Visiting our Giva-Knit partner again is always a motivating experience. I met with Yousef Mohamed, Aschiana’s director and he shows me around their center and offices in central Kabul. The staff are professional and dedicated. Through their hallways are pictures drawn by children, photos taken of projects and beautiful landscape shots from different parts of the country. Like a museum, one room is stuffed with paintings, drawings and sculptures made by children helped by Aschiana which have been displayed at various exhibitions.
We then visit different rooms where children are busy on computers, basic literacy and numeracy, doing wood carving and shop work as well as, of course, traditional art. We also visit an outdoor court where boys play soccer. This is what it’s all about – children being themselves just as they would in any other country while theirs continues to suffer from war and extreme poverty. Moreover, the children are engaged, having fun and clearly learning. Despite all their set-backs and obstacles they will face, they are laying the foundation for the future and deserve more support.