Four Afghan women
In a world desperately searching for answers to the problems of instability in conflict areas, the lives of these inspiring women should be evidence of the critical importance of investing in education. A short two decades ago, these women would not have been allowed outside their homes unaccompanied. They now run organizations, seek and win public office, speak loudly in public forums, and advocate on behalf of the disadvantaged. They are iteratively changing the face of Afghanistan for the better. If we have the long-term commitment and patience to support them in their efforts, there is hope that peace will return to Afghanistan.
Hardest working hens in Afghanistan
Karadah Project in partnership with Shindand Women Social Foundation and the Women Education for a Better Tomorrow, delivered 400 hens to disadvantaged women in a rural village in Shindand District and the Minaret Displaced Persons Camp in Herat Province, Afghanistan.
The hens are producing both eggs and more chickens, providing both better nutrition and increased income for disadvantaged Afghan families. The very best in sustainable projects.
We urgently need your help to train 100 more women in the Minaret Displaced Persons Camp.
Education taught me to solve problems and lead teams. I know I can help other women to be educated and independent.
"When I was in elementary school we immigrated to Iran, because of the repressive Taliban government in Afghanistan. The government of Iran didn’t let Afghan children attend school, but some unapproved private schools opened with tuition fees. The only person who helped me was my mother who only had a 4th grade education. During the day my mother was busy caring for five children and the housework, but at night she took on extra sewing projects to pay for my school fees. My mother helped a little girl and now that girl helps other women. I am really thankful for everything my mother did for me. Educated women can change the world."
-Fatima Qattali, Director-Women Education for a Better Tomorrow
Sometimes, that life-changing education may be how to sew, weave rugs, or other practical skills. Over the past year, we have trained 350 women, stuck in the hopelessness of Afghan displaced persons camps, in market-driven vocational skills. Even as they are learning, they are earning money through contracts our Afghan partner, Women Education for a Better Tomorrow Organization, negotiate with local businesses and in the markets. We need to train 100 more women in the Minaret Displaced Persons Camp. Through a jointly written grant, the World Food Program will also provide food vouchers for the women and their families during the training, allowing the women to focus on their training.
Imagine, now, you are a single mother with all of the responsibilities of caring for and supporting your family. You may be a widow. Your husband may be disabled and unable to work. Perhaps, your husband has abandoned you. In these austere environments, you will be particularly vulnerable. You will have little access to the life-changing advantages of education, healthcare, and basic needs. Where will you turn?