The daily life of the average Afghani is brutal and harsh. Harsh weather and climate, grinding scarcities and poverty, ethnic tribal and religious strife, and an endless state of war has been a fact of life for generations and there is no prospect of any change soon.
Women and children suffer these conditions often without any vestige of relief. Girls are usually forced into marriage before the age of 18, there is virtually no education for girls or women, and property ownership for women is unlawful so loans for business enterprises for women are non-existent.
Our project partners in Kabul are rooted in the culture but are not part of the culture. Whether caring for Kabul’s own street children, or child refugees from internationally organized relocation efforts into Kabul, our child centers are characterized by the touch of acceptance, family love and personal attention and kindness.
Oddly, one of the things that we need to be reintroduced to these children is the experience of playing and having fun. Some of them have either never played games or have gone for so long without anything resembling fun that it needs to be learned.
In the more remote rural areas of Afghanistan, where there are little or no strategic combat agendas vying for military of religious control, our partners have been able to identify remote tribal people who are crying out for food, medicine and educational assistance. The smile on a malnourished child’s face, after going for long periods of time without proper nutrition is worth the days of travel it takes to reach them with bags of rice and grain, ten times over.
Capitol - Kabul
Size – 652,230 sq km
Area Comparative – slightly smaller than Texas
Language - Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 50%, Pashto (official) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%
Population – 29 million
Life Expectancy – 44.65
Annual Income/Person - $800
Exports - opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton, hides and pelts, precious and semi-precious gems
Religions - Sunni Muslim 80%, Shia Muslim 19%, other 1%
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