Literacy courses concluded at our Women Empowerment Centre (WEC). Forty women learnt how to read and write in Farsi, and they also learnt some mathematics. A little more than a year ago most of these women had difficulties even counting money.
The women are still participating in health lessons. Our hygiene trainer contacted the Director of Health in Bamyan to get more lessons and new materials for our students. The English class is going well, there are 50 students learning English in two different classes. The lower class finished their books. Soon they will start a new, more advanced book.
The following is a good example of the multiplying effect that Transformational Community Development (TCD) can have: Two girls who started an English class with us less than two years ago have started their own English course. Each of them has about 25 students–and they continue to also attend our English course!
Thank you very much for your interest and engagement. It is our honour to lift people out of poverty and improve their lives!
Samania, our GHNI staff person in our Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC) has conducted a survey and held meetings with local women in Bamyan. This was in order to begin literacy, health, and midwifery lessons, of which the latter two were their favorites.
Meanwhile, the girls are coming in daily to the center to learn English and also practice lessons for Transformational Community Development (TCD). As the weather is cold these days, we try to provide heaters to make the center warm so that the English class students and women can comfortably sit and hold their meetings.
Raihana is one of the girls coming daily to the English class. She and her classmate were asking us to provide firewood for the room because it is getting colder these days. Raihana said, “If we have a warm place, we sit longer here and do more TCDs.”
GHNI started the Women’s Empowerment Center in June 2018. Our goal is to teach them how to become self-sustainable and to help support their families.
The people in the Bamyan region are poor, and the women were trying to find some income to help their families. They are uneducated and don’t have any work skills except some embroidery and handicrafts. Most of these women were not able to pay 60 afghani (about $0.80) for the taxi to get themselves to the local bazaar in central Bamyan. Some of them were walking and it would take two hours to walk there and back home.
At this center, we are also teaching English to Bamyan teenagers. About 30 students are enthusiastically learning English. The local elders and women are very grateful to GHNI for establishing our Women’s Empowerment Center.
Recently, the GHNI-Afghanistan team has developed a strategy to meet one of the biggest needs of the country—to help the women. Accordingly, GHNI has decided to start several Women’s Centers. First of all, we plan to start a couple of centers in a rural region. The main purpose is to provide economic empowerment for the women. We will be providing training and opportunities to produce and sell handicrafts. However, another key is to train the women in the benefits of and how to produce a kitchen garden. This will allow the women to provide diverse vegetables for their family, cutting down on their food budgets, but also enable them to sell the extra produce to supplement their household income. We will also promote health and education opportunities through these centers.
Likewise in Kabul, we are partnering with some women who recently started a Women’s Center there. In this culture, it is difficult for women to meet in public together. They can’t even have other women come to their homes. Therefore, our team has started a Women’s Center to provide not only training in handicrafts but also some counseling and free dental care. The focus of all of these centers is to provide holistic health to one of the most neglected and vulnerable populations.
The included photos reflect how the men support the opening of this center to help women in their regions - wives and daughters futures will be better and the men are excited to have this opportunity for women. The two women are the recently hired trainers who will oversee all activities in the center.
We have one center currently hosting meetings and two are pending full funding to begin scheduled training. The women are anxious to begin!
We must raise at least $2000 to begin the two centers. $2000 will provide several months of lessons and rent for space.
These centers are vital to bringing an increase in income for families living in extreme poverty. Women are learning skills such as sewing, and building community amongst themselves.
We hope to have more to report very soon! Please share this need with friends and ask them to partner with these women who can now meet together to discuss and share their lives, their needs and learn valuable skills to bring income.
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