Introducing PARSA UK

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Meet Sally Baldwin, our new manager at PARSA UK.  Sally is working with a team of volunteers to market products from PARSA’s businesswomen as well as developing connections between our Afghan Scouts and Scout Troops in the UK. British supporters can check out the new PARSA UK Facebook page and website.  We have had such support from our British friends over the years, especially Louise Hastie, recently returned to Birmingham, and we look forward to seeing what Sally’s team does this year. Sally adopted a special dog, Brin, from Afghanistan through our partner, Nowzad, and he is famous for surviving being captured by the Taliban. Thank you for joining us Sally!!!

Update on PARSA Job Corps

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We are in the second month of our first PARSA Job Corps team’s program. The boys spent their month learning and working in Khalil’s small engine repair shop.  Thank you, Richard Day for donating a 1954 Royal Enfield motorbike for them to “fix”.  Many opportunities for learning on that one!  Please consider donating to their program, so we can expand it.  We just had two boys join this month so we are 10 now.  The boys mothers are widows and they were struggling to find something useful for the boys to do and afraid that their kids would go to the streets.  For those of you in Kabul who have small broken engines around, we are setting up a workshop for them this month.  Actually they are doing the work, and Tamim Hamkar is volunteering to teach them electricity to wire the Farm and other needy places.  Thanks all who are making this possible.  We are so excited to offer this program to our Afghan Scouts!!!

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Psychosocial Training in Kunduz and Badakhshan

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Mohsin, psychosocial trainer and Safi, Scout Master trainer, taught a workshop for Child Fund professionals who work with children in camps for returnees.  The Healthy Afghan Child program helps Afghan professionals set up Children’s Committees, where children problem solve, participate in educational learning activities and  children have a structured and safe place to talk.  Mohsin has worked extensively in National Orphanages, and Safi training both Scouts and Scout Masters.  The area they traveled to do this is not a safe area, and we are very happy that they were willing to do so.

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