Author: Mahboba Rawi

New School Year and Nawroz in Afghanistan

The 2017 school year for the children of Afghanistan will start soon. After a long break over the cold winter, children head back to classes when the heavy snow begins to melt away and spring can be felt in the air. It is an exciting time for Mahboba’s Promise. We have been marketing our early education centres in Kabul and Panjshir heavily to the local communities, leaving flyers in shops and visiting local houses to talk about the benefits of early education for children. Last year, our Kabul centre had over 60 children attending. We hope to see that...

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A story of Hope

Arezu is a baby girl born to a young newlywed couple in Afghanistan. Before she had even come into the world, tragedy hit Arezu’s family hard.  Her father wanted to provide for his pregnant wife but could not find a job in Afghanistan. He instead had to smuggle himself into Iran for work. On the border, he was shot by Iranian soldiers and bled to death. He was buried right there. He was an orphan himself and the same fate befell his unborn child. The man’s young wife was still pregnant with Arezu when the shocking news reached home....

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A cold, harsh reality: Afghans face brutal winter

I want to share with you a recent story that touched me deeply. It is about a woman named Kobra.  Like many of the widows in Afghanistan with no means to an income, Kobra and her six children live in crushing poverty. She came to the attention of Mahboba’s Promise and we enrolled her into our sponsorship program but unfortunately it was too late for Kobra and her family to avoid tragedy. With winter setting in, Kobra became increasingly anxious about how she could support her family. Her eight-year-old son, Najib, took on the task of supporting his family,...

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A dire situation in Afghanistan

Mahboba Rawi is currently in Kabul on one of her regular visits and here she reports her alarm on arrival on this occasion at the situation in this beleaguered country. I have come to Kabul and when I walked out of the airport what I saw was the same as what I saw in 2002 when the Taliban had just left. The poverty was unbelievable. I was shocked because after ten years there seemed to have been no improvement. The road was full of kids begging. There were women sitting on the roads wearing burqa. They crowded around cars,...

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