Since we last visited Afghanistan we found that few things had changed. Shop keepers say the economy hasn't been worse since Taliban times. News reports suggest the Taliban and the Islamic State continue to gain new territory, and ever higher concrete blast walls cast shadows across Kabul. But despite this bleak outlook people are still busy in the streets and life goes on!
This is especially true of Murad Khani - the old city of Kabul - where construction workers buzz from site to site with brimfuls of fresh mud. When @turquoisemountain
began its work in 2006, the old city of Kabul was one of the poorest slums in Afghanistan. Buildings lay in ruin, and over 20 years of uncollected, compressed garbage meant residents were forced to raise the height of their door frames just to get into the front doors of their homes. Having trained and employed thousands of labourers and skilled carpenters and masons, @turquoisemountain
has transformed the old city into a thriving cultural and economic hub once again. Over the last couple of months they have added a cutting edge new design centre, and a brand new primary school to the 120 traditional buildings they’ve built or restored. We are so proud to be associated with such an inspiring NGO.