Afghanistan Samsortya

Sowing seeds of change in Afghanistan

aka Afghan Tree Project   |   Winchester, MA   |  afghanistansamsortya.org

Mission

We are a grassroots organization supported by the local population. We have a people-centered mission: development of programs that realistically meet the needs of Afghan communities in ways that are sustainable for future generations. In the past three decades, an estimated 60 to 80 percent of Afghanistan’s land resource has been lost. We at Afghanistan Samsortya determined to help restore the region’s woodlands and ground water. We are helping the local community to plant and care for the trees, while at the same time encouraging them to a more fulfilling life and a more self-sufficient, independent and enduring community.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mariam Raqib

Main address

200 Swanton St Apt 418

Winchester, MA 01890 USA

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EIN

27-0576720

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Rural (S32)

International Environment, Population & Sustainability (Q38)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nurseries

Samsortya has helped to establish four nurseries to date in Eastern Afghanistan. The gardens are established on privately-held land and staffed by local workers. The spaces boast hundreds upon thousands of trees and plants of staggering variety. The harvest from each year is used to feed families in the neighborhood where the nursery is established.

Population(s) Served

With protein being extremely rare in the average Afghan diet, Samsortya began raising money in 2015 for the Nangarhar Chicken Project. By donating poultry and several months' supply of feed to needy families, the residents of Eastern Afghanistan are able to feed their families with much needed protein and generate income through the sale of eggs. An initiative that started with two dozen birds, the Nangarhar Chicken Project has grown substantially with the help of funding from our supporters, with almost 500 chickens and several dozen turkeys having been donated by the summer of 2017. In the coming months, we hope to purchase more birds and expand the project to include other types of livestock that will have a significant impact on families' livelihoods.

Population(s) Served

Samsortya has funded the drilling of wells to supply clean water to the residents of the cities and villages where the nurseries are established. In Afghanistan, more than 75% of the population lacks access to clean water for drinking and bathing, making the wells one of Samsortya's top priorities. In addition to these wells being a consistent source of potable water for local Afghans, the water is used to irrigate the Samsortya nurseries and aid the growth of the thousands of trees that provide food, fuel, and employment to the villagers.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Afghanistan Samsortya

Board of directors
as of 12/9/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mariam Raqib

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No