livelihoods of households in Districts 1 & 7 in Kabul, and in the old city of Herat.

BAGHE BABUR During July, the number of visitors to the restored garden passed the one million mark, based on records kept since the establishment of the inde­pendent Baghe Babur Trust in 2008.

FLOODING IN KABUL Investments made by AKTC in low-lying residential areas of District 7 proved their effectiveness during the flooding caused by downpours south of Kabul in early August.

AFGHANISTAN OBSERVED On 1st August, an exhibition of draw­ings, prints and photographs of Afghani­stan from the collection of the British Library was opened in the restored Chahar Suq cistern in the old city of Herat.

QALA IKHTYARUDDIN With the approval of a second tranche of funding from the US State Department, the primary focus of conservation work has shifted to the upper enclosure of the historic citadel of Herat.

POSTEEN DOZ HOUSE Conservation work resumed in July on Ghulam Haider Posteen Doz house in Abdullah Mesri quarter of the old city.