PARSA is an NGO that has been promoting social change and a healthy and fair society for all people, especially women and children, in Afghanistan since 1996. They are now working to expand their support of the National Orphanage of Badakhshan Province in response to the massive landslide that struck the province last Friday. PARSA is providing disaster response kits through the orphanage that include food and medical supplies. However, this means they need to double their capacity and resources. Help from the community is vital to this effort.
Please support them and the National Orphanage and donate here.
PARSA is also collecting items locally for a truck to be sent to the orphanage on Monday, May 12. Anyone who is located in Kabul can support them with:
- Children's clothing and shoes
- Beds, bedding, towels
- Hygiene items
- Medical kit supplies
Anyone in Kabul interested in donating items, please contact Alyssa Hoseman at 0770787949 for information about pick-ups or delivery.
Recovery is underway, but the event is still a fresh wound--what should have been a normal Friday in the village of Abi Barak, Afghanistan became a day of disaster. The village was struck by a landslide that has claimed over 2,100 lives and up to 700 families are displaced. The wave of mud was so sudden that villagers didn't have time to react: Ataullah had "watched helplessly as tonnes of mud split away and tumbled down towards the home where his children were playing and his wife was preparing lunch." Another villager Abdul Khalleeq said, "The mud came down like a knife...It was so fast that people down there didn't have a chance."After the landslide subsided, people rushed to help survivors--villagers, aid workers, engineers, government officials. Yet, the disaster area of Abi Barak has essentially become a mass grave because the mud was so overwhelming that it is almost impossible to dig through the whole area. Sunday marked a day of mourning as the people began to support the survivors.
One of the most vulnerable groups among the displaced survivors are children. That's why the work that PARSA and the National Orphanage is doing so important. Please support them in anyway; every bit counts towards recovery.
Written by Merry Pham