Happy New Year 100 Mothers Literacy Program Supporters!
I am so pleased to share with you that we have had a very significant year here at 100 Mothers Literacy Program. Eighteen mothers have completed a nine months literacy course and six months of tailoring vocational class.
Eighteen mothers were given sewing machines upon completion of their course. Some of these mothers were proud to say that they were able to make clothes for their own children and husband last Eid (an Islamic Religious festival) instead of buying from the markets. A few of women continue to make a small income from sewing clothes to their neighbors.
Mothers are on their winter holidays and Kabul just had its first snow. Meanwhile, we are busy planning for this year’s activities. Based on evaluation of our current circumstance and challenges we faced last year, we are not very sure whether we will be able to continue to hold regular literacy courses. We have observed that a number of other learning workshops can benefit families and women. We are looking forward to hold follow up, educational, and thematic workshops for women. They have shown more interest in workshops of short-term nature than committing to long-term ones.
We wish to raise awareness about different thematic important issues among families and women through these workshops.
Thank you for your support thus far and I hope that you will continue to support us.
With best wishes for a successful and happy year,
I would like to express my gratitude for your continuous unconditional support! I hope that everyone had a great summer. Following is a brief update of what has been going on with 100 Mothers Literacy Program for the past few months.
Dr. Spencer G. Davis, my former professor of Financial Economics at Methodist University, made a bike trip across America this summer in support of 100 Mothers Literacy Program. He began his bike trip from Acata, California on 12th May. He biked through the ups and downs, hot and cold of many states including California, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. “I did enjoy Western Kentucky as I bicycled on many small farms and rode through peaceful farm country. The many dogs that chased me were, however, not so peaceful,” Says Dr. Davis. He completed his journey at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on June 29th where he poured Pacific Ocean’s water into the Atlantic Ocean.
I visited Afghanistan in August of 2011 and had a chance to meet with students in person. It was an inspiration to see some of these women being able to read basic Dari (national language of Afghanistan). These are mothers who have just recently moved to Kabul from rural areas and exposed to a classroom environment for the first time. One of a student says with so much enthusiasm “I can read shop signs now.” It’s these precious moments that keeps us going on this difficult but promising road. Nonetheless throughout our program, one of our struggles has been to keep mothers focused and less distracted from many problems they leave behind to come for their classes. In order to overcome this issue, we have tried out various strategies and none seem to have been very successful. Based on women’s needs and wishes, we now offer tailoring classes alongside literacy classes. Thus far, the combination has worked. We hope that while literacy classes give women a chance to carve a better career in long-term and tailoring classes give them a skill to be able to bring an income to their family.
Our main goal is not to impress organizations by high numbers and big achievements but to simply walk the walk of mothers together and to be that guide in their lives in Afghanistan.
Greetings from London and Kabul,
Yet another winter has passed, and Afghans started the spring with a nationwide Nowroz (New Year) festival in March with a lot of renewed hopes and dreams. For the past few months, since the last update, so much has happened for 100 Mothers Literacy Program.
The project was marked as “retired” for a brief time. The reason we requested the GlobalGiving foundation to mark it retired was because we were in the verge of figuring out a lot of issues. We were not offering any classes. Therefore, it was only reasonable not to accept donations; I apologize if some of you may have visited the page. However, we have decided to continue to operate like a small scale, community level informal project until we have the capacity and resources to expand our horizons.
We have identified fifteen highly committed women, most of whom have moved from villages to a suburban Kabul, who were interested in the literacy courses. The classes for these women commenced on 3rd April 2011. This literacy curriculum is designed in such a way that their studies for over a period of three years will be equivalent to sixth grade in Afghanistan.
Moreover, one of my former professors at Methodist University, Dr. Spence Davis, will bike across America this summer in support of 100 Mothers Literacy Program. Dr. Davis plans to begin his journey May 12, 2011. He will begin his journey from the Mad River Beach in Arcata, Calif. Cycling an average of 80 miles per day, he will travel through northern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. He estimates that he will complete the trip from California to North Carolina in approximately two months. This is his website: www.spencesbiketrip.com.
Thank you for your continuous support, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any comments and ideas.
Dear Donors and Supporters,
I would like to thank you all for your continuing support and donations for the past few months. I visited Afghanistan in August and September with a lot of excitement to see the project site and to evaluate what could be improved. Unfortunately, this year there has been flood in many cities and villages of Afghanistan including where we work. As a result, the community that we were working with have been displaced. That has brought a lot of disruption with our programs. Currently we are tracking women with whom we worked previously. Some have moved to suburban Kabul amongst whom a few of them are placed in private vocation trainings. Besides, helping those mothers who are scattered, we are currently looking for new avenues of helping mothers. You will be posted about our further activities.
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