Why work in Afghanistan – Female Officer

K, Female Officer for Community-Based Rehabilitation (Afghan)

What is your job in Serve? For most of my time in Serve since I started in 2010, I have been the Female Officer for CBR (Community-Based Rehabilitation). Recently I have begun a trial period so that I might become the Technical Advisor of EMAD (Enabling and Mobilising Afghan Disabled).

What might be included in your tasks for a typical day? I still do a lot of work for CBR. I prepare and collect reports for them. I also prepare training for the field workers. Sometimes I do work for our partner Handicap International.

What do you like about your work? I consider my work to be my responsibility and duty to the Afghan people – specifically the disabled with whom we are working.

What are some of the challenges of your work? It is difficult for the disabled people we work with to accept the long-term nature of their disabilities.

We want to show them that they can lead full lives even with their disabilities, but they want us to heal them by removing their disability. They think we have a new cure that they have not seen before, but we don’t. So that can be hard for us sometimes – that people don’t always see the value and importance of the work we are doing.

What do you like to do outside of work? I spend time with my daughter. I also enjoy knitting.