We partner with local Afghans to renew a devastated ecosystem and rebuild communities.
Samsortya was created from a handful of seeds by Dr. Mariam Raqib, a former refugee from Eastern Afghanistan. After returning to her home country in 2008 and finding that the lush and beautiful country she once knew had been environmentally devastated after decades of conflict, our organization was founded through small donations from a worldwide network of contributors. Samsortya has become a support system for the Afghan communities it serves by establishing nurseries and gardens, offering employment and educational opportunities, and funding various environmental projects that seek to improve the quality of life for Afghan families.
Samsortya has established four greenspaces in the areas of Kabul, Jalalabad, and rural Nangarhar. The gardens provide food, fuel, and comfort to their local communities, as well as creating employment opportunities for locals.
Since 2015, Samsortya has been donating poultry and feed to families in the communities where our gardens are located. Families are able to have a reliable, self-sustaining source of protein and a potential source of income.
Our latest fundraising season is upon us, and with it comes a flurry of activity from our supporters in the United States and from our partners in Afghanistan. Samsortya will be engaging in active fundraising through the end of 2017 to fund the upcoming planting season in Afghanistan and the various ongoing projects to which Samsortya is committed.
During her latest trip to Afghanistan, Dr. Raqib began making plans to convert an abandoned courtyard in Kabul into a park for women and children to gather safely and comfortably in a natural space. This garden will mark Samsortya's fifth nursery, and an important addition to Kabul's growing Green movement.