The problem: In Afghanistan, malnutrition is a common problem, especially among children in returnee camps and street-working children.
Our solution: We provide over 40,000 meals packs each month, and support street-working children by reintegrating them into the formal school system and offering vocational training.
Our partners: We work with various Aschiana centers and emergency shelters for IDPs
The problem: Limited access to cheap and quality healthcare services.
Our solution: Through Roshan Community’s inaugural project, fees for expatriate patients are used to subsidize costs for Afghan Nationals. Paving the way for other companies, Roshan was the first company in Afghanistan to provide its employees private medical insurance. The Roshan Clinic has also hosted a variety of health and dental workshops over the past decade to support improved quality of life and care for Afghans.
The problem: Limited access to affordable, quality healthcare services in remote and rural areas.
Our solution: Our solution: The telemedicine project connects hospitals with Roshan’s broadband technology to facilitate the rapid delivery of medical solutions. Through video conferencing, specialist are able to diagnose and treat illnesses in rural areas of Afghanistan and provide training sessions for the new generation of Afghan doctors. The goal of this service is to provide remote tele-radiology, e-learning, hospital management, nursing education and specialized clinics. This technology enables specialists to diagnose illnesses, provide proper treatments, medical education to doctors while they work, and access to health services for patients in villages. Also, this technology reduces the cost of travel for patients, employees and health workers. Currently, a network of medical centers in Kabul, Bamiyan and Badakhshan are connected to each other as well as to the Agha Khan University Hospital in Karachi.
Our partners: Government of Afghanistan, the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Karachi, Aga Khan Health Services, the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul, FMIC, CISCO, Bamyan Hospital, Faizabad Hospital, Cisco Systems and other telecoms suppliers.
The problem: Lack of clean and healthy drinking water in Afghanistan.
Our solution: We started with the creation of 2 water wells in 2006, which currently support 1000 families living on the outskirts of Kabul. To date, we have built 70 wells that provide clean water to over 100,000 people.
Roshan’s Innovative Technology Feature (Health): Watertracker
The problem: Lack of clean and safe water in Afghanistan.Our solution: Using an interactive voice recording (IVR) solution, we created the Watertracker phone service, which allows illiterate Afghans to call in from rural areas and check the status of their local well or report a fault. Between 2010 & 2011, 1000 well communities were trained in using Watertracker. As a result of the service, nearly 30 wells have been restored. Our partner: USAID
The problem: in the Autonomous Province of Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan.
Our solution: At a low proposed tariff rate, we supported the creation of a transmission line from Khorog in GBAO to Bahshor village in Afghanistan, which now supplies electricity to 360 households, the local hospital, the government building, and more throughout the year.
Our partners: The Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development and PamirEnergy. AKFED developed a pioneering subsidy scheme for PamirEnergy that ensures a minimum 'lifeline' monthly supply of power is provided to households at one of the lowest rates in the world among privately owned utilities.
The problem: Afghanistan, a country that has been suffering from war and social problems for decades, has a limited social space where it can support the community and provide a platform for children's development.
Our solution: Recognizing the importance of playing in the growth of self-confidence and social skills in children, Roshan creates playgrounds in strategic areas, which can be used as a venue for the gathering of different ethnicities in Afghanistan as well. These playgrounds eliminate social barriers and provide a safe environment for children to play and grow together.
The problem: When we first started operations in Afghanistan, we visited a school with seven dilapidated blocks and one purpose-built block. Many of the 7,000 school students were studying in shifts in tents.
Our solution: Roshan community has invested in the construction of a large modernization that has 24 classrooms and a playground equipped with. Till now, we have invested in many schools.
Our partners: AKF, etc.
The problem: Afghan children are deprived of the resources and tools they need to compete in the global economy
Our solution:OLCP is designed to improve the level of learning by presenting two-way versions of curriculum content and providing guidance and suggestions to schoolchildren. More than 3,600 children and teachers have benefited from this project in the provinces of Baghlan, Herat, Kabul, Jalalabad and Kandahar.
Our partners: OLPC, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT), and USAID’s Afghanistan Small-and-Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED).
The problem: Lack of educational material and shortage of trained teachers in rural areas to support children’s intellectual, social and moral development.
Our solution: Roshan community has acquired the rights to publish children's educational TV programs, which are currently being broadcasted internationally. These programs are dubbed in Dari and Pashto, which are made available through local TVs throughout Afghanistan.
The problem: Afghanistan, a country that has suffered from war and social problems for decades, has few social spaces to support the community and provide a platform for young people to grow..
Our solution: Roshan is a proud title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League, which brings together millions of Afghans to cheer for national pride and unity, while bonding over football matches. RAPL’s fourth season in 2015 was the most celebrated event to date, reaching over 10 million fans across the country. Since 2010, we have also partnered with the NGO Skateistan to promote skateboarding and self-expression throughout Afghanistan.
Youth, Sports, and Social Development Center:
The problem: A nation torn apart by decades of war and social tensions, Afghanistan suffers from a lack of social spaces that support community and foster youth development.
Our solution: Roshan Community built the indoor Youth, Sports, and Social Development Center. With separate areas for boys and girls, the center provides a safe space for 800 children and teenagers in and around Kabul to exercise and socialize with extracurricular activities. It is also a space for games, presentations, and seminars for community and social development. So that they can exercise and participate in extracurricular activities
The problem: After decades of war, Afghans lack the proper infrastructure to improve their earning potential and quality of life.
Our solution: Roshan has collaborated with D.Light to replace dangerous kerosene lamps in households with durable, solar-powered lanterns. The lanterns improve children’s ability to study effectively at night, increase the income-generating potential of their families, and overcome the severe lack of infrastructure in the country.
Our partners: D-Light
The problem:Afghans are deprived of the resources and tools they need to compete in a technology-based global economy.
Our solution: Roshan community uses containers equipped with durable solar panels, to create online learning centers that have laptops and other communication equipment. These centers are held locally and by the people who were given these equipment to meet the needs of local areas. Users of these centers are able to get their hands on technology, trade, and communicate with their family and friends from far away.
The problem: Afghans lack the tools and resources to compete in a tech-driven global economy.
Our solution: In 2007, Roshan teamed up with partners to support an initiative aimed at preparing students for networking and IT-related careers in the public and private sectors. Providing higher education tools in engineering, computer science, and other related fields, the initiative supports the education of 600 Afghan students across the country.
Our partners: UNDP and Cisco System
Roshan’s Innovative Technology Feature (Education): Teacher Consultation Line
In collaboration with partners, Roshan Community developed a distance, mobile-learning model, which allows greater access to quality secondary education for Afghan boys and girls. The educational content falls within the framework of the visions of the Ministry of Education.
Our partners: Saba media TV, CHA, Butterfly-Oxfam Novib and Ministry of Education.
Alternative Livelihoods Program
The problem: Due to decades of conflict, women are vulnerable, especially in rural areas, where opportunities to generate income are limited.
Our solution: In 2009, Roshan Community started supporting CARE’s Humanitarian Assistance for Women of Afghanistan (HAWA) project. The project provides livestock for vulnerable women to earn a living through them.
Our partners: CARE
The problem: Due to decades of conflict, women are vulnerable and have limited opportunities to generate an income.
Our solution: Roshan launched a telephone booth project for women, through which women will be provided with the opportunity to start a business. Through this project, the Afghan AID will nominate women to the first microfinance lending bank in Afghanistan (FMFB-A) so that women can get loans and start a business. For each WPCO operator, a discount package will be provided. This package will include a mobile phone, SIM card, antenna, charger, 12500 contact units and an official Roshan PCO signboard. The WPCO operator will use a portion of the profit to pay back her microfinance loan and to buy more units of airtime. Each time an operator from the project purchases more airtime, she receives an additional 60% credit. This added discount is to ensure profitability, and maximize the earning potential of the women. Although the operation of a WPCO does not in itself defeat poverty, it provides a stable and sustainable source of income, which enables women to climb steadily out of poverty and provide better living conditions for their families.
Our partners: AfghanAid & USAID.
Shahrara Garden Sports Facility
The problem: Due to decades of conflict, women are vulnerable and lack safe spaces to meet in public.
Our solution: Roshan Community built the Shahrara Garden, a women-only gym facility that supports community and capacity- building, by encouraging healthy and active lifestyles for women and girls.
Roshan’s Innovative Technology Feature (Commerce): Malomat
Malomat is a national price information system providing farmers, traders and wholesalers with access to commodity information in 14 provincial markets. Using a mobile phone, farmers are able to access real-time market trends, either through Short Message Service (SMS) or Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology. The Malomat service is available to farmers in Dari, Pashto and English. IVR is a particularly important feature in Afghanistan, where 70% of the population is illiterate.
Our partners: Mercy Corps and USAID's IDEA-NEW project