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The Third Gender: Taking Action in Afghanistan, a Photo Essay

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This post originally appeared at EcoSalon.

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It’s hard not to be inspired when you meet Shannon Galpin. At first look she’s your average smart, athletic woman, living in Colorado. Dig a little deeper and you’ll learn she’s a single mom. Spend a few more minutes talking and she’ll tell you the story of how she left her career, sold her house and launched a nonprofit, committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls.

Galpin focuses her efforts on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, and with her organization, Mountain2Mountain, has already touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children.

Galpin recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan, and documented her time in an exclusive photo essay for EcoSalon.
 
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Learning to fish in Panjshir River by net.  
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Chaihanna in Kabul—fresh kebabs street-side.
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Flying with the Afghan National Army to Khost Province. A quick stopover includes time for prayer.  
 
 
Source: EcoSalon 
 
All images by Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain. Image at top is of a Buzkashi match in Panjshir Valley—horses and riders race through adjoining fields and roadways.