Stuffed animals for displaced kids
Students from Abraham Lincoln High School (Council Bluffs, Iowa) and Hatefi Girls High School (Herat, Afghanistan) are joining together to collect and deliver stuffed animals, toys, and other needed humanitarian supplies to Afghan kids whose lives have been upended by violence and who now live in internally displaced persons camps.
With the help of the Afghan women-founded Women Education for Better Tomorrow Organization, Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association, and Karadah Project, Abraham Lincoln High School students are collecting all kinds of things for Afghan children. Imagine what any child might want and it is probably needed, but please avoid anything religious. If you have a questions about an item, ask us and we’ll make sure it is appropriate.
We prefer new, but we can also accept gently used items.
We share the human experience
I am amazed and inspired by the resiliency of people, particularly women. Too often disdained, those who exist in a world of poverty, insecurity, displacement, and other monumental disadvantages find ways to survive and thrive. They get up each morning and face the day with courage and resolve, partially because they have to, but mostly because they choose to live. We see them as victims of circumstances, but they are so much more. Their super hero power, in a real world, is survival.
“After attending these classes and spending time with the other women and teachers, I noticed psychological improvement. I can share my problems with the other women and get some help from them…These classes help me to feel strong by being able to work. These classes have empowered me.”
These classes have empowered me.
After attending these classes and spending time with the other women and teachers, I noticed psychological improvement. I can share my problems with the other women and get some help from them…These classes help me to feel strong by being able to work. These classes have empowered me.”
The Hidden Internally Displaced
Refugees represent nearly a third (30%) of the world’s displaced population – people forced to leave their homes due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.
The much larger number of internally displaced people – those displaced within their home country – reached about 40 million in 2017 (over 1.8 million Afghans), bringing the world’s total displaced population to 68.5 million in 2017. (Pew Research Center)
Through our partnerships with local Afghan nonprofits, we are working with displaced and poor women in rural villages to stem the tide of refugees flooding into other countries. Through our vocational skills training, livestock projects, and other initiatives, we are helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty.
If their husbands are jobless, these women can support their families. Step by step the society can improve. I am an example of an Afghan woman who works. I am a widow and I have seven children. If I don’t work, who will support my family? My children go to school now because of my income.
Entrepreneurs turn hens into turkeys
Smart and saavy Afghan women living in rural Shindand Province are stepping up their game. They are using profits from hens given to them by Karadah Project and our Afghan partner Shindand Women Social Foundation to purchase turkeys. These entrepreneurs now have higher income-generating products to sell and have increased their nutrition choices. Sustainable solutions.