Oct 8, 2021

Expansion and new beginnings

Since we last spoke, much has happened in Afghanistan! We have two major updates to share with you. One, we have been able to expand the education program, and two, our children are returning to their regular classes!

 

At Action for Development, we seek to provide education to street working children all over Afghanistan. In July 2021, we identified a new location for a school: a local market in Charikar City, Kapisa Province (63Km north from Kabul). Street-working children in this city largely depend on their daily earnings; families are used to involving their children in their daily work. Child labour is not prohibited there and as such, there is no way to eradicate it apart from enrolling the children in school. We considered the location appropriate since at the time, there were no schools nearby for children to be enrolled. Now, there is an AfD school! The site guarantees accessibility for the children and should be as safe as can be in the current climate. 27 children, out of which 11 are girls, are already enrolled.

Classes at the new site started in August and continue today, despite a government-mandated closure from August 15th to September 15th due to the Covid-19 lockdowns in Afghanistan. 

These children need your help! Your donation would help us to improve the education in each location, continue to provide the children with their main meal of the day, as well as include more children in the program. None of this would have been possible without your contributions, and none of it can go on unless you keep them coming! 

 

Back in Kabul, the school was also closed during the period mentioned above for Covid reasons. Though attendance of classes has dropped significantly (especially when it comes to girls) due to the recent turmoil in the country, the children are slowly returning to school. The community has yet to trust in their safety again, as many still fear to leave their houses, and our school is an important contribution to their resuming their daily lives. After all, the children get their main meal of the day from us! This is why your donations are so important - they ensure that we can maintain the school, which, in turn, ensures that people can find a way to live their lives again. 

Despite all the unrest, we are still here. We have adapted to the government’s rules and regulations and are offering the girls (above the age of 13) in our care further education through a Vocational Education and Training Program. As soon as we can get this off the ground, we can continue to provide a safe place to keep them off the streets, learn skills such as embroidery, and eat well. Once again, your donations are essential for this project to be realised! We need your help to quickly adapt to the new situation so that we can continue to help the children in our communities. 

 

Your help makes a huge difference!

 

Every donation counts!

 

Thank you for your generous support,

The Team at AfD

Sep 28, 2021

Women at the Heart of What we do

The current crisis in Afghanistan is affecting the lives and the security of many people in Afghanistan, particularly women and girls. Access to many essential health and social services has been disturbed due to the control of Taliban and their imposed restrictions. Women and girls have been banned from receiving education, freedom of speech, freedom of activity and movement. Humanitarian aid services have also been reduced or have been suspended in certain provinces, with many aid workers having left the country. Main donors including the World Bank have also halted their support to health programmes.  This has caused a serious problem in the operations of clinics and hospitals, lack of medicine, lack of staff and can eventually even result in the collapse of Basic Package and Essential Package of Health Services (BPHS and EPHS).

What is Action for Development doing to help?

Despite the current situation in Afghanistan and the ongoing conflict, AfD is determined to continue its support to vulnerable populations, especially women, and adapt its projects to the ongoing emergency context, to make sure that women and children are still prioritized and get access to essential health services despite the crisis. We do so because we cannot leave behind those we have worked with and for over the last 10 years.

Action for development (AfD) has been working over the years in supporting the capacity-building of midwives in rural zones in Afghanistan and by promoting healthy messages.  For the years 2021 and 2022, and as part of the Basic Package of Essential Health Services (BPHS and EPHS), AfD has developed a midwifery gap-training project in four provinces in Afghanistan, with the aim of improving quality of maternal and neonatal health services in rural areas. Previously, AfD’s overall mission was to train 1,000 midwives across the country. So far our count has reached 650 midwives in 7 provinces.

In these critical times the accessibility to health services is prohibited in some areas due to insecurity, however, some areas are still partially secure and there is a possibility to set up trainings for women, by women specialists, and we would like to use this momentum to safely train an additional 350 midwives to reach our initial goal. We have taken all the necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and the midwives we would like to train.

Until present,  AfD received close to 25,000 USD through additional fundraising mechanisms and over 4,000 USD online through the GlobalGiving platform and generous donors like yourself.  However, we are urgently looking for additional funds to support the implementation of our midwifery training programme and other emergency services.

Please help us support these women, please help our midwifery training programme. Your help can make a huge difference, especially where it is needed most.

Every donation counts!

Thank you for your generous support,

The Team at AfD

 

Sep 13, 2021

Winter is around the corner

What is the situation?
In the last month, the Afghan Taliban took control of Afghanistan. There is now tremendous uncertainty about what the future will look like for the Afghan people. However one thing which is clear is that the current insecurity continues to fuel a wave of internal displacement as people seek safety for themselves and their families. Many of these families are now stuck somewhere in the country, with no access to safe water, shelter or food. With the growing instability,  thousands are in dire need of your support.

What is Action for Development doing to help?
With winter around the corner, we have devised a plan to safely continue to support the families of those children who can benefit from our educational programmes and will need your help with winter clothing, food and supplies. 

Please help us support them, please help our winterization aid programme. Your help can make a huge difference, especially where it is needed most.


Every donation counts!

Thank you for your generous support,

The Team at AfD

 
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