being alone with a man. president ghani released many. regardless of their cases, both gul meena and sahar gul want to leave afghanistan. they feel there's no future here for them. susan decamp is one of the stewards of the five-year, $300 million u.s.-funded promote program for women. she says she knows women's rights are tenuous here. >> it's a challenge and it's always been a challenge and it's going to continue to be a challenge for quite a while. what we hope to do is get enough women out there working together in a positive way so that they can have their own voice. it's not so much about us deciding what they want and need, but about them being a position to influence what they need. >> reporter: on a farm on the outskirts of kabul, that's what sophia wilcox is doing - teaching women to stand on their own. she's taken a somewhat tough love approach with her farming training programs - anyone who wants to participate has to pay dues to be part of the collective. since she arrived in 2009 wilcox has avoided creating what she calls n.g.o. disease, dependency on international aid.
and former world bank official named ashraf ghani wrote that darulaman was a palace of abandoned dreams. now, he is president, and trying to make it the stuff of dreams-- with an all-afghan project to restore it. for three months, hundreds of laborers have been taking down ceilings, carting out rubble to make the building safe. that process could take until the end of the year. architect suleimankhail is one of the one hundred strong technical team that's mapping out the reconstruction. there's been a lot of research. >> the bricks used to build the palace had the mark on them. >> reporter: "the mark of thef king," he says. he is proud that the workers here and the funds to pay for it are all afghan. he says this project is a source of national pride that showsof afghans can work on their own. >> reporter: the building also points to an ambitious past-- like the grand room built by the king to house the newe parliament. he wanted the darulaman palace-- which means abode of peace-- to be the center of a new city. he was deposed before he could b make that happen. president ghani i
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