Vocational Skill Training in Afghanistan
PAC aims to improve vocational training in Afghanistan to facilitate job creation and increase the Afghan government’s capacity for self-sustainability. The PAC office in Afghanistan supports four vocational schools for women, two in the province of Jalalabad and two in the Kabul province. For more information, please contact us.
Kabul University Library
The main focus of this proposal has been to develop an online environment for the creation of an information commons system to facilitate timely access to electronic resources for students and faculty at Kabul Medical University. The specific objective was to provide access to current online medical texts, monographs, journals and other information resources for faculty, students, researchers and other healthcare professionals at Kabul Medical University.
Twenty-two years of war have had a devastating effect on both the people and the institutional and physical infrastructure of Afghanistan. Most regions have suffered from deep social, economic and psychological trauma and now lie shattered. In particular, the medical school library at Kabul University has also been completely destroyed and requires immediate attention.
This proposal has been developed in response to users’ need for current medical information and wider access to medical resources. The main focus of this proposal has been to develop an on online environment for the creation of an information commons system to facilitate timely access to electronic resources for students and faculty at Kabul Medical University (KMU). The specific objective was to provide access to current online medical texts, monographs, journals and other information resources for faculty, students, researchers and other healthcare professionals at KMU.
To this end, Dr. Karim Qayumi has donated 40 Basic Surgical Technique textbooks with CD-ROMs totaling $6,000 CDN in value to KMU. PAC also participated in advising a University of Manitoba student initiative for the collection of books for medical school libraries in Afghanistan; this project was completed under the guidance Richard Gordon at the University of Manitoba. Finally, PAC supported Atifa Rawan to travel to Afghanistan with special library equipment in order to organize the medical school library and to teach librarians new methods of library science.
This trip resulted in the establishment of an electronic medical library in a partnership between KMU, PAC and the University of British Columbia. Initially, a two-year pilot project was launched. The goal of this pilot project was to develop e-library infrastructure and to assess the impact and shortfalls of the e-library implementation in post-war Afghanistan.
It is anticipated that the completion of this project will have a substantial positive impact on medical education in Afghanistan.
Partnership with BC Firefighters
PAC, with the assistance of BC Firefighters, collected firefighter gear and equipment for Afghanistan. This project has been completed with Bob Beckett being responsible for the project.
PAC organized a photo exhibition on Afghanistan in conjunction with four Canadian photojournalists. The exhibition was held at the University of British Columbia Robson Square Campus. The activities included opening ceremonies for the event and the organization of a kite-flying tournament under the name “Kites, Guns and Dreams”. Also, members of the Board of Directors of PAC, Karim Qayumi and Tooryalai Wesa, participated in a roundtable for this event.
One of the major achievements of PAC is the one-hour TV program called “Caravan TV” that is broadcasted on OMNI. The main purpose of this TV program is to support the integration of new immigrants into Canadian society, introduce the non-Afghan Canadians to the culture of Afghanistan and to support the Afghan community in BC.
Caravan TV (and its past incarnation, Ariana TV) has produced and broadcasted about 1728 TV episodes over the past 6 years. Caravan TV is Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRCT) accredited television program.
Vancouver Institute For Afghan Studies (VIFAS)
VIFAS is a not-for-profit, non-political educational entity to promote Afghan culture and heritage and increase awareness of the past, present and future of Afghanistan. The purpose of the Institute is to provide a forum for research and instruction related to cultural studies, focusing, in particular, on the cultural attributes of the people of Afghanistan.
The initial aims of the Institute are to offer courses in four subject areas:
- Dari Language;
- Pashto Language;
- History; and
PAC has delivered a full academic course on Afghanistan coverings its history, geography, culture and traditions, status of women and natural resources to Canadians. The course was organized in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
Partnership with Afghan Film Authority (Afghan Film Festival)
Due to increased Canadian interest in Afghanistan, PAC has held Afghan Film Festivals in British Columbia. PAC is committed to continuing to hold these Afghan Film Festivals and extend them to all Canadian Provinces.
The Afghan Film Festivals have taken place in Port Moody Municipal Hall Auditorium with the support of the municipality of Port Moody municipality. Each festival was held for three days with an opening day and closing ceremony.
Afghan Cultural Heritage Day
PAC has initiated and continues to support a united front where all Afghan organizations work together for the Afghan Cultural Heritage Day in British Columbia. The first celebration will take place in Burnaby on September 18, 2011. For more information, please click here.
Partnership with AFTOW
PAC supports an Afghan youth organization called AFTOW. The main objective of this organization is to provide tutoring for Afghan children and improve their academic capabilities. The organization also gives academic and career advice as well as support the distribution of scholarships to under-privileged Afghan students financed by PAC. For more information, please click here.
Partnership with Canada Wheelchair Foundation
PAC has formed a partnership with the Canada Wheelchair Foundation for delivering wheelchairs to needy individuals who have been victims of the war in Afghanistan. As a result of this partnership, three containers of wheelchairs were delivered to Afghanistan. The first two was delivered to Kabul and the third one to Kandahar.
Partnership with the Olympic Committee of Afghanistan Paralympics
At the request of the Government of Afghanistan, PAC has supported the Paralympic athletes of Afghanistan.
Sports have always been the passion and pride of the Afghan youth. Unfortunately, some 30-odd years of war have devastated all aspects of life in the Afghanistan including sports. Afghanistan also has a vast number of young individuals who have lost their extremities as a consequence of this war. Therefore, the Olympic Committee of Afghanistan, under the direction of Karim Qayumi, decided to bring this passion and pride back to the youth of Afghanistan who have lost their limbs by forming the Paralympics teams. At this time, we have Paralympics athletes in all provinces of Afghanistan. The main obstacle for their success in the national and international arenas is the lack of mobility. The primary goal is to provide an additional 100 wheelchairs and continued support for the Paralympics teams and athletes of Afghanistan in the future.