Sameer Iqbal,10, holding the chewing gum he sells on the street, with his social worker, Shafiq, at Ashiana headquarters in Kabul. This charity works with vulnerable children.
“I make almost a dollar a day selling chewing gum, half as much as my mother, my father Is crippled”
Ashiana, a charity working with vulnerable young people, is run by Mohammed Yousef who set it up in 1995.
They work with 4500 children in Kabul, Parwan, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Heart running activities for street and working children, returnees, displaced child soldiers and similar vulnerable children offering education recreation and respite.
“Life for the working children is very stressful. They are at risk from abusive adults, dangerous traffic, suicide explosions and their dysfunctional families. They are stressed at home and on the street there is no room for them to be children. We are here to provide them with some respite.”