Circle time at the Child Development Center.
We have great news! Thanks to your support, and with the help of a generous outside funder, this project has recently been fully funded. This means that GoodWeave’s Shahrak-e-Qalinbafan Child Development Center will have the resources needed to operate for the rest of the year.
Over the past two and a half years, you have helped the Center to provide a safe place to grow and learn for a total of 67 children of weavers ages 2 to 6. The 40 current students receive a daily hot meal, a foundation in literacy and numbers, and structured playtime. As children of refugees, many of these young people have experienced a great deal of instability in their lives, and this Center provides much-needed safety and consistency. Your support has enabled these children to graduate from the Center prepared to enter school, while leaving them less vulnerable to being prematurely pulled into the workforce. This has made an impact on families too – with more time and opportunity to concentrate on their handiwork, weaving mothers have been able to earn more income to be reinvested in their families.
The community continues to embrace the Center, with 15 new children enrolling this year. The families have shown investment in their children’s education, even volunteering to provide a weekly potluck lunch for the students. And the Center’s importance as a safe space for learning grew this past summer as 54 school-aged girls were able to use the facility for preparatory classes.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support of these children and this community. I think the best words of thanks are those that come from the families of children who have benefited from the center’s programs:
Zaifa, mother of student Raz Mohammad, told the GoodWeave team: “I’m really happy and appreciate the services provided at this far rural area. My son is happy and willing to go to every day with a special enthusiasm. They provide a super lunch for our children and educate them as good as it is above our expectation.”
Nelofar, the older sister of another student, Saleh Khan, added: “I’m really happy that we have a daycare here, my brother now knows how to communicate politely, how to keep himself neat and clean, and little bit he can write some words. I really appreciate this service and wish they had even more capacity to reach even more children.”
This project is funded, but many other children and families still need GoodWeave’s support. I encourage you to take a look at our two other projects on GlobalGiving, Support Vulnerable Victims Of Nepal's Earthquake and Rehabilitate Rescued Child Slaves In Nepal, where your donations are still greatly needed. Our Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund is providing weaving families with the resources to rebuild their destroyed homes, pay children’s school fees and return to work so that they can stay out of debt and regain stability that is so deeply needed. And our other project, at Hamro Ghar, our rehabilitation center for former child laborers in Nepal, needs your support to ensure that children rescued from the looms can learn and grow in a safe and nurturing space. And please stay tuned as we launch an exciting new project on GlobalGiving in the coming months.
Thank you for your joining us in providing hope and bright futures to the children of Shahrak-e-Qalinbafan.
Children at the Center enjoy a potluck lunch.