Kabul is a city where hope springs eternal. After nearly forty years of civil war there are signs of renewal and regeneration. From the CBECS (Community Based Education Centres) and the pioneering work with severely disabled children (providing social workers, physiotherapists and access to schools) to the important work to rehabilitate young offenders through the rights-based Juvenile Justice programme, Children in Crisis is at the forefront of efforts to rebuild shattered communities.
It was an enormous privilege to visit Rishkhor and Balo o Ashkar, improvised settlements on the outskirts of Kabul where Children in Crisis has established community-based schools which provide accelerated learning programmes to enable children to access state secondary schools. Rishkhor is on the side of the mountains surrounding Kabul, and the snow was too deep and muddy to reach by vehicle. We walked past a steep slope where boys were sledging on scraps of card and plastic.