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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: Annual Grant to support operations
Location: Kabul, Bamiyan
Canadian Donor Support: $25,000 annual

The grant from CW4WAfghan is to support operational funding towards strengthening the financial reporting systems, training senior staff, enhancing fund development and board capacity. In past years, CW4WAfghan has also provided support to the general operations of PARSA to ensure they have the resources to 'pay the rent' and implement their many community-based programs.

PARSA’s mission is to train and develop professional Afghan leaders by providing innovative and effective programs in education, economic development, psychosocial training and healthcare serving Afghan women, children, impoverished families and the disabled population.  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

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

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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