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, and 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 cancer surgery 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, I am learning to speak with a 'new voice'.

The disability, too many months of absence from Afghanistan, the long 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... So I made the decision to return to Kabul, to resume the activities of my sole proprietorship registered with the Ministry of Industry & 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.

I started this GoFundMe as an individual, and it is my intention to carry on my activities with my sole proprietorship, excluding the realization of any of my projects on behalf of non-governmental organizations, as I believe this will bring donors closer 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.

If you love Afghanistan and decide to become one of my donors, you have my gratitude and I THANK YOU warmly.



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