We have been working in Afghanistan since the US Air Force loaned us a few helicopters to do our work in 2010. Early supply missions helped us locate and test Janagha Jaheed (JJ), our local partner in Baharak, Badakshan. Eventually we worked with JJ to lay down our first Children's Garden and chicken egg farm. Local children, including 20 children who lost their fathers to war, spend time in our garden (we have a master gardener who does the planning and hard work) and take home vegetables/eggs.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been embroiled in one war after another. This has left the country's infrastructure, economy, and population crippled, leaving a prolific number of war widows and orphans without a support system. Our efforts will focus on providing some basic care and job opportunities to the orphaned children and widows in the northeastern Afghan providence of Badakhshan. This is a region in which the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are not welcome, but remains extremely isolated.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Light of Pamir Foster Child network is providing a nurturing environment for otherwise destitute children as well as job opportunities for the local women who have few options to provide for themselves and their families.
Potential Long Term Impact
We have met our original mission to take care of the basic needs of 20 orphaned children and 30 other extremely poor children in Baharak. Our Children's Garden turned into a Foster Child Outreach Program when our local manager rescued 10 orphaned children with Global Roots funds when their fathers were killed on the boarder of Afghanistan and Tajikstan. Our success in providing support to these orphaned children has prompted a community leader in nearby Faizabad to request our support.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,650
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $19,350
Total Funding Goal: $25,000