If Nawroz is a time for celebration and gift giving, how about the orphans?
Nawroz, the Afghan New Year, is a time for celebration. Literally meaning ‘New Day’, the new year brings together families and friends as they share gifts, food and happy memories. As it coincides with the start of the new school year in Afghanistan, it is also a time when fathers gift their children items for the upcoming school year.
But in a country with over 2 million orphans, there will be many children who will not experience the celebration and joy that goes with Nawroz. Mahboba’s Promise wants to change this.
Give some joy to orphans this Nawroz.
Abdul Rahman is a five-year-old boy who currently resides at our Badakhshan Orphanage. Abdul’s parents divorced just over a year ago, with his father disappearing shortly after. After this, Abdul’s mother struggled to raise her son due to the economic and cultural boundaries that women in Afghanistan face. Being the most vulnerable group, women in rural Afghanistan who lack a male-head are subject to extreme poverty. With no source of income, Abdul’s mother knew she would be unable to provide her son with the opportunities in life that constitute a bright future. Subsequently, Abdul’s mother enrolled her son with the Supportive Organisation for Destitute Children (SODC) in Badakhshan a year ago, which later became our Badakhshan Hope House.
It’s been over a year since Abdul first entered the orphanage and says he wants to stay as long as possible. Abdul will start attending school this year, where he hopes to learn English and computer skills. In the future, Abdul dreams to be an Army officer to help make a positive difference in Afghanistan, through rebuilding his country and secure his province from all Taliban threats.
Help Abdul follow his dream by purchasing a Celebration & Gift pack, which equips disadvantaged children with essential stationary and clothing for school in 2018.