“…In this way, we are supporting about 500 vulnerable families a week with fresh vegetables…”
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 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.
Our women’s empowerment groups take the form of a lesson on a topic which is relevant to the ladies and then they divide into smaller groups to discuss the topic and share their thoughts and experiences with each other.
In our empowerment project, women and youth interact together and discover their own value.
STEP aims to help women who are inactive in the workforce to have the confidence, resilience and support to move ahead despite others thinking they have no future as husband-less women.
At a recent book exhibition, Tolo TV was looking for a publisher whose books were “pure Afghan”, produced by Afghans, for Afghans and published inside Afghanistan.
Young and old alike passed by, marveling at dozens of paintings…
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.
It’s not only relationships that Alma has grown in, but confidence too.
“I found that the group was not just about savings and taking loans, but there were also many important social issues that we could learn and talk about.
“And how do we lead our families with love, speak in a kind way, and not with violence?” asks Ahmed. He is one of the coaches at Keystone.
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.
The women were amazed that an older woman (our friend is in her early 70s) would travel the world to spend time with them…
“The training has shown me the importance of discipline in recording my cash flow and saving my profits. Now I know why I’ve failed before and I’ve seen that even a small business can be successful.”
At the Agricultural Cooperation for Development (AC4D) farm, the team is now testing some of the newest technologies to increase crop yields while minimizing the quantity of resources applied to the crops.
Their biggest felt need is to have someone who isn’t there to benefit from them, but who wants to listen to their stories and to believe in them.
Operation Mercy works with schools and individual farmers to support them in setting up successful high-altitude greenhouse operations.
AC4D embraces a long-term perspective, as the shift from a traditional to a technologically-driven farming mentality is a major change for local farmers.