Sewing classes

As we shift our focus to other projects and priorities in Afghanistan, we are mindful of the deepening economic and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the country. So we would like to assist locally in ways that both address need and ultimately promote self-reliance and self-sufficiency. To this end, we began a new initiative - a small sewing class in Badakhshan province for rural women - in May 2021 that aims to provide people with income-generating skills that can be used to start a micro enterprise. The first ten graduates completed the program and were each awarded a brand new sewing machine. The next crop of students will graduate in mid-2022.

Building on the success of the Badakhshan class, we've established two more similar classes, one in Kalakan (Kabul province), and the other in Parwan province.

We are excited about this project and are exploring the possibility of supporting other culturally appropriate vocational skills training that will help alleviate poverty, such as poultry farming, fruit and vegetable processing, beekeeping and honey processing, etc. We would like to focus on women, since they are the most disadvantaged in society and are often deprived of educational opportunities and have limited access to land, credit and other vital resources. We hope that the female participants (and males, for other initiatives we might undertake) in our small projects build marketable skills and develop a sense of agency and confidence, motivating others. We think that such projects will be sustainable, efficient and scalable, as graduates of our vocational program can help revitalize their communities and possibly neighboring ones.

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