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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Phys­io­ther­a­py and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Support for Afghanistan [PARSA]

Partner: Phys­io­ther­a­py and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Support for Afghanistan (PARSA)
Project: Sisters 4 Sisters
Location: Kabul, Bamiyan
Canadian Donor Support: $25,000 annually

Over the past 10 years, support from CW4WAfghan has been grants for operational funding to strengthen PARSA's financial reporting systems, train senior staff, enhance fund development and board capacity, and for the general operations of PARSA to ensure they have the resources to 'pay the rent' and implement their many community-based programs. We have also purchased PARSA products to support our Chapter network's Afghan Marketplace.

The most recent grant to PARSA is supporting its Sisters 4 Sisters Program (S4S), providing mentorship and personalized attention for groups of at-risk women and girls. This approach addresses the extreme and challenging social and security circumstances that Afghan girls experience as they attempt to succeed in school and prepare to join the workforce.  The four pillars of SAS are: 1. Mentorship; 2. Psychosocial Health (“Girl Talk”); 3. Physical Wellbeing; and 4. Life Skills.

SAS is just one of the ways that PARSA is providing innovative and effective programs in education, economic development, psychosocial training and healthcare serving Afghan women, children, impoverished families and the disabled population--and helping to develop professional Afghan leaders. PARSA was established in 1996, and endured through the era of Taliban governance, conducting secret literacy and economic programs for women. Six of the original founding staff still work at PARSA as directors. PARSA’s current executive director, Marnie Gustavson, has worked with PARSA for over five years developing programs and staff that excel at working with Afghan government agencies effectively to produce change on behalf of Afghanistan’s marginalized.

Visit their web site for more details: and to read regular newsletters on their activities. PARSA's programs include:

  • The Healthy Afghan Child Program in the Orphanages
  • Afghan Women's Garden Business and Cooperatives
  • Bamiyan Family Park and Cafe
  • Marastoon Transition to Work Programs
  • Afghan Scout Training Center 
  • Psychosocial Training Center for Teachers
  • Sisters 4 Sisters

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

Registered Charity #887718203RR0001

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