LifeMahboba Rawi was only 15 years old when she was forced to flee from her home in Afghanistan. Running away from Soviet authorities, she lived in a refugee camp in Pakistan for two years after before coming to Australia. During her early days in Australia, Mahboba spent her time working with Afghan refugees to teach them how to swim and speak English. In 1998, a devastating earthquake ravaged Takhar, Afghanistan which forced scores of Afghans into refugee camps in Pakistan. She received a plea from a doctor in Peshawar in Pakistan asking for assistance with Afghan refugees. Mahboba immediately set out to raise awareness for the plight of Afghan refugees, as well as raising funds for Afghan widows and orphans living in refugee camps.From this small beginning sprouted her organisation, Mahboba's Promise which became a non-profit, non-Government organisation in 2001.
Mahboba's Promise is dedicated to protecting, healing, and educating the women and children of Afghanistan. From their humble beginnings, they have grown to implement multiple ongoing development projects. Through local networks, they can respond effectively and with flexibility to meet the needs of widows and orphans all over Afghanistan.Projects have provided education and homes for children, vocational training for women and support and health care access for the wider community. With over 15 years of activity, Mahboba's Promise stands as a respected organisation bringing effective, valuable and sustainable change to the people of Afghanistan
MulticulturalismMulticulturalism is the ability to embrace all aspects of one’s culture. As an Australian citizen, I take pride in the country I live in. As an Afghan woman, I love the nation I was born in and have a burning desire to protect and serve my countrymen. Multiculturalism is being able to be proud of the nation that gave my family a home and my children an education, while being able to hold on to that special place in my heart for Afghanistan and its people.
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