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Our Projects
1 Health and Nutrition

Aschiana

The problem: In Afghanistan, malnutrition is endemic, especially among children in returnee camps and street-working children.

Our solution: We provide over 40,000 meals each month, and support street-working children by reintegrating them into the formal school system and offering vocational training.

Our partners: We work with Aschiana’s multiple operation centers and emergency shelters for internally displaced people

Roshan Clinic

The problem: Limited access to quality, affordable healthcare.

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.

Our partners: Aschiana, Afghanistan Demain & AFRANE. Dental and health workshops: Hosting topics, including education on clean water, diarrhea, and tuberculosis were developed by MSH/REACH/USAID. Afghan Medical Health Insurance: Lifecare international.

Telemedicine

The problem: Limited access to affordable, quality healthcare services in remote and rural areas.

Our solution: The Telemedicine project links hospitals via Roshan’s nationwide broadband technology, in order to facilitate real-time transmission of medical solutions. Using video conferencing, specialists are able to diagnose and successfully treat patients in rural areas across Afghanistan, as well as provide training to the next generation of Afghan doctors. The service has developed to deliver Teleradiology, e-learning, hospital management, nursing training and specialist clinics. The technology enables specialist diagnosis, appropriate delivery of treatment, healthcare practitioner training on the job, and access to healthcare for rural patients, in addition to cost savings for patients, staff and administration for travel. A network of medical centers in Kabul, Bamyan and Badakhshan now link to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi and to each other.

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.

Wells

The problem: Lack of safe and clean drinking water in Afghanistan.

Our solution: We started with 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
2 Pamir Power Project

The problem: Lack of reliable and affordable electricity in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast province of 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.

3 Childhood Development and Self-Expression

Playgrounds:

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 childhood development.

Our solution: Recognizing the importance of play in a child’s development of confidence and social skills, we built playgrounds in strategic areas, which also serve as meetings places for Afghanistan’s many ethnic groups. These structures support the erosion of social barriers and provide a safe place for children to play and develop together.

School Construction

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 funded the construction of a large, state-of-the-art 3-story building with 24 classrooms and a flagship playground. To date, we have funded the construction of several schools.

Our partners: AKF, etc.

OLPC:

The problem: Afghan children lack the tools and resources to compete in a global economy.

Our solution: OLPC is designed to improve the learning experience by presenting interactive versions of the curriculum, and providing guidance and feedback to students. Over 3,600 children and teachers have benefitted from OLPC in Baghalan, 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).

4 TV Channels

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 purchased the rights to children’s educational TV programming, currently broadcasted internationally. These programs have been dubbed in Dari and Pashto, reaching communities throughout Afghanistan via local stations.

Sports:

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 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.

D-Light

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

E-learning centers

The problem:Afghans lack the tools and resources to compete in a tech-driven global economy.

Our solution: Using refurbished shipping containers powered by sustainable solar panels, Roshan Community built e-learning centers that house laptops and other communications equipment. The centers are maintained locally—by the communities to which they are donated, and in order to meet the needs of regional communities. Users are able to familiarize themselves with technology, conduct business, and connect with family & friends from a distance.

Roshan/Cisco Systems:

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.

5 Commerce and Women

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 vulnerable women with livestock, in order for them to generate an income.

Our partners: CARE

WPCOs

The problem: Due to decades of conflict, women are vulnerable and have limited opportunities to generate an income.

Our solution: Roshan set up the Women Public Call Offices project to offer women work and the opportunity to start businesses. Through this project, AfghanAid refers female candidates to the First MicroFinanceBank Afghanistan (FMFB-A), which provides them with loans to kick-start a business. Each WPCO operator is supplied with a business kit at a subsidized rate. The kit contains a handset, SIM card, antenna, charger, 12,500 units of talk time and an official Roshan PCO business 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, input suppliers, traders and wholesalers with access to commodity information in 14 provincial wholesale 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