The Scouts on the Mountain Top…

Scout hike 7I was flying home from the US last week when I checked in and received the word about our Friday Scout climb.  The troops, boys and girls from the Marastoon area met with our Scout directors and volunteer Scout Masters for a long hike to learn climbing skills.  When I saw the pictures of our kids, many who we have worked with for years, working with the Scout Masters who have remained dedicated and loyal to Scouts through the years of war- I said to myself “this is the real story”…about what is emerging in Afghanistan.  Our youth love putting on a uniform and participating in a quite formal Afghan style program, in each event that we organize.  They love the intensity that our Scout masters have when they teach merit badge skills and manage the meetings.   And our PARSA team have put in a long hard four years, battling government officials who did not want to recognize a civil society organization as having the right to train Scout troops, and  of course, our constant struggle for funding.  So I saw the pictures of the Scouts on the mountain top behind PARSA and Marastoon, with their Afghan and Scout flags, I was inspired by what our staff has accomplished and moved by what is possible here in Afghanistan. MarnieScout hike 6Scout hike 2Scout hike 5Scout hike 3Scout hike 4Scout hike group