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Introducing Scouting to orphanages in Afghanistan

1st Jan 2011

To keep Scouting active in Afghanistan, 33 Scouts from an orphanage-based troop in Ghor Province had the 1st Orientation Unit Leaders Training Course from 22 September to 2 October 2010. This shows that Scouting in Afghanistan is very much alive despite difficult circumstances.

The event came as a surprise for the people in the district to see Scouts in a public prayer and invited by a youth union. They painted and wrote peace messages on walls and bulkhead.

Over 160 students and guests from various government offices, local and international organizations, acknowledged the efforts of PARSA in initiating Scout activities and the event was broadcast on national television.

Some sources say that the Deputy Prime Minister of social affairs sees the need of making Scouting more popular especially in orphanages as it has positive effects in the lives of young people in Afghanistan society.

Through PARSA, a non-government organization, Scouting started in Ghor province at Chagcharron Orphanage. Now there are two troops flourishing on their own and have started two separate programs in the community like garbage clean-up. The programs were so successful that some communities asked PARSA to start a program for female members and this is giving a boost to the communities to start making their villages clean and beautiful.

In addition, the Chagcharran Scouts started an economic program called Kitchen Gardens, which is about helping women start small buisnesses.

PARSA’s hope is to introduce the Scouting program to orphans to show the community that dealing with them "hands on" could create a lasting impact on their lives. Expansion is being done in Bamiyan Province with a goal of going nationwide.

PARSA receives funding from the US embassy to support Scouting activities and to help build an Afghan Scouts Training Center.