It was a good surprise for more than 150 families living in caves in Bamyan Province, eastern Afghanistan when a group of young Afghan Scouts distributed winter clothes on 29th January 2013.
The months of December to March are the winter months in Afghanistan and the clothes given to them was such a warm relief. Approximately, there are 400 families living in the caves of Bamyan from its 400,000 total population who are mostly refugees.
PARSA was grateful to the Boy Scouts of America (Troop 463) for collecting and shipping clothes to Afghanistan which was about 1200 kilos, from five schools and other institutions in the United States.
Presently, PARSA has 1,063 active boys and girls from six provinces around the country who are actively participating in regular Scout activities.
Since 2009, PARSA has been in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and WOSM/Asia-Pacific Region in providing Scouting to children and young people in orphanages mainly in Kabul and in other provinces of Afghanistan.
-- by Muhammad Tamim Hamkar, Director of PARSA Afghan Scouts Program