March 21 was the start of the Afghanistan New Year and was also when we started the Institute for Leadership Development classes. Each year the number of applications increase, which gives us a bigger pool from which we can select the best and most open minded men and women in Afghanistan to train in Servant Leadership. One of the key parts of leadership development is for each student to tell his or her story. It is fairly rare that an Afghan professional be given the chance to safely tell their story publically. We train these men and women more effecively when we know their backgrounds, families, dreams, pain and suffering. As we get to know them personally, we help them to see that there is a reason for their lives, a purpose that is uniquely connected to who they are.[Read more…]
“I am not alive, but I am not dead,” whispered Khadija. Khadija, a 23-year old Afghan woman, set herself on fire after losing all hope, due to an abusive arranged marriage. She was “sold” as a young 15 year old girl for $3,400, to support her impoverished family.[Read more…]
Did you know that Morning Star operates a radio station in a rural part of eastern Afghanistan?
Radio has been the most popular form of media in Afghanistan since the 1920s. Eighteen years ago, under the Taliban controlled government music, television and movies were outlawed. As a result, many resorted to radios which were harder to restrict.[Read more…]
Young Afghans have lived the majority of their lives faced with war – many of them spending formative years in refugee camps at the Pakistan border – and they are determined to be a post-war generation. These young Afghans already have learned enough to yearn for more than survival; they want an education, English language training, a skills set, and a satisfying job.