Action for Development, with the support of the Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung Foundation and the Municipality of Bernex, distributed heaters, coal and wood to individuals and families in need, to withstand the harsh temperatures and weather conditions of the winter months.
The winterization campaign started in November 2019 and will run thoughout January 2020, reaching the provinces of Kabul, Parwan and Kapisa.
Among the beneficiaries of the winterization campaign were the families of about 200 children attending Action for Development's schools for "street working children" in Kabul; AfD also distributed additional items, like shoes and coats, to the children in need.
As we move into the new year, Action for Developments continues providing education to street working children in Kabul, through our 3 centers located in the city. This project is vital in supporting these children and guarantee them access to basic education. For this reason, every donation is going to significantly contribute to the project and to ensure its implementation throughout 2020.
Action for Development has provided quality training to midwives in Afghanistan since 2014. The training modules are developed by Action for Development in collaboration with the Haute Ecole de Sante de Geneve – Departement de Sages-Femmes (Geneva Health School – Midwifery department); modules include: care of the newborn, eclampsia, pre-eclampsia, management of 3rdstage of labour and postpartum haemorrhage.
Each training program is provided over a period of about 2 weeks at a training centre located in the province. It involves both classroom-based learning and practical clinical experience; at the end of the training, midwifes sit an exam and receive a certificate recognized by the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan.
From the 7th to the 13th of December 2019, AfD provided training to 20 midwives selected in the province of Kapisa; following our cascade-model approach, these midwives will train an additional number of midwives in their communities, for an estimated total of 100 midwives trained in the province by the end of the year. The training included a two-day residency at the provincial hospital of Kapisa and it was officially recognized by the Ministry of Public Health.
On behalf of Action for Development, we would like to express our gratitude to our donors for their continued support, which makes the midwifery project possible. Action for Development intends on extending its programs throughout 2020 with the intent of supporting the most vulnerable communities of Afghanistan to achieve our vision of "healthy families, empowered communities".
With our warmest regards,
The Team at AfD
Dec 9, 2019
End of year report
By Elena Moroni - External Relations Officer
In 2005, the most recent year with data available for disability statistics in Afghanistan – approximately 2.7% of the population had severe disabilities and this jumped to 4.7% when less severe disabilities were also considered. Disability is highly stigmatized in Afghanistan, with disability bias accounting for why most children and especially girls with disabilities face exclusion and stigmatization. Because of these stigmas most children with disabilities in Afghanistan are not educated (USAID, 2018).
The founder of the Rahyab School for children with disabilities located in Kabul, Parwin Azimi (an expert of sign and Brail language, and the author of Afghanistan’s sign dictionary) mentioned that over 75% of children with disabilities do not attend school. Lack of awareness and support at the country’s decision-making level has lead to minimal infrastructure at health centres or schools for children with disabilities.
AfD is proud of its collaboration with the Rahyab School, where it supports education programmes for nearly 650 children with hearing impairment. In accordance with our organization’s goal of “healthy families, empowered communities”, we provide food for the children and their families as an incentive to allowing children to attend the school.
As we approach the end of the year, we would like to thank all our donors for their kind support and we hope for the year 2020 to continue supporting children's education in Afghanistan with your help!
Wishing you and your families a prosperous and healthy New Year,