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Afghanistan – Mahboba’s Promise

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010


Mahboba’s Promise is a non-profit based in Australia dedicated to helping women and children in Afganistan. Mahboba Rawi, a former Afghan refugee founded the charity organization. Their main focus is to rebuild the lives of widows and children who have been victims of war and local unrest. The organization provides educational opportunities along with basic needs in rural areas.

The non-profit’s vision is to help secure a more stable environment for disadvantaged people in Afghanistan. Their projects include development aid targeted at children, orphans, widows and women. Current programs seek community rebuilding with new schools, community and healthy care facilities that will be run by local governments and communities.

Mahboba’s Promise looks forward to new projects to further strengthen development efforts. Along with basic necessities and vocational training, a new youth leadership training project and permaculture project will be added.

Detailed Project Descriptions

1. Educational/Health Care/Social Facility Setup and Construction

Current projects include the
- “Hope House Medical Centre“, which opened in 2009
- “Hope House“, completed in 2007, a building that hosts the non profit office and educational classrooms for children and adults/community centre for widows and oprhans
- “Peace House“, a centre for vocational training benefiting earthquake victims from Pakistan
- The Hazrat Ali Orphanage, which provides appropriate education for fatherless children in rural communities

2. Livestock Management

Mahboba’s Promise lends rural widows their own calf and a cow for 18 months, and after the women have raised the calves well, they are entitled to keep the cow. The non-profit offers supplementary livestock training and food making skills so that they can have a source of dairy products and a small livelihood for their family.

3. Water Systems and Wells

The non-profit continues its pledge for a healthier rural environment with the establishment of clean drinking water in schools and communities. Mahboba’s Promise has since set up many water pumps and wells in Jaghori, Panjshir Valley and Kabul.

4. Housing

Widows are also provided with training and materials for rebuilding homes or building new ones. The non-profit is committed to helping these disadvantaged women raise their children in a more safer environment.

5. Leadership Training

The organization also hopes to raise future leaders in Afghanistan with a new youth leadership program. Lessons will include Ethics, Philosophy, Politics and Social Studies.

6. Permaculture Project

Mahboba’s Promise is working on a new plan for a permaculture project with Geoff Lawton and the support of Muslim Aid Australia to start a sustainable living initiative in Kabul.

What Mahboba’s Promise Needs

Individuals – The non-profit is looking for sponsors for widows and orphans, donors, volunteers and fundraisers. You can also join the non-profit for a small fee.

Organizations – The non-profit is also seeking corporate sponsors, donations of services or goods, OR you can request Mahboba as a speaker.

Contact Info

Mahboba’s Promise
PO Box 6234,
North Ryde,
NSW 2113, Australia


Tel: +612 9887 1665

India – Annamalai Reforestation Society (ARS)

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Mount Arunachala, Tamil Nadu


Annamalai Reforestation Society (ARS)
is a non-profit volunteer organization that aims to preserve and regenerate Mount Arunachala in Tamil Nadu and its surrounding areas. The organization’s mission is to spread environmental awareness, its problems and solutions, and promote a harmonious balance between all living creatures through educational campaigns and programs. The Society also coordinates with other organizations on similar causes.

ARS’s main benefactor is the Rainforest Information Center (RIC), based in Australia. Apeetha Arunagiri founded ARS in 1988, with the help and support of IRC. Their Australian sponsor also sends deputy personnel to assist with ARS operations. Today, John Button, an RIC director, helps manage the ARS Permaculture Farm Model as a consultant and conducts a Permaculture Design Course at Tiruvannamalai.

The non-profit’s current programs include:
- maintenance of a central sapling nursery
- a demo farm,
- conservation, reforestation and permaculture projects,
- wasteland development,
- eco-awareness educational campaigns,
- and women development projects.

Project Descriptions

1. Central Nursery

ARS’s main nursery provides saplings for reforestation activities on Arunachala Hill, as well as on Giri pradakshina road. The nursery also supplies to individuals, schools, NGO’s and other institutions.

2. Demo Farm for Permaculture Projects

The farm, donated in 1992, consists of an eight-acre area in Tiruvannamalai where ARS implements renewable energy models (biogas, wind and solar power), water management and soil conservation practices. The area also hosts a poultry and sericulture farm, along with an education facility for seminars and workshops.

3. Wasteland Development/ Conservation/ Reforestation Activites

The Society not only seeks the total revitalization of Mount Arunachala, but its surrounding lands as well. Surrounding temple lands and wastelands are being replanted with fruit/herbal/ medicinal tree and flowering plants. ARS projects include the Arunachaleswarar Temple, Kannappar Temple, Yama Lingam land (a barren temple) and Niruthi Lingam.

4. Initiating Eco-Clubs in Schools

The Society also provides lectures, demos and other educational campaigns in schools. ARS encourages children to start their own Eco-Clubs to spread environmental awareness among their peers.

5. Women’s Development Projects

The Sri Unnamulai Rural Women’s Development Society or REGD arm of the ARS focuses on women empowerment through various training programs. REGD offers practical skills training like nursery raising, food preservation, vocational courses, and organic farming among others.

What ARS Needs

Volunteers and donations are always welcome. The Society needs you to continue its meaningful work with your generous contribution of funding and/or participation.

Contact Info

Annamalai Reforestation Society
Post Bag No. 5
Tiruvannamalai – 606 603
T.S. District, Tamil Nadu, India

Tel/Fax: +91 4175 237765