Journalist Coe to visit Kabul, then to Honduras

Hello, Many of us have had the opportunity to learn about life in Kabul and the Afghan Peace Volunteers through the stories that Orland teacher/journalist Carolyn Coe has brought to us in Blue Hill, and on WERU radio. Scroll down to see some photos of her most recent trip.

What follows is Carolyn’s outline of her December/January travel plans and ways we can support these efforts.

Begin forwarded message:

From: cm coe <>

On Dec. 13, I’ll return to Kabul for the fifth time to visit the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a group of Afghan youth who have started a permaculture garden, who teach nonviolence and literacy skills to child laborers, and who are exploring the creation of a worker cooperative to repair bicycles. I will document the work of these teens and twenty-somethings in writings, photographs, and audio recordings. Afterwards, I will travel to Honduras where I have set up an interview with a human rights lawyer and am working to set up other interviews for late December/early January. 

For the Afghanistan portion of my trip, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) is my sponsor, and I encourage you to contribute to VCNV to help support the APVs’ Street Kids School and the Duvet Project.

How the Street Kids School Works

1) Weekly classes are held at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.
2) Many children in the program attend government school.
3) The program provides school supplies
4) And gives monthly rations of rice and cooking oil to each student’s family to supplement the family’s nutritional needs (this is 91.8% of the total budget).

The kids in the program may have formerly sold items on the street, shined shoes, swept floors, etc. The families need the small amount of income generated by their efforts, so the children earlier had to work rather than go to school. Monthly rations of rice and cooking oil are designed to replace this income.

Duvet Project

The Duvet Project is an effort led by the APVs that gives duvets to destitute families in Kabul. It also gives women an opportunity to earn living wages for sewing duvets. Funds for the project go towards the supplies and sewing of the duvets.

If you like, you can send a check to VCNV (perhaps naming one of the projects in the subject line):


1249 W Argyle St

Chicago, IL 60640

 From Kabul I head directly to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where I am traveling independently. My primary costs there will be paying for hostels, taxis (as bus travel within the cities is risky), and dog care for my dog Taiga in Maine. I’ll also hire an interpreter for a couple days to facilitate conducting radio interviews for an English-speaking audience. 

I am deeply grateful for all contributions made toward the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ projects via Voices for Creative Nonviolence or to my travel costs.

Respectfully Yours,

Carolyn Coe

190 Back Ridge Rd.

Orland, ME 04472

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1515
Blue Hill ME 04614

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