Empowering women in Afghanistan

by Global Hope Network International
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan

We are excited to share that centers have reopened! The government announced that schools would be closed for four months because of the cold season and the second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks. Although this is a very difficult situation, it also meant that students could safely attend the Women’s Empowerment Center.

Asmaan* is a 23-year-old English instructor at the Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC). She is excited to have the opportunity to teach her students English back to back! We are excited to see the progress she will make. The students are also learning about Transformational Community Development, which includes health lessons one day a week.

English class and Health lessons are also going well at the Women’s Empowerment Center—East (WEC2). We were able to distribute notebooks, pens, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes for each of the participants, and the women and students were so grateful.

We are also working to empower all of the girls physically. They now have a volleyball team and play inside the school yard. We encouraged them to be active when we started WEC2. We bought them a ball and also gave the students support by cheering them on! 

Traditionally, the people did not allow their daughters to attend English class and play sports. WEC2 is bringing about change (transformation) in this and the surrounding communities.

The winter season is the best time for the girls to come to the center because the schools are closed.  They are passionate about coming to WEC2 every day to learn English. They love learning TCD lessons about sustainability, community ownership, and hygiene. 

We are excited to see the growth in all of these students. Thank you for all of your support! It is because of you that we are able to reach the people in this community!

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Asmaan” is a pseudonym for the individual involved with this project.

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Our Women’s Empowerment Centers (WECs) are currently closed due to COVID-19, but we remain in touch with our staff and students. The women and girls have learned how to have a healthy life and a thriving community. We hope that the quarantine will be over soon so we can resume our Transformational Community Development (TCD) and English lessons. They are eager to start class again at the center!

Over the course of this month, we distributed various kinds of vegetable seeds to help people in the village boost their immune systems and have fresh food for the summer and fall. We also distributed liquid soap to about 90 people after teaching about hygiene, trying to ensure that participants wash their hands many times each day. 

The health trainer is reading BLLiSS (Birth Labor and Life Saving Skills) books to prepare to teach women how to keep themselves healthy during pregnancy and after giving birth once the lockdown is over. The trainer said that since we started health lessons the number of patients in the local hospital has decreased significantly, even during the pandemic.

One of the young women we have been working with has made a huge difference in her community. Shirin* is a 20-year-old student. She lived in Iran with her family for many years. She speaks Farsi with an Iranian accent and also wears traditional Iranian clothes. When we held English classes before the coronavirus outbreak, she attended both primary and middle-level English classes. 

During the lockdown, she has memorized our disease prevention instructions. Since the coronavirus began, she has taught women how to properly wash their hands and how to keep their homes and community clean. She has helped dozens of women keep themselves and their families safe during these challenging times. Shirin also uses pictures and coronavirus awareness brochures from the ministry of Health. 

The women and many of the parents of the students said that due to the virus, they have lost their jobs and incomes. We are looking forward to reopening our centers, but also grateful we are able to to still help the community! 

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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Global Hope Network International

Location: Orlando, FL - USA
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Jeffrey Latsa
Orlando, FL United States
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