Afghanistan

Samad grew up in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan and sadly faced incredible distress from a very young age due to family economic hardships. He dropped out of school and made friends with older boys who who were a poor influence on him leading Samad down wrong paths and immoral ways. His father disciplined him in ways he thought best, but instead, by being overly harsh resulted in Samad running away from home at the age of twelve. He was taken in from the streets of Kabul and brought to the Forgotten No More (FNM) Home by a governmental agency in 2013. 

When Samad first got to the FNM Home, he was malnourished and psychologically disturbed. He lacked self-confidence and fared poorly academically.  Through the years, FNM provided Samad with good counselling, health, educational and legal services. Gradually he began to improve and excel in many ways thanks to the family environment with caring houseparents and committed staff at FNM. 

These last seven years were a season of healing and transformation in his life. He is presently in the eleventh grade at a professional Institute in Kabul. FNM was proud to announce recently his ranking first place at this Institute. At the Home, he was a good role model for the younger boys having learnt the values of Hagar during these years. 

Samad acquired many skills at FNM from repairing mobile phones to creating an indoor- garden space at the Home. At the Institute, he also learned electrical and machinery repairing techniques, which he planned to use for income-generating purposes in the future. 

Over the years, the FNM Team attempted on innumerable occasions to counsel his father to receive Samad back home so he could reunite with his family. All such attempts failed as his father considered Samad a “shame and disgrace” to his family because of his misbehavior in the past. The Team later obtained assistance from governmental agencies to convince his father of his responsibilities but all such attempts seemed to fail. The FNM Team began to look for alternate safe accommodations and job opportunities for Samad, as he now is a young adult. Without family support and with limited job opportunities in Afghanistan no suitable and safe plan was found for Samad. The Team did not lose hope and continued to visit and mediate with his family. On one such family visit, there was a complete turnaround in his father’s perception of his son. He apologized to the Team and committed to accept his son back home and support him wholeheartedly. Samad was overjoyed. He had lost all hope of returning home and of a good future. The Team made a good and comprehensive plan for his reintegration including signed commitment documents from his father in the presence of governmental social services. He returned home by the end of 2020 with a warm welcome from his father and family. 

Samad will continue his education at the Institute with the financial support and assistance from FNM. In addition, FNM has enrolled him in English, Math and Computer classes at a nearby center. Samad’s family continues to face financial hardships and so FNM is assisting them in a small business set-up. Samad’s choice of a small business was the repair of mobile phones, as this was a skill he enjoyed. FNM accordingly purchased and provided all the necessary supplies for this business start-up.  On a follow-up visit, Samad’s father talked much about the positive changes in his son’s attitude and behavior and thanked FNM for the transformation in his son’s life. FNM will continue to follow-up with Samad and provide him assistance and motivation as he journeys on in this new path towards a better future. 

We hope you are as inspired and thrilled as we are for how far Samad, and his father, have come.

Samad is a young adult aged eighteen who recently began the next chapter of his life with a new hope and a better future. We are able to help so many like Samad due to the support of you, our partners and supporters.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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