After nearly three months of organizing, including getting the full support of the Afghan Ministry of Returnees & Repatriation and the camp elders, as well as coordinating the briquette training operation, the project is finally ready to launch.
Additional challenges included being held up by weeks of constant rain in Kabul (which, at the IDP camp translates to slippery, cold, messy, miserable mud) as well as Kabul’s frequent electricity outages, which made uploading a 10-minute video a week-long exercise in patience.
Nobody ever said launching projects in Third World war zones was easy, I guess.
The good news is this week the six Afghan trainees will be selected and will be introduced to the six American project sponsors very soon. Stay tuned!