Marshall Plan Charities utilizes an holistic approach to lifting impoverished rural villages out of the cycle of poverty and despair through an outreach program that provides access to education, nutrition, clean water, healthcare, and economic opportunity.



To create educational opportunities through the construction of schools or the renovation of existing structures and creating partnerships with governmental and non-profit organizations for sustained performance.


To provide healthy and sustainable food sources by implementing sustainable agriculture programs and providing access to resources and agronomy education programs and advisors.


To deliver access to clean drinking water and improvements to agriculture irrigation systems.


To increase the accessibility of quality healthcare and medical services providers and to promote a community centered health and sanitation awareness outreach program.


To reverse the systemic cycle of poverty through skills based training and the creation of sustainable livelihoods.

Together we can build the foundation of peace.


Marshall Plan Charities is partnering with villages in Herat Province in western Afghanistan who desperately need the basic fundamentals for living a peaceful and prosperous life. Marshall Plan Charities' first village project was in Khairabad in the southern reaches of Herat Province just east of Highway One. The project consisted of a new school, clinic, vocational training center, water wells, and agriculture improvements. Today, over 500 boys and girls are attending school, the clinic treats over 100 patients a week, agriculture production has increased, and the local villagers have learned welding, weaving, sewing, and carpentry skills. As we expand north from Khairabad, we will deliver the same opportunities to new villages creating an overlapping network of stable and prosperous villages that will provide economic opportunity and access to education, healthcare, nutrition, and clean water. Over time, we will continue to expand the network to include neighboring provinces. Through your support, our outreach will provide the people of Afghanistan the hope to break the endemic cycle of poverty that encompasses their daily life and allow them to flourish in the peace and prosperity brought by opportunity.




  • 2018 School Year Starts with 500 Students

    11 March 2018 — This month marks the beginning of a new school year for the students of Afghanistan and Marshall Plan Charities is proud to say that 500 students from Shouz and the surrounding area will be attending classes in the school we were able to construct in partnership with the village elders of Khairabad and Shouz and the local community. In 2013, Marshall Plan Charities built the school in Shouz to provide an opportunity for education to an underserved area of southern Shindand District, now the Kooh-Zoor District, in Herat Province. Prior to construction of the school, roughly 50 students would meet outside to hold class. During the inaugural year, about 350 boys and girls attended the newly built school. Since that time, the student population has grown each year. MPC is very proud of the students and faculty of the Shouz school and Ministry of Education for their support.




  • Luncheon in Houston with Afghanistan's Ambassador to the U.S.

    9 March 2018 — Joanne Herring, founder of Marshall Plan Charities, joined by Doug Rine, Executive Director of MPC, and Samantha Rine, MPC Director of Communications, attended the Dialogue with Diplomats luncheon hosted by Sister Cities International and United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) on March 9th, at Ouisie’s Table in Houston. The guest speaker for the event was H. E. Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States. During his remarks, Ambassador Mohib recognized the tremendous work Joanne Herring has done over the last 40 years to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan and how Marshall Plan Charities is continuing that effort through their holistic 5 pillar approach to rural development.




    Dialogue With Diplomats Features Ambassador Mohib in Houston, Texas

    Sister Cities International and United Nations Association of the United States of America host Dialogue with Diplomats luncheon featuring Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Hamdullah Mohib (via The Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C.)


    Her Help is Felt a World Away

    Philanthropist's aid to Afghan village a model for the nation (via Houston Chronicle)


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