During the end of each winter or very early spring each year, AIL plants trees with the community. This week we planted over a 1000 native trees! Tree’s are a symbol of hope, but also a practical response to a changing climate. Each one of them will help keep water in the soil, and support a network of small plants.
This year AIL focuses on the hope for new growth in a nation weary of war and conflict. Tree’s are a perfect symbol of growth, of community building, of hope for the future. We do not plant trees for rewards tomorrow. We plant trees for rewards a decade away. AIL doesn’t educate children for rewards tomorrow. We educate children for rewards a decade away. In all areas, AIL and Afghanistan, seek a future free of conflict and violence, a future where the children grow up safe and the trees bring shade and new life to our villages. Symbols of hard work for a prosperous nation. AIL’s success comes from seeing the potential in the country decades ago, a potential still decades away. We know it will take time, but if we simply continue to do what we have always done, unhindered and unchanged, we will succeed.
We finally see levels of violence in the nation lowering. AIL is grateful for this, but the lack of fighting only means its time to pick up the pieces. With so many damaged buildings and refugees, AIL is spending a huge portion of its budget on humanitarian aid. We had been doing this daily or every two days, but too many people were still starving to death outside our buildings. So we have changed it too handing out a months supply of food and clothing per family. This is much more financially expensive, but the cost of the lost lives was more than we could bear.