Sumaia is 13 years old and is in the 5th grade of the school at Alluhadin Orphanage, where she lives. She was encouraged to join Scouting by another member of the orphanage, and she has become a very happy and active member of the Scouts. She wants to be a doctor in the future and continue to expand her role in Scouting.
Khurshid Ahmad Fadaye is the troop leader for our Takhar Orphanage Scout Troop. He recently joined our Scout trip to the Jamboree in Pakistan and we all appreciated his enthusiasm and energy. Kurshid is 14 years old and in the 8th grade of the orphanage high school. He said that Scouting represents his hope for the future, and he wants to serve the people of Afghanistan and around the world through his scouting skills. He hopes that in the future he will see a time when there are no kids in orphanages or without families. Thank you for your hard work Kurshid Ahmad!
Ahmad Faird Safary is 15 years old and studies in the ninth grade at Ghulam Mohammad Ghobar High School. He joined the Afghan Scouts six months ago after hearing about it from his friends, and has done very well in the program. He was chosen to be responsible for the Koran recital at the opening and closing ceremonies at the Pakistan Jamboree that the Scouts attended last month. In the future Ahmad plans to continue working with Scouting to bring peace to Afghanistan, and he wishes to become a doctor.
Serajuddin is an orphan in Faizabad national orphanage. He has been there over four years. He joined Scouts two years ago in the orphanage program. At that time there was a Scout Master working with the police/Scout programs. Our staff started to notice that Serajuddin was doing all the Scout Master work, and that our Scout Master responsible was not working with the children. This fall our Scout leadership removed the Scout Master who was not working well with the program and promoted Serajuddin into his place. Serajuddin, now receives a stipend and runs our Scout program in Faizabad with weekly meetings, community service and comes to Kabul for regular training. He represents our next generation of Scout Masters and we are very proud of him.
Dunya has been a Scout in Marastoon for 2 years now. She is 14 years old and in ninth grade at Mashal Bayat High School. Dunya had known about Scouting for several years but her family lived on the other side of Kabul and its was too difficult for her to travel to Marastoon regularly to participate. However as soon as her family moved nearby two years ago, she immediately became a member. Dunya dreams of becoming a journalist one day, and plans to continue her participation in the Afghan Scouts, hoping to one day see the Scouts join the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Ali Reza Haidari is 13 years old and in 8th grade at Mashal Bayat High School. He lived in Marastoon for about three years and for the past year moved to a nearby neighbourhood. After being encouraged to join by some friends, Ali Reza joined the Cub Scouts where he stayed for three years. A year ago he joined the Marastoon Scout Troop Number 1 where he has advanced quickly to become the Assistant Patrol Leader. Ali Reza wants to become a journalist and hopes that one day soon the Afghan Scout Association will be able to register at WOSM so that the Scouts will be supported in spreading to all corners of the country.
Robina Shojaee has been a Scout for four years now along with her younger brother and sister. She is 14 years old and is in 9th grade at Mashal Bayat High School. She spent about 10 years living in Marastoon and for the last year has been living elsewhere. Her classmates are the people her first encouraged her to become a Scout. She has learned many leadership skills in the past four years and now wants to become a doctor, and to always contribute to a peaceful future for Afghanistan. Robina wants to remain involved in the Afghan Scouts to help Scouting expand into all provinces in Afghanistan.
Sayed is 13 years old and is in 6th grade at Mohammad Osman High School. He says that in his future he wants to become a religious scholar and also remain active with the Scouts and eventually become a Scout Master. He says about his journey to become a Scout:
“I didn’t know anything about Scouting, but with the encouragement of our principal and teachers, and the with the information brought by two Scouting people when they came for the first time to our orphanage about the Afghan Scouts and world of Scouting, I decided to join. I want to serve Afghanistan and the people of Afghanistan.”
Ghulam Hazrat is a Troop Leader in one of our Tai Maskan Orphanage Scout Troops. He has been a Scout for 4 years, and has lived in Tai Maskan for 11 years. He is originally from Kapisa province.
Ghulam is now 17 and has become an important leader among our Scouts there – in fact Tai Maskan’s second troop was established when, 1 year ago, he volunteered to take the responsibility of being troop leader.
Ghulam has 3 goals for his future. 1 – becoming a Scout Master and working as a leader of the Scouts. 2 – Going to University for Law or Journalism. 3 – Working part time. He care deeply about the future of Scouts and will do whatever he can to make sure that the Tai Maskan troop flourishes even after he is gone.
Sheila is the troop leader for one of our girls’ troops in Alluahdin orphanage in Kabul. She is 17 years old and has been a Scout for about 2 years now. She is very dedicated and enthusiastic about Scouting and is a huge help running activities and encouraging her fellow Scouts.
Sheila has earned three badges so far – her citizenship badge, Rule of Law, and first aid. She is always eager for our weekly troop meetings, but her favorite days are the holiday activities that we put together.
Sheila hopes to complete her basic course one day to become a Scout Master, and she also plans to continue high school in order to complete her grade twelve.
Zabihullah’s journey to joining the Afghan Scouts and becoming our March Scout of the Month was uncertain and rocky at times, but once he jumped on track it quickly showed that he was a natural born Scout!
His story stated when he first heard about Scouting through his mother. She had visited PARSA a few times for our women’s programs and encouraged him to join, but it was a long distance for him to commute from home to Marastoon, so he initially declined.
However luck turned in Zabih’s favor way when his family moved nearby to the PARSA offices and his little sister joined the Scouts. She came home after every Scouting event with lots of stories about the activities she did at Scouts and the fun she was having. Soon Zabih was convinced that he should try out a meeting – and he never looked back!
As soon as he joined the Scouts we could all see that although Zabih appeared to be quiet and reserved, he had plenty of hidden skills and was a natural born leader. He was an eager learner and quickly picked up everything we taught him through our Scouting activities. Soon he had warranted the respect of his fellow Scouts and within a year of his joining they had already elected him a Troop Leader, at which he has succeeded with flying colors.
We are extremely happy to have Zabih as a member of the Marastoon Afghan Scouts and are proud to elect him as this month’s Scout of the Month. Congratulations Zabih!
Another Scout of the Month coming in April!