Modern-day Robin Hood applies Business Skills to Philanthropy - 60 Minutes on CBS - The Afghan Perspective, May 5, 2013

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Every person has an unforgettable memory in his or her childhood specially about specific cartoon's characters.  There are some characters who are international and everyone loves them, like Robin Hood that is  an 1973 American animated film produced by the Walt Disney Productions.

In my childhood when I was watching this cartoon, I really loved to meet Robin Hood in my life once. Watching the cartoon gave me the feeling that he is a real person and it made me so glad while he was helping poor people and giving them the hope to live life happily.

This week in 60 Minutes I watch an unexpected video about Robin Hood but in real life here in NYC. The difference is that he helps people by his own money and investment. Paul Tudor Jones who is in the Board of Directors in the Robin Hood Foundation which is a charitable organization  attempts to alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York, United States.


In his interview with Scott Pelley in 60 Minutes he mentioned that: "I see people in pain, people in need, people at times without hope, looking for something that will give them some compelling future. I see too many people in homeless shelters, on food stamps. I think a lot of us don't like to focus on it, but it's a significant part of this country that needs to be addressed."

In any parts of the world you can find people who are suffered from poverty and facing financial and educational challenges in their life even they are in a First world country like the United States. In developing countries it is not only the case of financial and educational issues but also the traditions and customs, sometimes effects specially women's situation.

Film Annex with collaboration of Afghan Citadel Software Company in Afghanistan formed Citadel of New York, LLC (CNY)  in July 2012 as a Joint Venture company owned by Roya Mahboob and Film Annex Capital Partners.


One of its main goal is to empower women in Afghanistan mostly by means of education and that is why The have started the project "Women's Annex" to build Internet classroom in Afghanistan for 40 schools and targeting 160,000 female students.

Women's Annex provides this opportunity for women to use social and digital media for promoting their ideas in developing countries and also build their own financial independence.

The following video is the mix of Herat and New York City which always inspire me and it comes to my mind that, it is not important where you are and who you are,  it is more important that what you have and what you can.

برنامه این هفته ۶۰ دقیقه در سی بی اس در مورد آقای پاول تودور جانز است. وی یکی از بنیانگذاران موسسه خیریه رابین هود است، جاییکه آنها به مشکلات شهر نیویورک که یکی از آنها فقر میباشد رسیدگی میکنند. او میگوید:‌من مردم را در رنج در نیاز و بدون امید میبینم، من افراد بی خانمان زیادی را میبینم. شاید چیز های بیشتری باشد که من به آنها توجه نکرده ام اما اینها از عوامل مهمی است که میتوان به آنها اشاره کرد.


Fereshteh Forough

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Afghan Perspective is a weekly column presenting Afghan Women and Men's views on CBS' 60 Minutes shows. The Afghan writers watch each episodes and then try to relate the topic to what is happening in their country. The main goal is to connect people presented in the shows with Afghans…

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