You will see quite a few posts from me over time in regards to Mahboba’s Promise & the Orphans and Widows of Afghanistan.
Going to Afghanistan and working with Mahboba’s Promise has helped drive me to follow my dream, my passion…
It seems that the most common question I have been asked is… Why did I go?
Mahboba had expressed the need of a photographer to go with her to Afghanistan. The aim was to document Hope House, an orphanage in Kabul, take portraits of the children and to mentor children from the orphanage in photography. At first I said no, through complete fear! A woman, blonde, blue eyed and carrying camera gear! No way!!! and then Mahboba told me the story of one child, a young woman, Sadiqa and this was enough to change my path. If I could help just one child the trip to Afghanistan would be worth it. I was terrified and had to overcome a lot of fears to be able to arrive in Kabul..It was a huge process.
My life’s dream is to document positive aspects of community and you can not find a more positive story than that of what Mahboba’s promise is doing in Afghanistan! I had to go.
Usually, when I go to a place of poverty I walk away from there feeling deeply touched, and inspired at the ability of peoples happiness in such poor conditions. I am sure you agree, if you have been to such a place you say something like ‘wow look at that they have very little but they are still smiling!’ That is not the case in my experience of Afghanistan. The Afghani people are beautiful, warm and generous. However, there were so many children that are lacking inner light. I have never seen such man made destruction. The damage done and which is continuing to be done is completely by our own hand. Human chaos. There is a huge sense of numbness and despair, sadness, suffering and lack of hope. They are innocent little beings that have been exposed to the harshest conditions, the cruelest of human behaviour and are now living desperately on the streets doing what they can for survival. All children deserve to be filled with love and light. All people deserve to feel safe loved and nurtured.
I learnt so much from the journey to Afghanistan with Mahboba, I learnt more then I could write here. Although I will share… My deepest lesson learnt from going to Afghanistan is this… I have come back with a huge responsibility to make the most of my life. Not necessarily to climb the highest mountain or be a multi millionaire but to be the best person I can be. I have realised what an insult it is to the universe & to all those people I saw that don’t have a choice, if I am not to make the most of this life I have been given. My life’s priority is to give with Love and Compassion.