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Voluntary work in Norway

As a member-based organisation, NAC relies on the voluntary contributions of its members in both the board of the organisation and in working committees. There, they contribute significantly to a wide array of subjects, from designing development projects for rural Afghanistan to running school events in Norway.

Bergen committee

The Bergen local committee traces its history back to the very beginning of the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee. Some of its volunteers have been faithful members from the start in 1980. The Bergen committee spreads information on Afghanistan in and around Bergen and encourages the local population, from school children to local politicians, to support the development of Afghanistan.

The Bergen local committee contributes actively to the fundraising work of NAC’s friendship school in Bergen, Krohnengen school. At the annual Christmas market, the school displayed Afghan artefacts and committee members teamed up with sixth graders to produce traditional Afghan food.  

Information Committee

The information committee acts as a resource group supporting the offices in Oslo and Kabul, discussing relevant issues, and contributing to information material. In particular, the information committee works closely with NAC’s information officer at the Oslo office.

The information committee’s main work has revolved around NAC’s annual thematic publication, where long-time volunteer Terje Skaufjord stepped in as an editor on a voluntary basis. A group of volunteers, in and beyond the information committee, also prepared an online information package about the Afghan elections in 2014. 

Project committee

The project committee supports the Oslo head office with advice primarily on management structures and systems. The committee has in addition worked on the operalisation of the new NAC strategy. Two of the committee’s members have travelled to Afghanistan to give direct advice on programme implementation; Anne Hertzberg to take part in the annual planning in February, and in August to assess the midwifery education, and Brittina Berg in October to support education projects and the friendship schools. 

Women’s committee

The committee has been the main channel for NAC’s cooperation with FOKUS on midwifery education. Renewing its base for activism and advocacy, the women’s committee contributed to holding a course on women’s rights in Afghanistan, which drew in many who are interested in the subject. Committee member Selyn Fararuni was also chosen to represent NAC at the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014. 

Spontaneous assistance

NAC also enjoys the assistance of friends, members and volunteers who are always willing to make Afghan tea, help prepare events and make things happen, even bake a cake. 

Norwegian Afghanistan Committee
Addresse:  Nawai Watt, Street # 03 •  Postal addresse:
work # 148 Shahr-i-Naw, KabulAfghanistan

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