10 years into the Syrian conflict, people remain resilient for their children’s sake, and they still hope to go home even if they can’t imagine how that will work out.
Women are finding support and belonging through sharing their stories and pain with their self-help group and hearing the stories and struggles of others.
We are building a culture of reading among the children. As they read, they learn to express new ideas, and their attitudes and behavior change positively.
“…In this way, we are supporting about 500 vulnerable families a week with fresh vegetables…”
It’s not only relationships that Alma has grown in, but confidence too.
Doesn’t every child love the circus, perhaps even dreaming of being part the circus act? Imagine the delight when Afghan children from Operation Mercy’s Children groups enjoyed the visit of an organisation which uses circus performance to empower young people in Afghanistan.
After joining the SHG, she began to listen to the difficulties and problems of the other women in her group. She realised that other people also had troubles and challenges.
At the closing celebration, he declared, “For four years after completing grade 9 I didn’t study and was not in a class with others. Studying and being together with the community gave me a lot of self-confidence!”
In January 2020, the SHG began literacy classes in Qala Now with the support of the Afghan federation of self-help groups, grown out of our previous projects.
In the women and youth empowerment project we address several key social and health issues, literacy, learning English, leadership in community/family, equal rights, stigma and advocacy.
All about our Keystone project.
The Project offers a program of Life -, Business – and Vocational skills training, in areas such as tailoring, hairdressing and cake decoration. And the net we were throwing out was especially looking for vulnerable women who had lost husbands for whatever reason.
“Now I’m living out my dream,” Bukurija said. “I’m a different person: I’m driving my car after many long years. I’ve started to have a smile on my face.
The hunger for more education in Afghanistan is almost tangible and so is the need to improve the education standards and resources.
During the second COVID19 relief distribution we were able to fill 200 bags with 43kgs of staple food, cleaning and hygiene supplies. Our project managers worked together across our four projects – disability,
During lock down due to COVID-19 in Kazakhstan the rate of domestic abuse has increased as people are quarantined in their homes together.
What is better than teaching young people skills for the future? Helping to develop local teachers so they can teach these skills!
Young and old alike passed by, marveling at dozens of paintings…
The women were amazed that an older woman (our friend is in her early 70s) would travel the world to spend time with them…
Amal*, one of the refugees who attended the three month sports-based Keystone programme, made significant lifestyle changes for himself and his family.
The brilliant new COVID-19 Kids Story Book is published in Dari and Pashto by Operation Mercy’s Rahmat publications in Afghanistan.