May 18, 2020

Annual Report 2019

Dear Supporter,

During this difficult time, we hope you are safe and healthy, as well as your family and your loves ones.

For the year 2019, the Midwifery Training Program was implemented in the Province of Kapisa, during the month of December. Kapisa was selected for the initial training of midwives due to its acceptable level of security and infrastructures (training center, hospitals for practice, accommodation, etc.), as well as its adequate transport network which is essential for the training. For the development of the training modules we have partnered with the Haute Ecole de Santé de Genève; the midwifery department has kindly shared its pedagogical skills and clinical expertise.

The training was carried out in two phases: during the first phase, 21 graduate midwives have received the training, after being selected according to pre-established criteria. During the second phase, they themselves have had the opportunity to train other midwives, nurses and medical staff members.

AfD has adopted a “cascade-model” approach as the best strategy to provide training aimed at improving and developing midwifery knowledge; through this approach, a total of 119 midwives received quality training during the reporting period.

AfD’s local office in Kabul has collaborated with community leaders, whose constant support for this program is essential due to the significant influence they exert on their communities. The Ministry of Public Health, as well as local and international NGOs in charge of health facilities, had the responsibility of selecting midwives, through an interview and a theoretical examination. The tests have been designed by AfD’s master trainer recruited for the program.

Phase I of the training was conducted over 10 days at a training center, one week consisting of theoretical classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An examination was carried out beforehand to test the skills of the participants. Phase II of the training took place over two days, at the Kapisa Provincial Hospital, where midwives were trained on practical skills. 

Following the training, the midwives returned to their locations in order for them to train up to 8 colleagues each. The midwife in charge of the training has divided the lessons into 5 sessions over a period of one month. AfD’s master trainer has attended some of the lessons given in various health centers across the province in order to assist the midwives, both teachers and students.

The 21 midwives who benefited from the initial training have all been provided full accommodation at a common facility in Kapisa during the training period, in addition to covering transport costs throughout the duration of the program. The total 119 midwives (from phases I and II), also continued receiving their salary during the duration of the program. An agreement had been previously reached with their employer, namely the NGO responsible for managing the health facilities where the midwives were employed.

Action for Development would like to thank our donor community, whose kind donations have allowed us to successfully implement the Midwifery Training Program in Afghanistan throughout these years. We look forward towards implementing the project in 2020 and continuing to support the people of Afghanistan!

Sincerely,

The Team at AfD



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Mar 9, 2020

New School-Year starting soon!

Dear friends and donors,

95% of Afghanistan's children with disabilities do not have access to education due to environmental barriers and lack of dedicated facilities.

Action for Development supports the community-driven Rahyab School in Kabul, Afghanistan, which provides education to children with disabilities aged 6 to 18.

The Rahyab School plays a vital role in serving this marginalized community; challenges remain high in securing sustainable funding and expanding this model to other regions of the country.

Action for Development supports the school by providing meals to the children enrolled; closed for the winter period, the school is expected to re-open as of the 21st of March 2020 with about 850 children attending classes.

In order to continue supporting the school, Action for Development calls on our kind donor community to contribute to make it possible! Every donation counts!

If you would like more information on this project please visit our website at: http://www.actfordev.org.

On behalf of the team at AfD, we thank you for your generosity and extend to you our warmest regards,

Action for Development

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Mar 9, 2020

Winterization campaign 2019/2020

Kabul, Kapisa and Parwan Provinces
From mid-November 2019 through January 2020

Dear friends and donors,

Action for Development, with the support of the Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung Foundation and the Municipality of Bernex (Switzerland), distributed heaters, coal and wood to individuals and families in need, to withstand the harsh temperatures and weather conditions of the winter months.

Among the beneficiaries of the winterization campaign this year were the families of about 200 children attending AfD’s schools for street-working children in Kabul; AfD also distributed additional items, like shoes and coats, to all the children attending our schools.

We would like to thank our generous donors and express our gratitude towards the support received for this campaign; we encourage our donor community to continue supporting our projects, in order to continue improving the lives of the Afghan population, particularly children.

For additional information about the winterization campaign and all of our current projects please visit www.actfordev.org

Warmest regards,

The Team at AfD

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