In the fall of 2015, PARSA Afghan Scouts lost a very talented and active scout to the illegal immigration trail. Mohammed had been in the scouts for almost five years, Marastoon troop and had just recently attended the Japanese international Scout Jamboree representing the Afghan Scout Movement. His mother, under pressure from family members, sent him and his cousin out of the country because she saw no future for him here. He died in Iran in a car crash. PARSA directors and staff met to make sense of this tragic loss and decided that in 2016 we would start an economic program for youth, pre job skills, and focus on a message of hope for the future for the youth in our programs.This week, Reese and Safi started the program with 8 boy scouts, who will meet twice a week and learn all sorts of skills that will build their confidence as workers as they continue school and decide their own employment future with PARSA’s support. Reese and Safi are starting them on their own garden, where they will be able sell the proceeds, and learn as a team how to reinvest in other projects. “Uncle Daoud” is the expert who will work with them on this project but after the garden is put in they will move onto carpentry, plumbing, painting, and finding products they can sell. They will also learn the basics of running a business, managing money and working as a team. If you would like to donate to this project we would appreciate the support to get it started.