Afghan and Nebraska Scouts Connect
Magical things happen when organizations with overlapping missions combine their efforts to make the world a better place. Karadah Project, Nebraska's Scotts Bluff/ Gering Sister Cities and Tri-Trails Boy Scout District partnered with scouts sponsored by Afghanistan-based PARSA to share a unique patch and conversation.
Over 300 Afghan scouts participated in a five-day camporee in Kabul ending on August 4. Bryan Davidson, Tri-Trails District Executive, designed a patch to commemorate the first meeting the Afghan and American scouts. During a video conference call Afghan and American scouts had the chance to meet. Scotts Bluff/ Gering and Bamyan, Afghanistan share a Sister Cities partnership. The relationship between the two cities will be strengthened with more joint scout projects in the near future.
Four Afghan women
In a world desperately searching for answers to the problems of instability in conflict areas, the lives of these inspiring women should be evidence of the critical importance of investing in education. A short two decades ago, these women would not have been allowed outside their homes unaccompanied. They now run organizations, seek and win public office, speak loudly in public forums, and advocate on behalf of the disadvantaged. They are iteratively changing the face of Afghanistan for the better. If we have the long-term commitment and patience to support them in their efforts, there is hope that peace will return to Afghanistan.
Hardest working hens in Afghanistan
Karadah Project in partnership with Shindand Women Social Foundation and the Women Education for a Better Tomorrow, delivered 400 hens to disadvantaged women in a rural village in Shindand District and the Minaret Displaced Persons Camp in Herat Province, Afghanistan.
The hens are producing both eggs and more chickens, providing both better nutrition and increased income for disadvantaged Afghan families. The very best in sustainable projects.
Investing in Women, Eliminating Poverty
Research has confirmed that, in spite of the disadvantages women face, assets put in their hands are better used for the benefit of the family and the community. Their spending inclinations and habits expedite the process of poverty elimination.
"Women’s economic participation and their ownership and control of productive assets speeds up development, helps overcome poverty, reduces inequalities and improves children’s nutrition, health, and school attendance. Women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men." (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
We urgently need your help to train 100 more women in the Minaret Displaced Persons Camp.
Education taught me to solve problems and lead teams. I know I can help other women to be educated and independent.
"When I was in elementary school we immigrated to Iran, because of the repressive Taliban government in Afghanistan. The government of Iran didn’t let Afghan children attend school, but some unapproved private schools opened with tuition fees. The only person who helped me was my mother who only had a 4th grade education. During the day my mother was busy caring for five children and the housework, but at night she took on extra sewing projects to pay for my school fees. My mother helped a little girl and now that girl helps other women. I am really thankful for everything my mother did for me. Educated women can change the world."
-Fatima Qattali, Director-Women Education for a Better Tomorrow
Imagine, now, you are a single mother with all of the responsibilities of caring for and supporting your family. You may be a widow. Your husband may be disabled and unable to work. Perhaps, your husband has abandoned you. In these austere environments, you will be particularly vulnerable. You will have little access to the life-changing advantages of education, healthcare, and basic needs. Where will you turn?