Returning to Work (in Afghanistan) After Cancer

In July 2018 I was urgently transported from Kabul to Italy. A few minutes after landing at Milan airport, I was already in the Operating Room as I had stopped breathing. In the next few days I was diagnosed with a rare and 'devastating' cancer that would have killed me if I hadn't given my consent to equally devastating surgery and combined radio-chemotherapy. 

I lost my natural voice, and as an autodidact, after many months of suffering from the side effects of the combined radio-chemotherapy and efforts to get my body and mind used to the new life as a disabled person, I am learning to speak with a 'new voice'.

The disability, too many months of absence from Afghanistan, many months of interruption of my work as a self employed person, and the fact that I had to spend all my savings to overcome the health emergency, make it difficult, if not impossible, to start from scratch in an Italy that I left when I was still a teenager. Many years ago...

Hence my decision to return to Kabul, to resume the activities of my sole proprietorship registered with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan, and to move my ideas from concept to projects aimed at creating positive change in the rural communities of Afghanistan.

To resume my business within a reasonable two-month period, I need to rise €8,500.

This will be used: 

-to bear the costs of my travels from Italy to Afghanistan; 

-to re-hire at least 2 of the employees I had before cancer stopped my business;

-to rent a small building/house to be used both as Office and as my home;

-to buy some new home & office equipment and some furniture taking into account the needs that a person with (my) disabilities might have in Afghanistan due to the security situation.

Cancer and disability led me to live life as if I were going to die tomorrow, and gave me the determination to work even harder. 

I have decided to start this GoFundMe as an individual and coordinate all my projects with my sole proprietorship, as I believe this will bring donors closer to my activities and to Afghanistan, and will create a direct dialogue between them and the Afghans in need, leading to more transparency during the implementation of the projects.

All my activities will be described with the utmost transparency on my web site, and you can always have a look at my finances, so you feel confident in how I invest your money.



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