Thanks for the well wishes. I’m not in the military. I do international development work. Most of our funds come from USAID, but we also get funds from the UN, World Bank, and other donors.
We do work reintegrating youth affected by war into society. In Afghanistan one of the biggest problems is that girls haven’t had access to school, so they are old enough to be in the 8th grade, but need 1st grade lessons.
We also do work with boys who need to go back to school, but who are battle hardened vets. You can’t really just plop them back in middle school. The first time they have a shool yard fight with some boy who is just a regular boy, it gets ugly real fast.
We also do work with children who have been victimized by the sex trade. So you can see what kind of cheery experiences I have in store for me. But I’m really excited.
I’ll have internet, kind of, but if I have this much trouble opening the SDMB from DC, I imagine being in Kabul will make it impossible.