Rivers of Innovation: Shelter For Life’s Journey from Afghan Peaks to African Shores

In the rugged, arid landscape of Afghanistan, where water is as precious as gold, there exists a beacon of hope in the form of Shelter For Life (SFL), an organization with a vision as vast as the sky and roots as deep as the earth itself. 

For years, SFL has been pioneering innovative solutions to address the challenges of agriculture in harsh environments, particularly through their expertise in creative irrigation using climate-smart agricultural practices.

It all began with a simple yet revolutionary idea: to recapture the water hidden within the snow-capped peaks of Afghanistan’s majestic mountains and channel it down to the parched plains below. 

With ingenuity and determination, SFL engineers devised a system of pipes and channels to capture the melting snow and direct it into reservoirs strategically placed across the landscape.


From these reservoirs, the water is then distributed through a network of spray systems, gently showering the thirsty earth below. 

What was once barren land, reliant solely on erratic rainfall, is now transformed into a verdant oasis, teeming with life and promise.

The impact of SFL’s efforts is profound, reaching far beyond the boundaries of the fields they irrigate. By stabilizing and recharging the soil, they not only increase agricultural productivity but also mitigate the risk of landslides, a common hazard in Afghanistan’s rugged terrain. Lives are saved, livelihoods are secured, and communities flourish under the nurturing touch of SFL’s innovative irrigation methods.

Buoyed by their success in Afghanistan, SFL sets their sights on new horizons, bringing their expertise to the fertile lands of West Africa. In the Gambia, where the rhythms of life are dictated by the ebb and flow of the mighty river, SFL implements similar strategies to harness the power of water for the benefit of local farmers.


And the journey doesn’t stop there. With unwavering determination, SFL looks towards the future, towards Tunisia, where they plan to continue their mission of transforming arid landscapes into thriving agricultural hubs.

For SFL, creative irrigation is not just a solution; it’s a way of life. With each project they undertake, they breathe life into barren land, turning deserts into gardens and dreams into reality. And as long as there are fields in need of water and communities in need of hope, Shelter For Life will be there, a beacon of light in a world thirsting for change.

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Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.