As you will see from the photos below, our Children's Garden is blooming and hundreds of orphaned, abandoned or extremely poor children now have haven to visit where they can learn, heal and grow.
The vegetables from our garden are given to the children for home consumption.
We are now breaking ground on a chicken egg farm that will also be tended by the children. A handwashing station will be built next to the chicken egg farm.
We are also talking about a "Girl's Garden" where all girls who participate will receive books for school and scholarships for advanced education.
The recent slaughter of Afghan children by a US soldier created a very difficult situation for our projects in Afghanistan. After a great deal of conversation, our children's garden in Baharak -- a subset of our overal "Light of Pamir" Children's Home, was given provisional approval by the local cleric of Baharak. Vegetables will be planted this week and local children -- many of them orphaned -- will finally have a safe place to learn, heal and grow. If we can make this garden a success, we can get back to work to create a children's home where all orphaned and abandoned children can live.
The first week of January 2012 is the most important week in this history of the Light of Pamir Children's Home. Besides taking posession of a small plot of land for our first children's garden in the region, our director (Rick Montgomery) will be speaking with the regions leading Muslim clerics about the details of a plan to foster out children locally. The fostering of children -- as opposed to adoption -- is allowed under Sharia Law. Global Roots has moved very carefully in the region to protect and bring support to abondoned children. We have proven that we have come to nurture children locally -- not take them away.
Rick traveled to DC earlier this year to bring attention to the need for foster centers in Afghanistan. He spoke to the military advisors of two powerful US Senators and has been promised an audience with the commanders of the Nebraskan National Guard. Rick is personally opposed to the war in Afghanistan but, as long as US forces are in the region, he hopes that more resources can be used to support abandoned children.
Our local hero Janagha will break ground on our first children's garden in Afghanistan this spring. Stay tuned for photos and videos!
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We’re currently making plans to add a children’s garden to the Light of Pamir Children’s Home. The humanitarian we support, Janagah Jaheed, has found a one acre lot that is available for only a few hundred dollars a month, just blocks away from the home. It’s important to note Baharak is an extremely fertile part of Afghanistan. The area is actually famous for its apples and pears.
Unlike the other children’s gardens we’re planting around the world, the importance of this garden is not related to the nutrition it brings but – instead – the experience our children can have while they’re working in the garden. This garden will belong to them and it will help them to heal from what they’ve seen in the outside world. These are children who have lost their parents to war. Helping a plant to germinate and then sprout is solace for the soul!
With proper support, we are hoping to break ground on our Children’s Garden before the winter’s snows set in.
We have decided to launch a children’s garden in Badakhshan near the Light of Pamir children’s home. The garden will give needy local children a secondary, safe place to play and receive a food education. Additionally, this garden project will directly address two of our key targets in the Light of Pamir project:adequate nutrition for the orphans and supporting sustainability for the home by generating food for use onsite.
We are working with our local partner Janagha Jaheed to lease land for the garden – just a short walk from the home. We will install a video camera so that our donors can watch our children working in the garden. The camera will be managed by a security guard who will also serve and the garden’s caretaker and protect it from all threats.
The shipment of children's clothing and books has reached Kabul thanks to the support of the Denton program which provided shipping of this humanitarian aid for the children in Baharak. The US Air Force will take the pallets of donated aid up to Badakhshan in July. We've posted here a photo of some of the boxes and the Valley Catholic students who collected the aid after hearing of the needs in Northern Afghanistan.
Global Roots fund raising continues in order to help generate adequate operating funds for the home.
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