As you may know, the international presence in Afghanistan over the past 18 years has changed the country drastically and in many ways. One of the major changes was that the many international organizations that established themselves in Kabul employed many Afghans. This was an important source of jobs in a place with very little local economy. Now, as the NGOs and international companies have left Afghanistan, unemployment is rising, and many families in our neighborhood in Kabul are struggling.
On May 5th the month of Ramadan will start. One of the things we celebrate during this month is the spirit of brotherhood and helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. In Kabul $25 USD buys a 50 pound bag of "ard" (Dari for flour)--that's enough to feed a family of 4 for a month. As you can see, a small contribution will make a big difference. Six years ago I held the first "Ard Afghanistan Fundraiser". With support of my friends and community in the US, together we were able to help many families, including friends and neighbors in Afghanistan. Every other year I have started this fundraiser again and each time we have been able to raise more funds. This is the fourth biennial edition of this fundraiser and we hope that you can once again help be a part of meeting this goal!
Thanks for helping in whatever way you're able!
(photo courtesy of BBC)