Relief International

RI provides emergency relief, rehabilitation and development assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts worldwide. RI's programs bridge the gap between immediate and long-term community development. This orientation promotes self-reliance and the peaceful reintegration of populations. RI's programs are designed with the input and participation of target beneficiary groups such as women, children and the elderly, whose special needs are often neglected in disasters.
Jan 18, 2008

Women's Centers and Education Scholarships

As a first step toward RI’s “Scholarships Inspiring Darfur Girls to Achieve” initiative, RI is working with donors from Global Giving and private foundations to rehabilitate two and construct two new women’s centers. The Darfur Women’s Centers will serve as female-friendly community spaces in Kabkabiya, a remote village in North Darfur. The durable centers will host continuing education programs for women and girls, and will serve as a resource for a girls mentoring program – a mentoring network of women that offer “stay in school” and extracurricular support for secondary education that can counteract the hurdles girls currently face attending school. Through participation in the community centers, RI will select recipients of scholarships to provide girls who are forced to stop going to school with the funds and emotional coaching they need to resume their education. The new centers are strategically located to ensure that communities of internally displaced persons and host communities, have equitable access to the services provided.

Oct 30, 2007

Program Report: Projects Fostering a Culture of Human Rights in Afghanistan

Program Objective:

Enhancing education, training, monitoring and awareness-raising on human rights. The goal of the Education for Human Rights: Afghanistan programme (EHRA) is to foster human rights awareness among teachers and students in Afghanistan. The proposal is designed to educate pre-service teachers at the Said Jamoliddin Teacher Training College in Kabul and the Nangarhar University Teacher Training College in Jalalabad about human rights. Emphasis is placed on the rights of women and children, as the programme ultimately helps teachers develop age appropriate classroom modules on human rights for school children. RI brings to the effort its experience in project management and expertise in the education, technology, and human rights sectors.

Timeline of the events (February 15, 2007 - September 2007):

A. Key Indicators:

Number of: - Master Trainers trained: 20 - Teachers trained: 342 - HR Club members/students trained: 40

B. Progress:

• February 2007 – During the first two weeks from the beginning of the project the staff was hired, questionnaires were developed and three subsequent seminars were conducted with a purpose of determining the state of the given issue.

• March 2007: the Memorandum for Understanding with Education Departments of JAAL and Kabul were signed. • March – April 2007: HR Education curriculum was developed; HR resources were collected and translated into Dari.

• April 2007: meetings with key organizations such as UNDP, MFA, Save the Children Sweden, Family Welfare Focus, Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, UNDP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others that work in the sphere of HR were conducted.

• April - May 2007: 11 candidates for master teachers training from 11 schools of Kabul and 9 teachers from JAAL were selected and trained on HR Education.

• May – September, 2007: 13 trainings conducted and 390 teachers were trained in Kabul and Jalalabad for pre-service teachers and in-service teachers of TTC’s and teachers of 37 schools of Kabul and JAAL has been trained. Almost 60% of trainees are female.

• July-August 2007: HR Clubs were created and followings were accomplished: - September - October – HR Club student- members were trained on leadership, HR Ed, project design, public speaking and other essential knowledge and skills. - October - students started developing their own projects and activities.

C. Already existing and earned experience of RI was successfully used in the implementation of a number of events that were not presented in the original proposal, such as the following:

- There was a great Interest from a number of non-partner schools to host trainings (main partner schools: Said Jamoliddin Teacher Training College in Kabul and the Nangarhar University Teacher Training College in Jalalabad) and as a result 6 trainings were conducted at Mariam Girls and Aysha Durrani Girls High Schools in Kabul and in Bibi Aysha Girls High School and Tajrobavi School in Jalalabad, important that teachers trained where from different schools of this two provinces.

- HREd website (not proposed at the original proposal) was created and is currently running successfully:

- A number of on-line forums were conducted on HR, as well as women’s’ and children’s’ rights related topics in Feb.-Sept., 2007, see +forums

- Five (5) teachers of ICT were extensively trained on HREd, and now they have expertise to train HR Ed. projects based in ICT’s;

- Two (2) trainers from TEP (Teachers Education Program Department of the MoEd) Mr. Sardor Hussain Han and Mr. Bismillah Han were trained and now they are conducting trainings by using EIDHR methodology and the program manual at trainings initiated by TEP Department MoEd. Recently 30 Master teacher trainers have been trained at this department on HR Ed. by two of prepared by project master trainers.

- Among the trainees we had several teachers who now teach Literacy at government established centers for alliterated people such as drivers, genitors, and other blue collar workers. Our program equipped such trainees with HR Ed methodology.

- HR Club members are working on two electronic magazines which will cover a broad rage of topics with special focus on HR. The magazines will be presented during International Education Week, Nov 12-16.

- A number of teachers who took the training expressed their desire to conduct similar trainings for early childhood teacher, such as kindergarten teachers.

- Paint and drawings exhibition on “Women’s rights in Afghanistan” was initiated (available on )

- Women’s and children’s rights issues were covered in several presentations to the various communities and were simultaneously covered by media

All the activities and social events listed and described previously that were not part of the initial proposal, became a highly essential parts of the project, which is setting a basis for a continuous and successful activity of the project as well as the recognition by the Afghan society.

Aug 21, 2007

Progress Report August 2007: Help Improve Health of Mothers and Children, Darfur

Support from Global Giving donors has allowed RI to expand the services of the Zam Zam Camp clinic, which serves more than 50,000 displaced people, and to provide training and supplies to 7 additional village-run health facilities. Expanding access and care has truly benefited the people of North Darfur. The number of pregnant women visiting RI safe motherhood units for prenatal checkups has steadily increased by 4% from August 2006 to June 2007. This marks a remarkable outreach achievement for community health workers who have been conducting awareness-raising programs for tribal and religious leaders. The RI midwives are also responsible for increased prenatal care, as they have been conducting activities during household visits to promote the importance of 3 prenatal visits for good mother-baby health.

As a result of overwhelming public support, RI’s field team has been able to provide 65,000 consultations in the past 6 months through the Zam Zam clinic and the 7others. Children under 5 years of age accounted for approximately 42% of all consultations. Children in Darfur suffer illness and even death as a result of severe diarrhea caused by poor water and sanitation and hygiene. Due to hygiene promotion activities provided by RI clinics, including education of mothers on the treatment of diarrhea, cases of severe dehydration due to diarrhea have decreased by 2% from August 2006 to June 2007 in RI clinics. Overall, the 8 clinics have reached. 5,800 schoolchildren, 50 school teachers, and more than 1,500 women with lifesaving outreach.

Community education campaigns have also focused on raising awareness about prevention of HIV/AIDS. From August 2006 to June 2007, RI’s health team conducted education activities for 120 community and tribal leaders, community health workers, and youth on HIV/AIDS prevention. These representative leaders were empowered to deliver key HIV/AIDS messages to their villages.

Note: Because this program has expanded to include Relief International’s Zam Zam clinic, this profile will be replaced with a new one on Global Giving. Please see this profile, entitled “Zam Zam Clinic in Darfur - Healthcare for +50,000,” coming soon, to donate to the cause.

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