Afghanistan Samsortya
Giving the gift of trees

Projects

Initiatives to build stronger communities.


Afghan Nurseries

Samsortya has helped to establish four nurseries to date in Eastern Afghanistan. The gardens are established on privately-held land and staffed by local workers. The spaces boast hundreds upon thousands of trees and plants of staggering variety. The harvest from each year is used to feed families in the neighborhood where the nursery is established.

Some of our plants include fig, orange, pear, strawberry, olive, persimmon, corn, pumpkin, spinach, guava, and pomegranate.


Nangarhar Chicken Project

With protein being extremely rare in the average Afghan diet, Samsortya began raising money in 2015 for the Nangarhar Chicken Project. By donating poultry and several months' supply of feed to needy families, the residents of Eastern Afghanistan are able to feed their families with much needed protein and generate income through the sale of eggs. An initiative that started with two dozen birds, the Nangarhar Chicken Project has grown substantially with the help of funding from our supporters, with almost 500 chickens and several dozen turkeys having been donated by the summer of 2017. In the coming months, we hope to purchase more birds and expand the project to include other types of livestock that will have a significant impact on families' livelihoods.


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Kabul Commons

In our newest initiative, Samsortya has acquired a piece of land that makes up a courtyard between several apartment buildings in the Afghan capital of Kabul. It is in this clearing that Samsortya hopes to establish its fifth nursery space. In a neighborhood where women are often stuck inside with little opportunity for secure work or leisure, a community greenspace offers a safe and comfortable place for women to gather in a natural milieu and engage with the community. Moreover, a garden offers a local source of food and fuel in a city where both are costly, and an opportunity for agricultural knowledge to be utilized in a productive way.


Wells and Springs

Samsortya has funded the drilling of wells to supply clean water to the residents of the cities and villages where the nurseries are established. In Afghanistan, more than 75% of the population lacks access to clean water for drinking and bathing, making the wells one of Samsortya's top priorities. In addition to these wells being a consistent source of potable water for local Afghans, the water is used to irrigate the Samsortya nurseries and aid the growth of the thousands of trees that provide food, fuel, and employment to the villagers.

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2017 Fundraising Push

After director Mariam Raqib's summer visit to Kabul, Jalalabad, and rural Nangarhar, we at Samsortya are more inspired than ever to expand our projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. Fall is our biggest season for fundraising, and this year our fundraising goal is our most ambitious to date, and yet with the amazing progress that has been made in our past year of work in the nurseries, we wholeheartedly believe that it is achievable, but only with the help of our partners and supporters.