The Christian Science Monitor article
The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article that discussed the philosophy and purpose behind Afghanistan Samsortya. Integrated within the article are important words from founder, Mariam Raqib, who states the vital role forests and farmlands play in replenishing the many regions of Afghanistan. She describes the tangible change and empowerment that can come in the planting and caring, of just a single tree. The fruit and shade, which it will come to bear, can provide a sustainable future that will not only nourish, but also empower, the people of Afghanistan. The immediate aid that the trees provide are necessary for the revitalization of the country, and the interview with Raqib further illustrates this, as well as exhibits to the reader the role of human rights and democracy that are rooted within the organizations efforts. The link to the article is as follows: ow.ly/wkBM1
Events: December 2013
We are very pleased that The Permaculture Research Institute, based in Australia, has been gracious enough to discuss The Afghanistan Samsortya on their website. Permaculture is a design science that connects people with their natural surroundings. The goal is to develop sustainable, agricultural ecosystems that can provide most of the needs of a village or community. The Permaculture Research Institute strives to educate people about the importance of sustainable development in a number of different environmental fields. We have been fortunate to have garnered their attention, and we are grateful that they have taken the time to work with us and promote our work. Please visit them at www.permaculturenews.org. You may also read our article by clicking on the following link:http://permaculturenews.org/2013/12/04/re-foresting-afghanistan/
Also, be sure to visit our friends over at www.resilience.org. According to the Resilience Alliance, the concept of resilience is defined as "the capacity of an ecosystem to tolerate disturbance without collapsing into a qualitatively different state that is controlled by a different set of processes. A resilient ecosystem can withstand shocks and rebuild itself when necessary." After years of destruction, rebuilding the agrarian communities in Afghanistan doesn't stop at bringing the land back to life; we must ensure that the land can survive for generations to come. Resilience.org allows us to share our story while receiving informative feedback from readers from around the world.
The willingness of those who want to share and get involved with us doesn't stop with large organizations. We are so appreciative of the efforts being made by the Pleasant Valley School District and the work being done by the students of Danielle Unger's English class. Mrs. Unger and her students have taken it upon themselves to get involved with our work and start fundraising for the organization. The money they raise will go to expanding our nurseries and providing trees for local families and their communities. We thank them for their help, and we hope others will follow in their footsteps.