Afghanistan has been named one of the worst countries to be a mother and most dangerous to be a child. Women are economically marginalized with limited job prospects, but are able to weave rugs on home-based looms. However, it is very difficult for them to watch their children and work at the same time. With no childcare, mothers have resorted to sedating their children with opium seeds so they can work without interruption, or pulling their daughters into carpet making to keep them occupied.
A daycare and early childhood education program will enable women to concentrate on their craft and earn more income, while their sons and daughters are in a separate, safe and nurturing environment. Women will be able to bring their children to a nearby GoodWeave and GlobalGiving sponsored daycare center, where they will have an opportunity to learn, play and thrive with peers.
This program provides at-risk children, especially girls, with an opportunity for structured play, basic lessons and peer socializing that will give them a foundation for school and leaves them less vulnerable to exploitation. Parents become accustomed to bringing their children to the program, setting a precedent for school enrollment when they reach the appropriate age. Also, when women earn their own money, they have a voice in the household, and usually reinvest in the family and community.