In Bamiyan PARSA works with people who live high up in the cliffs above the city, where the ancient Buddhas used to stand. 1000s of years ago, before Islam reached the region the extensive cave system was established by Buddhist monks and used as monasteries and living quarters. Now Afghan refugees who have returned impoverished to the Bamiyan province live with their families in the famous caves. Life is hard for these families. They don’t have land, schools or government support, yet somehow scrape out an existence and still manage to share their food with less fortunate members of their communities. PARSA has established an education program for youth in these communities and provides a stipend for senior Scouts from the community to teach kindergarten aged children.