Serve Afghanistan was initially established in 1972 in response to a famine in Ghor Province, Afghanistan. It disbanded after one and a half years, when the immediate needs were met. In 1980 Serve was re-established to work with Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Our early projects included a carpet-weaving training centre for boys, a public health programme for women and children, an eye hospital, a solar oven project, support services for blind Afghans and a forestry project.
In 1991, after the Soviet occupation had ended, Serve returned to Afghanistan and our school for the deaf was started (now successfully handed over to the Afghan Government). We also began projects for people with disabilities, community development, literacy, civil engineering and the environment. Serve Afghanistan’s Prevention of Blindness Project ran from 1998 to 2015. Further community development projects were started from 2004 to 2007.