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Mahboba's Promise: How One Woman Made a World of Difference
An Afghani refugee who found a new life in Australia only to lose her beloved son in a tragic drowning accident, today she is the driving force behind 'Mahboba's Promise', a groundbreaking aid organisation that delivers desperately needed food, shelter, medical attention, education - and hope - to hundreds of children and women whose lives have been destroyed by war in her ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Bantam
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I've had this book on my shelf for such a long time. I can't believe I'm only just reading it now, fifteen years after publication. I enjoyed the writing style. It was easy to read and really gave me a sense of the depth of the troubles Mahboba went through and how she has made such a difference to the world. Now to find out what the updated story is...
This is an inspiring and touching autobiography of a woman who found peace (after her son's sudden death) by reaching out to homeless Afghani women and children. Gives a whole new perspective (being written from a refugee's point of view) on the "evils" of war and on how aid actually works on ground-level. Mahboba's charity differs from other larger international NGOs because of its focus on giving love together with basic needs. For example, in her orphanage she employed a woman to come each ni ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: I suspect that women would prefer reading this book
Recommended to Ashley by: A colleague at work
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was written very simply but told the tale of the difficulties faced by orphan children and widows in the Afghanistan of today. The courage and determination of the women and children her organisation assists is remarkable. Mahboba had little but did not stop to think of "how" she could make a difference, she just went ahead and "did it" with some remarkable results. She has also cleverly woven into the book facts about her home country and her religion - in ...more
It was so moving to see all the terrible stuff she went through and then when she came to Aus she spent much of her life raising money and going back to Afghanistan to help innocent people and children. One boy had both his arms blown off while helping his dad gather wood and then he was begging in the streets and she built an orphanage and took him in. Her dream was to build an orphanage to take in 200 children and provide them with everything they need so they would grow up to be able to make ...more
What a beautiful Women truly, she has a heart of gold and deserves the utter most respect for all that she has done and is still doing.She is a saint to the less fortunate in Afghanistan. i will be emailing her for a collection box for my home because every cent counts.. We really do live a life of luxury in the west and it is all of us with much more capital, that can make a difference. Please donate something to this this charity, if its just a $10 one off it can still make a diffrence to some ...more