Return to work (in Afghanistan) after cancer

At the beginning of July 2018 I was urgently transported from Afghanistan to a hospital in northern Italy where I was diagnosed with rare and 'devastating' cancer that would have killed me if I hadn't given my consent to equally devastating surgery and combined radio-chemotherapy. Doctors informed me that due to the surgery I would lose my natural voice and would not be able to perceive odors, and that 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. A hole that I protect and hide with a cotton scarf.
48625758_1604926722333602_r.jpegAs an autodidact, after many months of suffering from the side effects of the radio-chemotherapy and post-surgical pain, a distressing follow-up, and many efforts to get my body and mind used to the new life, I do exercises to partially regain the sense of smell (and taste) and I am learning to speak with a monotonous and feeble esophageal voice. A voice that sadly limits my communication skills and what-was my fluency in four languages ​​besides the Italian mother tongue.
48625758_15924831295551_r.jpegCancer treatments have kept me away from Afghanistan for almost two years, preventing me from doing any job that could generate income. This led to spending almost all my savings to overcome the health emergency, and to minimize the economic resources necessary to resume the activities of my sole proprietorship after two years of interruption. I have spent most of my life abroad, I have already reached an age that has passed half-century, but I am still too young to retire. And with my disability, it is extremely difficult for me to work in Italy; a country that I left when I was still a teenager, about 40 years ago. Starting from the day after the surgery, I have vainly hunted dignity in a ruthless Italian bureaucracy overwhelmed by the lack of respect for a person with disabilities who still has the will and the right to work.

The loss of my natural voice, the high risk of cancer recurrence, and the overwhelming Italian bureaucracy cannot bring my life to the end. Hence my decision to start this fundraiser without which I would not be able to resume and re-organize the activities of my individual company in Afghanistan.

To resume and re-organize my activities within a reasonable two-month period, I need to rise €10,000 (Updated 30 August 2020).

This will be used: 
- to bear the costs of my travels from Italy to Afghanistan (estimated at €1,500);
- to re-hire at least 2 of the employees I had before cancer stopped my business (two-months' salaries estimated at €4,500 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 €2,500 including security deposit and payment of utility bills);
- 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 €1,500);

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.

I will return to Afghanistan with many new ideas, and thanks to your donations, I will be able to implement important projects in the sectors of commerce, tourism and agritourism, and health. For more info about me, my projects and activities, please pay a visit to my website at:

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the time you have kindly spent on reading my story.

I have decided to start this fundraiser as an individual and coordinate all my projects with my individual company registered with the Ministry of Industry & Commerce of Afghanistan, as I believe that in this way I will bring donors closer to my activities and to Afghanistan and will create a direct dialogue between them and the Afghans, leading to more transparency during the implementation of my projects. In addition to a donation, you can support my activities in Afghanistan by making your professional experience available during the realization of the projects.

If you decide to become a donor, 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. Thank you for your support!


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