The harsh taste of dust in the air, the whirring sound of helicopters circling above, armoured military convoys speeding past horse-drawn fruit carts. This is Kabul — a major waypoint along the old silk route; a crossroads between the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, the former Soviet states and the Far East.
You don’t need to spend much time here to realise that in Afghanistan, everyone has a story to tell. Stories about the people, their hopes for the future of their country — for peace and development. Many are inspiring, but most go untold.
Enter Grace Chung, a postgraduate student at Harvard who spent a summer interning at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider. She had witnessed first-hand the positive impact of Roshan’s social welfare programmes on communities in Afghanistan, and she could see glimmers of hope and a level of determination among beneficiaries that had gone unnoticed by the rest of the world.
More at the source: The Ismaili: Dear World: Messages of hope and inspiration from Afghanistan.