Afghanistan - A road less travelled, by Silvia Kaeppeli
12 October 2015

In Kabul, JRS walks in solidarity with the people on the margins of society, bringing them hope. (Silvia Kaeppeli/Jesuit Refugee Service)
It has been three decades since the beginning of the conflict in Afghanistan. These years of conflict and oppression plunged the country into a social and political crisis, leaving vulnerable communities broken and hopeless.

JRS began its outreach in the western province of Herat in 2005, and later spread to Bamiyan, Daikundi, and Kabul. JRS serves in these four provinces, with a focus on capacity building through education of minority and vulnerable groups, such as IDPs and returnees.

Silvia Kaeppeli invites us to share her journey (2012-2015) through her beautiful sketches, giving us a glimpse of the hope and healing JRS brings into the lives of people on the margins.


Bamiyan

JRS helps girls extend the range of their activities beyond domestic chores, encouraging them to live more fulfilled lives.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled

We invite people to walk along the path to education, nurturing hope.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled

And accompany the elders in rebuilding relationships and peace after years of war and conflict.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled 



Sohadat

JRS offers returnee mothers and daughters training in livelihood skills – preparing them for job opportunities.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled

And we provide safe spaces for IDP-women to share their stories – facilitating healing.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled


Also in Sohadat, JRS provides IDP-girls access to education, reducing their vulnerability and opening new windows of hope.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled 


JRS meets IDP-children’s basic needs, mitigating early effects of malnutrition.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled


Shaydei

In Shaydei, JRS helps returnee women prepare themselves for emergencies, enhancing their skills.
Afghanistan: the road less traveled


Guzara

In Guzara we strengthen people who care about others, nurturing compassion.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled

And help people become self-reliant, supporting family and community life.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled 



Kabul

In Kabul, JRS helps visually challenged children find orientation, enabling them to live with dignity.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled

JRS walks in solidarity with the people on the margins of society, bringing them hope.

Afghanistan: the road less traveled





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