Mariam Raqib ’97 is founder and director of Afghanistan Samsortya, a Pashtu word meaning "revitalization of the environment." Over forty years of conflict, traditional farms and vast forests have been destroyed in Afghanistan. This environmental devastation has left women and children especially to suffer from severe malnutrition. Samsortya established nurseries that annually propagate and disperse thousands of trees, and employs local women who coordinate family gardens, raise livestock and poultry, cultivate fruit trees and manage ongoing nursery operations. By helping local communities reestablish local food sovereignty, Samsortya empowers those in need to determine their own futures.
Hear Mariam talk about this work at 12:20 p.m. Monday, September 18, in the de Witt Lecture Room (Zabriskie 106) on the Wells College campus. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.
This talk is part of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment's Sustainability Perspectives Series. Wells is committed to providing access to all events; anyone needing assistance should contact Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, as soon as possible.