Afghan girls are in dire need of opportunities to learn and develop important skills. The Taliban's ban on education past grade 6 has hit rural communities with renewed intensity. Sahar completed previous iterations of our Sewing & Literacy program successfully helping girls and women in rural communities learn to read through sewing classes. This year, Sahar is endeavoring to bring literacy through sewing instruction to even more Afghan communities with our Threads of Hope program!
World Bank reports that only 23% of Afghan women can read and write. Per the UN, Poverty continues to grow in Afghanistan under the current Gender Apartheid. Due to Taliban restrictions, women are struggling to help provide for their children, adding to hunger issues across the country. Our Threads of Hope program teaches tangible skills while empowering women to make their own futures! Graduates can read and have the ability to do home-based work to support their families!
Sahar Education provides full financial and operational support to partner organizations delivering our Threads of Hope curriculum to women between 15 and 40 years old. This program allows women a safe space to gather and build community while learning marketable skills. Reading and writing are fundamental for equity and future success. The program also addresses women's health, family structures, and women's empowerment principles, inspiring women to be resilient and have hope.
The Threads of Hope program has successfully helped Afghan women support their families and communities in past cohorts. The current iteration is working to successfully launch this year with your support. The 2023 program will serve over 40 women in Afghanistan and enable them to learn to read and write through sewing classes. This will enable them to rise out of poverty, support their families, and spread hope throughout their communities.