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Margaret Mead

Afghanistan- Dec 2012

The journey began with a young lady from Afghanistan going to school here in San Diego.  She heard about the works of FFCC and sent an email requesting a meeting to discuss how FFCC might be able to help.  After five months of meetings, planning and appointments, it all came together and the trip was set.  

Phil arrived in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, which sits 6,000 feet above sea level and is the 5th fastest growing city in the world.  Meetings had been prearranged with government and community leaders in both Kabul and Jalalabad.  Afghan clothes were purchased so he would blend in and not draw attention.  Once he figured out how to put on all the pieces, going to meetings and traveling around the city(s) was a real challenge.  He had armed security guards with him at all times.  One of the first things he noticed was the lack of smiles on the faces of the children.  In fact he was instructed not to wave to children, this was not culturally correct.  To see so many sad and stoic faces reflects the overall condition of the hearts of the people.  Imagine a country where you don’t see any smiles. 

He met with some military officers that provided great council about working in Afghanistan and the challenges FFCC will face should we determine to provide support and aid.  "The needs are great but the country is too unstable” said one Special Forces Officer.  On the other hand, one of the Coordinators of USAID said "FFCC is exactly the kind of organization that can make a difference in a country like Afghanistan because of your focus on relationships.  Building relationships, not projects is what is needed”.  The Taliban is at war with Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan hate the Taliban and are grateful for the help the US has provided.  FFCC will continue the discussions to see how we can help in the shipping of food, water filters and medical aid. 


FFCC purchased a sewing machine to help a group of single mothers whose husbands were killed in the war.  This purchase will allow them to make clothes for their family and start a small business.  They were so grateful.  Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words as he traveled.  We will keep you posted as the FFCC Board wrestles with the challenges and opportunities that this country presents. 

 

"I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in people’s lives here at home and around the world.  Thank you FFCC team for the amazing work you do.  Your reputation reaches around the world."  Phil Harris

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