Bamiyan Family Park

Not all of PARSA projects turn out the way we intend, sustaining themselves into the future, especially projects that involve valuable resources such as the Bamiyan Women’s Garden.  In 2007, PARSA took over the stewardship of a very special park in Bamiyan near to Share Zohak dedicated to women.  Over the course of three years we found donors to help support the development of the Bamiyan Women’s Garden into a restaurant, greenhouse and a place for women’s crafts. An unfortunate push by government and international donors for tourism had the park transferred out of our hands into the hands of a business.  Subsequently, it has been shut down to the public.  Tourism has virtually stopped in Bamiyan because of security.  This park was built with love by Arezu, a Canadian who spent 18 years in this area and also started the women’s garden in Kabul.  We hope that with the upcoming political changes, that this park will be put in the hands of an Afghan agency that will open it once more to the women and families of the area for enjoyment and an opportunity to grow small enterprises.  Of course, as we have long memories and a long term commitment to the communities of Afghanistan, we are ready to participate.