Time in Afghanistan

ALTSO’s Director of Programs, AJ, is currently spending nearly a week in Kabul, Afghanistan visiting our program partner. He sent us this note today and we couldn’t help but share.

“I had the pleasure of sitting down to lunch at the Kabul Orthopedic Organization yesterday with the male staff (half of whom are disabled themselves and patients at KOO) before the ribbon cutting ceremony of their new clinic, which had been attended by heads of all national ministries in many different sectors within Afghanistan. The turnout was very impressive.

 

Special thanks to their staff cook who made such a great meal out of zucchini, rice and warm bread

Special thanks to their staff cook who made such a great meal out of zucchini, rice and warm bread

 

Note from my journal:

Afghans are some of the kindest people I have ever met throughout my travels. Even though Afghans might not always have two coins to rub together (which more times than not the average person does not), they will always make you feel welcomed and share all that they have to offer with you – known throughout the world as “Afghan Hospitality”, which is lived up to and not exaggerated.

ALTSO and I myself are so fortunate to be a part of their small ‘family’, who has been providing free orthopedic care to the disabled population of Kabul for more than 25 years.

It seems to be on many minds the uncertainty of what will happen after 2014 as the majority of Coalition forces withdrawal. One can only hope for peace in a country that has seen war for over 3 decades now.”