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Project Description
Help to change the course of Afghan street children’s lives by sponsoring their education. Instead of begging, scavenging through rubbish or selling plastic materials, proper education equip the children with literacy competency and technical skills required to financially support their families in a sustainable way. This project aims to enroll the street children into the formal education system but if situation doesn’t permit, vocational training will the alternative way out. Your contribution will cover the estimated cost of one-day schooling or training, and materials required for the learning of an Afghan street child.

Project Story
Decades of war in Afghanistan have led to a nationwide breakdown of social and economic structures. Children are among the biggest victims of the endemic poverty and vulnerability. When basic survival of a family is at risk, access to education is out of question. Everyday tens of thousands of children roam the dusty streets in Afghanistan, begging or working desperately to earn money needed for their family, worse case for the orphans. BRD Afghanistan aspires to change the future of these street children through provision of formal education or vocational  training, especially the orphans. The project started in 2012, focuses on reaching out to street children in areas where BRD Afghanistan has established its presence (mainly the Eastern and Central region). Not only that it enhances resource optimisation but most importantly to ensure that 100% of the contribution reaches the beneficiaries directly. As of June 2019, this project has successfully helped 1574 children returned to school, completing the compulsory formal education. BRD Afghanistan strongly believes that education is the key to break the virtuous circle of poverty and BRD Afghanistan hopes that you will support the effort to improve the future of the thousands of families in Afghanistan.

Donation
$2.00 – Educate a child for a day (1 – impact)
$10.00 – Educate a child for a week (5 – impacts)
$40.00 – Educate a child for a month (20 – impacts)
$240.00 – Educate a child for 6 months (120 – impacts)
$480.00 – Educate a child for a year (240 – impacts)

Participants’ Stories

Ihasnaullah, who is 16 years old, lives with his mother, three younger sisters and three brothers. When he was 11 years old and in the fourth grade, his father, who was the only provider for the family, sadly died during the on-going military conflict. Ihasanullah’s family was struggling to survive, so as the oldest child in the family, he had to leave school and take a street job as a newspaper seller.
Fast forward, thanks to the Save an Afghan Street Child with Education programme, Ihsnaullah has been re-enrolled in the school and provided with a part-time training to learn the Solar Panel Repair skills. He continued his education, learnt the trade in a local welding workshop and can now support his family with additional income. He tells us ‘I was very sad and worried about our family and my siblings’ future  as there was no possibility for them study. Today I am happy that I am continuing my education and also earning income to support my brothers and sisters, who can now also go school’.

 

Project Description

The only way to help an Afghan woman is to empower her with culturally appropriate and sustainable skills, which could eventually yield financial support for her family. Running a kitchen garden will help an Afghan woman to supply nutritious homegrown food for her family and potentially sell the excess produce in the market for some income. Your contribution will cover the cost of proper gardening training, supply of vegetable seeds and fertilizers and other required material.

Project Story

BRD Afghanistan is determined in promoting sustainable community development through pragmatic interventions. Cultural barriers and social insecurity limit the employment opportunity for Afghan women. Hence kitchen garden is a safe alternative for Afghan women to support their families. This project of BRD Afghanistan supports those women from poor families, especially the widows and breadwinners, who have access to land inside or outside of their house, to run a kitchen garden. The geographical scope of this project is the areas where BRD Afghanistan has established its presence (mainly Eastern and Central region). This helps to enhance resource optimisation and ensure 100% of fund utilisation directly for this kitchen garden project. As of November 2019, BRD Afghanistan has successfully supported 104 women in kitchen gardening and animal husbandry. 

Donation

$2.20 – support kitchen garden training and material supply for a day

$15.40 – support kitchen garden training and material supply for a week

$66.00 – support kitchen garden training and material supply for a month

Participants’ Stories

Halima Bekhtyari, who is 32 and lives in Ningarhar with her five children, has taken part in our kitchen gardening initiative which she says was a great programme, because it allowed her to  learn many simple, yet useful gardening skills. The training provided Halima with knowledge about seeds, fertilizers, and how to successfully tend to her new kitchen garden. By becoming more self-sufficient, she is now able to save money and use some of those extra funds to buy in the market other products needed for her five children.

Shima from Maidan Wardak Province, a widow looking after her three sons and a daughter, works as a tailor and gets by on total monthly income of 6000AFS (approximately US$90). Shima, who  has also a small farm, says ‘I am very happy that I have taken part in the programme which provided me with the support I need to set up the garden. It allows me to grow my own vegetables for the use of my family, save some money in that way and even sell some of the vegetables in the local market, bringing extra funds to my home’. The small contribution from the programme donors allowed Shima to double her income, but most importantly to become more self-sufficient and empowered to change her family’s life.

Project Description

Poverty is one of the keys causes the current armed conflict but poverty. Education and vocational training are essential to economic development that will ultimately break the cycle of poverty. Help to equip a vulnerable Afghan Women and youth with empirical skills that are in demand such as carpentry, welding, tinsmith or other culturally appropriate trade training for women ; improving his opportunities for employment or start up small-scale private enterprise. Your contribution will help to cover the cost for vocational training for one young Afghan adult over a period of 6 months.

Project Story

The results of war, the destruction of core institutions of state and a heavily war-torn economy led to unrivaled levels of absolute poverty, national ill health, large scale illiteracy and the almost complete disintegration of gender equity in Afghanistan. More than 9 million Afghans live in extreme poverty. The high vulnerability to natural disasters, on-going conflict and forceful repatriation of the refugees, fuel the cycle of poverty.

BRD Afghanistan aspires to protect the poor and vulnerable groups through continuous economic empowerment in order to reduce poverty and increase self-reliance. This project aims to provide structured vocational training to the poor women and young Afghans who struggle to financially support themselves and their families. The work skills offered in the training are carefully selected in alignment to market demand and economic development needs. Upon completion of training, the young adults should be able to find a job in the market or to start up their own small-scale business. The project focuses in provinces where BRD Afghanistan has established its presence (mainly in Central, Eastern, Central Highland and North East regions) to ensure resource optimization. As of November 2019, BRD Afghanistan has supported 105 young adults to complete the vocational training.

Donation

$6.00 – Cover the cost/day of a 6-month vocational training for 1 person

$ 12.00 – Cover the cost/day of a 6-month vocational training for 2 persons

$ 48.00 – Cover the cost/day of a 6-month vocational training for 4 persons

Participants’ Stories

Liloma and her husband, who is a farmer, barely managed to make ends meet with joint monthly income of only 2000AFS (approx. US$40) and provide for their six sons and three daughters.However, attending the vocational training in handicrafts and tailoring has changed Liloma and her family’s life for better. She says ‘Our previous income was simply not enough for our very basic needs, but learning the handicrafts and tailoring skills through the programme means that I can now design and sew clothes to sell them in our local market. Our income has increased to 6000AFS (US$110), all thanks to the programme.’

Project Description

Protection of human rights is one of the key elements in overall human development that will ultimately lead to the construction of a democratic pluralistic society in Afghanistan. Help to strengthen and sustain the development of human rights by supporting the human rights education led by BRD Afghanistan and Afghan Civil Society Organisation (CSO). This project aims to help individuals advocating and integrating human rights into their area of work and community living. Your contribution will cover the cost of a 3-day education session for one Afghan.

Project Story

More than twenty-five years of war has devastated the Afghan society and economy. Violation and abuse of human rights are deep rooted and still remains unabated. Child labour, human trafficking, rape, extrajudicial killing, underage and forced marriage, discrimination and abuse against minorities, abuse of worker rights, arbitrary arrest and detention are common human rights problems in Afghanistan. One of the main causal factors of these violations is lack of awareness and knowledge about human rights and basic freedom among the victims.

BRD Afghanistan is determined in fighting against violation of human rights through education and awareness. BRD Afghanistan collaborates with Afghan local Civil Society Organisation (CSO) to carry out Human Rights Education and Awareness Programme for those who are engaged in civil society activities, such as journalist, community leader and teacher. The participants are selected based on commitment level, command of basic knowledge and personal interest. The geographical scope of this project is the regions where BRD Afghanistan has established its presence in order to ensure resource optimisation. As of November, BRD Afghanistan has successfully conducted 22 education sessions in targeted provinces with an average of 25 participants in each session.

Donation

$45.00 – Support 1 person for a 3-day course

$ 90.00 – Support 2 persons for 3-day course

$ 180.00 – Support 4 persons for 3-day course

Participants’ Stories

A young man called Farzan who at 26 is a civil society activist from Bamyan Province tells our trainers that the human rights workshops were very successful, because he and other participants understood the societal and gender issues is their community. He says with confidence that he is now more aware not only of his own rights, but also his responsibilities and the role he can play in promoting the gender equality to their community. He suggests that similar workshops should be organised more often, because of their importance for positive change in his beloved Afghanistan.

Mina Razai, who is 32 and works in the Department of Women Affairs in Wardak province was thrilled to be part of the human rights workshop. She says that ‘citizens, and particularly women are now aware of their rights and citizen responsibilities towards the government as well as the responsibilities of the government towards its citizens, including the importance of gender.’ Mina says: ‘I will share my new knowledge with others in my workplace and will continue to raise awareness about human rights and responsibilities’.

Project Description

Afghan Grass Roots Organization and Community Based Organization (CBO) support peacebuilding at community level, creating an environment supportive of self-sustaining and durable peace through promotion of peaceful conflict resolution and formation of an integrated civil society. Your contribution will cover the cost of a 3-day peacebuilding training course for 20 to 25 participants, aiming to deliver non-violent communication skills and pragmatic conflict resolutions to the participants who are mainly from the local CSOs and CBOs, including the community arbitrators.

Project Story

Insufficient consideration to the need for capacity development of the local communities has been a contributory factor to the failure of the aid organizations in peacebuilding in Afghanistan. It is vital to address the root or proximate causes of violence in order to stabilise society politically and socioeconomically in long run. BRD Afghanistan aims to change beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of the local community to transform the short- and long-term dynamics between individuals and groups toward a more stable, peaceful coexistence.

BRD Afghanistan collaborates with Grassroots organizations and Community Based Organisation (CBO) on peacebuilding efforts through educational programme on human rights and conflict management at local level and in provinces where BRD Afghanistan has established active CSO network (mainly in the Central, North East, and Eastern Region). Since 2012, BRD has successfully conducted 10 training courses in different provinces with about 20 to 25 participants in each workshop.

Donation

$15.00 – support one-day training cost for a person

$45.00 – support three-day (full) training cost for a person

$90.00 – support three-day (full) training cost for two persons

Participants’ Stories

One of our female students at the faculty of Journalism, Masuda Ahmadzai, aged 22, from Eastern Region says that the 5-day training has opened her eyes to new ways of communication not only with her own family but also their neighbours and people from surrounding villages. She says that ‘because of this workshop, we now will be able to deal with problems that exist in our community and in our own families’.

Another young student from Kabul Region, Mohamamd Haroon, who is 23, says that training has   made a huge difference to his way of thinking about problems in his neighborhood and conflicts in his region. He says that ‘Through the role-playing during the training we were shown different techniques to deal with problems and tensions we experience every day. We have built our confidence, learnt how to find peaceful solutions, how to promote peace in our community and effectively engage in resolving conflicts. That is an important skill for us as youth; to be the force for good and peace-makers in modern Afghanistan.’