Apr 25, 2018

Nabila's Story

Nabila – a young Peshawari woman – feels that “religious teaching is at odds with modern education” in Northern Pakistan.


This is because the Taliban holds great influence over her community, and argue ''that educating girls spoils the mind”. As such, Peshwari girls educated above primary level are few and far between, and many live in perpetual fear of their local Mullahs as “they could give you Fatwa.”


Despite the constant threat of violence and persecution however, Nabila has begun to attend training sessions with Aware Girls - a local organisation partnered with Peace Direct – who are teaching her and other young Pakistanis how to promote peace, tolerance, and women's rights in their communities.


“I am young and there are other young boys and girls who are trained. We speak for our rights and the right of other young girls. We challenge the teaching of the Mullahs, that way it may take many years, but we can change the attitude.”


Your support helps to create opportunities for young people like Nabila by developing their skills and contributing towards the health, safety, and peacefulness of Peshwari communities.


With your support, we can provide training to more young people like Nabila, and in doing so help them find alternatives to extremism and build peace within their communities.

Thank you. 

Feb 20, 2018

Nabila's Story

For Nabila, a young woman from the Peshawar province of northern Pakistan, “religious teaching is at odds with modern education”.  

In her community, the Taliban hold great influence, meaning that girls educated above primary level are few and far between. This, according to Nabila, is because the Taliban promote ''a cultural idea that educating girls spoils the mind,” and due to education in Peshawar being “led by Mullahs,” who many fear to challenge as “they could give you Fatwa.”

Despite the constant threat of violence and persecution, Nabila has begun to attend training sessions with Aware Girls - a local organisation partnered with Peace Direct – who are teaching her and other young people how to promote peace, tolerance, and women's rights in Pakistan.

“I am young and there are other young boys and girls who are trained. We speak for our rights and the right of other young girls. We challenge the teaching of the Mullahs, that way it may take many years, but we can change the attitude.”

Your support creates opportunities for people like Nabila to develop their skills and contribute to health, safety, and peace in their communities. With your support, we can provide training to more young women like Nabila, and help them practice peace and enable others to embrace peace within their communities. Like Nabila, every individual who benefits from this program can have an exponential impact and inspire others to find alternatives to violent extremism.

Dec 6, 2017

The power of saving one child soldier

Despite insecurity, our project in Democratic Republic of Congo continues to transform lives, and strengthen communities through recusing child soldiers from a life of violence.

Not only are child soldiers being rescued from armed groups, our local partner continues to support them psychologically, and to return to school or vocational training.

Working with the local community means that community leaders are fully involved in the process of rescuing children. Our local partner helps them understand the importance of rescuing these children, and giving them opportunities to build a peaceful future. Children like Muhindo.

Despite only being a young man, Muhindo felt a great pressure to help provide for and support his family. Since leaving the militia, our local partner has supported him to make a living so that he can support his widowed mother. With help from CRC, Muhindo and his mother can live a more stable, peaceful life.

When a child soldier like Muhindo is successfully reintegrated back into their community, and supported to have a peaceful future, the whole community benefits. They can help other members of the community understand the dangers of being in a militia, and contribute to the stability of the whole community. One person at a time, communities in DR Congo can become safe for good.

 
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