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What YOU Can Do

Everyone counts. Here is a list of things that fit your interests and schedule

Donate to the organization of your choice
Fair Buying: Buy fair-traded products from developing countries and from manufacturers that donate
Fairgifts: make presents of a charitable donation to your friends and family
Fair holiday: make your holidays "socially conscious"
Fair internet: surf and shop - Change slightly your buying and internet habits and make “free donations”
Give in-kind and recycle: Collect unused goods from family friends and colleagues and donate them
Donate your brain - and its creations - to nonprofit sites and projects, to teachers and school kids; publish valuable content on a website, a blog, a wiki
Raise funds for charities: more than your own money...
Volunteer and work: volunteer your skills and your time on the field or remotely, or start a career in the nonprofit

Keep yourself informed and talk about it with your family, friends and…

The Face of Afghanistan - Portraits and Life of a Wounded Land - 1

This is the first chapter of a series of articles dedicated to Afghanistan, originally written in 2004, edited in 2007 and still poignantly current.

This is the story of Afghanistan told by those who live it every day.
Their portraits narrate what it means to be Afghan in the early twenty-first century, to be living in one of the most atrociously poor and dangerous places on earth, in the richest world society on record. Afghanistan, years after the Taliban were overturned, is still a country with a ravaged past and an uncertain future.
It is not all Afghanistan’s fault. Beside many other factors that make it naturally prone to poverty, Afghanistan has long been sitting on one of the main fault lines between eastern and western blocks. US-backed Mujahiddeen guerrilla and the rule of the USSR finally set the stage for civil war and the Taliban. In many respects, Afghanistan's present is a living legacy of the Cold War, of our own past.
Afghanistan is not only a humanitarian disa…