Blyth Rotarian helps raise thousands of pounds for families in Afghanistan

A Rotarian from Blyth has been helping families thousands of miles away affected by food shortages and financial deprivation.

By David Sedgwick
Thursday, 16th June 2022, 3:37 pm
Aziz Shah, of Blyth Rotary Club.
Aziz Shah, of Blyth Rotary Club.

Aziz Shah, of Blyth Rotary Club, has family he supports in Kabul, Afghanistan, and through him the club has sent more than £1,800 so far to help struggling Afghan families.

Blyth Community project lead, Gerald Wallace, said: “We tried to contact the Rotary Club of Kabul, but after one email contact was lost and communication with Rotary International regarding their status was inconclusive.

“However, our colleague Aziz has been supporting his own family in Kabul and has made us aware of the plight of many families who are starving since the Taliban came to power.”

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Blyth International Chair Jim Scholfield said that Blyth Rotarians have personally supported an appeal for help and immediately raised £1,800.

Aziz said: “Since the Taliban came to power there are many ordinary families who are starving. My family in Kabul was very happy to help distribute the fantastic amount that Blyth Rotary raised in such a short time.”

Aziz's family sent back some pen portraits of some of the grateful families they have helped – one works as a cleaner, living with four sisters and their aged mother; another has two daughters and worked as an aviation officer at Kabul airport until the Taliban came to power - she is now unemployed; another recipient and her sister are unmarried and are raising their brother’s five children after he was killed in a bomb attack.

Gerald said: “We would like to keep these lines of communication and aid open and would welcome interest from other clubs or individual members.”