Help Ivo Toniut to return to work after cancer

It was July 2018. I had to leave Kabul urgently, and 45 minutes after landing in Italy I was already in the emergency 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.

Due to the surgery I lost my natural voice, and I will never be able to breathe through nose and mouth again, but only through a hole in the neck that directly connects the lungs to the outside of my body. As an autodidact, after two long years 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 do exercises to partially regain the sense of smell, and I am learning to speak with esophageal voice.
48625758_161025943979209_r.jpegThe disability, two years of absence from Afghanistan, two years 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 to start from scratch in an Italy that I left when I was still a teenager. An Italy that despite being my homeland, I don't know as I know the countries where I have lived and worked all my life. Hence my need to return to Afghanistan, and to resume the activities of my sole proprietorship. For this purpose I have started this GoFundMe.

To re-organize my business within a reasonable two-month period, I need to rise €9,200 (updated on 11 Dec 2020). This will be used: 
• to bear the costs of my travels from Italy to Afghanistan (estimated at €1,450);
• to re-hire at least 2 of the employees I had before cancer stopped my business (two-months' salaries estimated at €4,350 including transport and other benefits, and payroll taxes);
• to rent a small building/house to be used both as Office and as my home (two-months' rent estimated at €2,200 including security deposit and payment of utility bills);
• 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 (estimated at €1,200);

*[The estimate doesn't take into account all other costs, such as those related to carrying out the procedures to activate my company, medical care, security, etc., as they will be borne thanks to other sources of funding.]

Once back in Afghanistan, I will work to turn my ideas into projects that I will carry out in various sectors, including, but not limited to: agritourism, agriculture, renewables, and health.

Even a small donation could help me reach the fundraising goal, and if you can't make a donation, it would be great if you could share my fundraiser to help spread the word. 
I will keep you posted about my projects and activities at all times, and you can always have a look at my finances, so you feel confident in how I invest your money.

Your help will not be forgotten!


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