Author: kbyrnes

Widows of war: Afghanistan’s most vulnerable

Widows are the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan, facing unimaginable hardship in a country torn apart by decades of war.  Amina* is a 25-year-old widow living in Afghanistan, raising her disabled daughter. She was forcibly married at the age of 16, and her husband took his own life while Amina was pregnant. Her husband’s family blamed her for his death and as a result, Amina was left victim to violence and abuse by her in-laws. Amina’s story is similar to millions other women in Afghanistan. Almost forty-years of instability has led to around two-million widows who have lost their...

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Qurbani reaches Afghan villagers suffering from floods

“This year’s Eid-al Qurban Appeal had a special purpose; to sacrifice 100 sheep at the village of Pushgoor in Panjshir Valley, where just a few weeks ago a devastating flood destroyed much of the village.” In 2018, Mahboba’s Promise directly delivered fresh Qurbani meat to thousands of Afghan people most in need. With gratitude to generous donors, the organisation was able to reach hundreds more families than any year prior. This Eid Al-Adha, Mahboba’s Promise distributed high quality meat to 6 Provinces in Afghanistan (Kabul, Parwan, Panjshir, Bamyan, Takhar and Badakhshan), most of which were rural areas that are...

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From dependency to self-sufficiency: A change of perceptions

The great charity debate: why it’s time to change attitudes towards 21st century charity work. Over 767 million people around the world are still living under the international extreme poverty line of $1.90 USD a day. It is estimated that a person dies of hunger or hunger-related causes every ten seconds, and a large majority of these are children under the age of five (The World Bank Org). Poverty robs people of their basic human rights, such as access to food, clean drinking water, shelter, education and healthcare. Without a doubt, international aid is a crucial component in the...

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The unparalleled importance of Girls’ Education

Would you believe it if I told you that if all the women in the world had a primary education, 1.7 million children worldwide would be saved from malnutrition? Well in fact, if all women had a secondary education, 12 million children would be saved from malnutrition. These indisputable facts from UNESCO show us that when we educate women from a young age, we are saving millions of lives from malnutrition, child mortality, maternal mortality and poverty. Not just girl’s lives, but all lives. However, with 31 million girls of primary school age currently not enrolled in school, we...

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Does charitable action change poverty?

Why should Australians, or citizens of any developed nation, donate their time, energy, and money to social causes which do not affect themselves? It is easy to see that apathy reigns for the modern Australian in regards to social issues. When governments decimate foreign aid budgets, reject those seeking asylum, and the world’s richest continue to increase their share of global wealth, it is understandable for group mentalities to waver towards the opinion that each individual must rectify their problems without the aid of others. When it appears everyone else is focused on self-servicing, the only logical conclusion is...

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