Strengthening the Sense of Social-Responsibility, Promoting Education, Improving Environment!
Poverty, corruption and environmental destruction are major challenges being faced by the Afghan people. In particular, lack of social responsibility is one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable development and lasting peace in Afghanistan. In the decades of war and turmoil, the ravaged country was not able to develop such a value system among its citizens. However, without responsibility of the individual for the nation can be no stable development and no lasting peace.
How can one develop a sense of social responsibility?
The basic idea of the project follows the principle of "promotion and demand". The offer is aimed at the children of needy-families who become guardians of trees. Together with the children a tree is planted, as a common community property, in a public place (such as pedestrian ways, school courtyards, etc.) They commit themselves to providing long-term care for the tree and in return they get a high-quality education voucher, which they could not otherwise afford.
The trees will be registered, and their condition will be inspected at specified intervals by project staff together with the children and their families. In the case of successful results, the education support will be continued. To achieve sustainable results, we put great value in long-term care and on-going support.
By taking responsibility and by providing sustained commitment to the public asset, the treecarers benefit in two respects. On the on hand they develop a sense of social responsibility and community spirit and at the same time they get the golden opportunity of a good education, long-term prospects and are offered ways out of poverty.
An important goal is also the embedding the ideas of self-responsibility and environmental protection in a community. The protection of trees by the community is an important contribution to the ecological restoration of the country. The planting of fruit trees can also bring about long term economic benefit.
The project supports needy families, regardless of their ethnic status. The high-quality education voucher on the one hand and the recommendation of the Prophet Mohammad, that everyone should plant a tree, are strong incentives for Afghan families to actively support the project.