The job situation in Afghanistan is catastrophic - especially for women. We are therefore planning to launch a completely new project this fall: a training program for young women in Kabul to become jewellery makers, thus giving them prospects for the future beyond school education. Thanks to your donations, we were able to secure important pillars of the program in a doubling campaign with the Aurora Borealis Foundation. But we still need your support to completely finance the project!
Visions for Children's many years of project work in schools led to an awareness of the limited opportunities available to female school leavers in Afghanistan - their chances of finding a qualified training opportunity or a job are often slim. The situation has even worsened since the Taliban took power: Women are no longer allowed to work in some professions and, in some provinces, are not allowed to attend secondary schools.
The Jewellery Blacksmith Training Program creates realistic and, above all, diverse job opportunities in the art of blacksmithing for both young school graduates and women who were excluded from the job market after graduation. The goal of the program is that upon successful completion of the training program, the participants will be able to become self-employed or take up employment in a workshop.
The training program is designed to offer young women in Afghanistan prospects for the future and an education beyond school. In this way, the women are encouraged in their self-determination and independence and they can serve as role models for other women in their environment. In addition, the project serves to strengthen the local economy and to honor the traditional blacksmith's profession, which offers sustainable job opportunities, as demand for the craft is very high.