A Win-Win Partnership

Garden of Peace & Hope, Afghanistan

Recently, GHNI entered into an agreement with the National Gallery of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Culture and Information has decided to renovate the Gallery. The repairs became necessary because just a short time ago there were fears that the building was going to collapse, and it was condemned. However, after further inspection, it was determined that the building could be salvaged.

Since the Garden of Peace and Hope is on the grounds of the National Gallery, the director approached us, asking if they could share our office and studio space while the gallery is being renovated. In exchange, the gallery staff offered us the use of a larger exhibit space in an building adjacent to the Garden. Upon inspection of the facility, it was determined that the space is ideal and has great light. This is an example of a partnership that results in a win-win situation for both parties. Most importantly, it results in a winning situation for the people of Kabul, who will visit exhibits in the new, larger facility.

However, as with any project, there are always hiccups along the way. It appears that the original contractor resigned from the project and now the bidding process for the renovation has to start all over again. Also, during the height of summer, the well of the Garden of Peace and Hope ran dry. We are in the process of fixing this problem.

Thank you,

The GHNI-Afghanistan Team