About Mahboba’s Promise

About Mahboba's Promise

While I live and breathe I will work tirelessly to protect, heal and educate the women and children of Afghanistan.” – Mahboba Rawi, Founder of Mahboba’s Promise.

Who We Are

Mahboba’s Promise is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to the women and children of Afghanistan.

Mahboba’s Promise was founded by Mahboba Rawi, an Afghan refugee and now an Australian citizen, who has experienced first-hand the effects of a country torn apart by years of war and civil unrest.

Founded in 1998, Mahboba’s Promise began its mission by helping to care for Afghan refugees who had been forced into a refugee camp in Pakistan by a devastating earthquake in Takhar, Afghanistan.

With Mahboba’s intimate knowledge of Afghanistan, Mahboba’s Promise was able to respond effectively and with flexibility, to directly meet the needs of orphans and widows on the ground. Since then, Mahboba’s Promise has established schools, shelters and health clinics across Afghanistan and provided numerous sponsorships to widows and orphans in need.

(Please see our Projects Page for more information)

Mahboba’s Promise’s ongoing projects have provided education and homes for children, vocational skills and training for women, and support and health care access for the wider community; and over 15 years later, still stands as a respected and effective organisation bringing valuable, sustainable change to the people of war-torn Afghanistan.

Download the history of Mahboba’s Promise here


Mahboba’s Promise is an Association incorporated on 21 November 2001 in New South Wales under the Associations Incorporation Act, 1984.

In 2010 Mahboba’s Promise was endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian Taxation Office, entitling donors of $2 or more to Mahboba’s Promise to claim a tax deduction on their monetary gift when donating to Mahboba’s Promise Inc. Afghanistan Relief Fund.

The membership of Mahboba’s Promise is drawn from Australians of all walks of life who have come together in a common purpose to help the people of Afghanistan.

The Association has an authority to fundraise issued by the Office of Charities, Department of Gaming and Racing under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991.

Tax deductibility

Monetary donations of $2 or more to Mahboba’s Promise can now be directly claimed as tax deductions with the Australian Taxation Office. On receipt of your donation, we will issue you with a tax receipt for this purpose. Monetary donations to our appeals and for widow or child sponsorships are also tax deductible.

For advice on the tax deductible status of other kinds of donation, including donated goods, please consult your accountant or the ATO website at: www.ato.gov.au

The Association’s financial statements are audited annually. Our auditor is Robert Mayberry of Nexia Court & Co.

Annual Report 2015-2016

Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 is now available. The theme emerging from the year is ‘Sustainability’. Over the year we have focused on creating self-sustaining projects that guarantee long term benefits to the communities we work with. With improved efficiency in our operations and our dedicated staff, volunteers and management committee, we are looking forward to what Mahboba’s Promise can achieve in the 2016-2017 year.