“Before coming to fitness I was hopeless but after coming here I received great hope,” Rosa said.
Shakhnoza was worried. Her 14-month old child was very thin and had become sick very quickly…
“When we were planning the Wheelchair Provision and Service Workshop, sport was not the first thing that came to mind. There are so many people here that need basic,
“When I come here all my worries go away.” Exercises and social support are making a difference in women’s lives.
This encounter with our physiotherapist through our Operation Mercy Hope and Health project has made a big difference for one girl with a disability who now,
Shukrullo was delighted when our Operation Mercy mobility team in Tajikistan got him a wheelchair!
“This clinic is filled with positive energy because of your warm behaviour and your golden hands, which are achieving the impossible…”
She denied it and said it never happened, and that I must have dreamed it!
Many men in the communities are learning how to better care for their pregnant women.
“Going to class is so wonderful… I used to cry all day and night because I felt purposeless at home. Now I can wear anything and I feel so much better.”
Hope and Health is a place where psycho-social and physical recovery meet. Here is a haven where people can be listened to in confidence, and where their unresolved grief can see the light of day.
Access to schools and education is limited for village women…
“Together with my relative, I joined the class and I have benefited from it a lot. I feel better emotionally and everyone at home is happier with me!
Our health trainers don’t just “tick off the boxes” after they teach a lesson, but they pay attention and try to see the women, to understand them,
Hassan and Hussein are twin boys born in a village in northern Tajikistan. Both were born with cerebral palsy due to brain damage during birth and have severe physical disabilities.
Our WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project staff support volunteer community trainers to reach their families and neighbours with life-saving messages about hand washing, safe water and safe faecal disposal.
The people said, “Shirin Gul has four daughters; one of them was born after taking the BLiSS course.” Another lady laughed and said, “The last one born was the luckiest one!”
It was exciting to see their desire and willingness to work together, and the initiative they took to help one another and to ensure clean water for their community.
“How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?”
Operation Mercy BLiSS projects continue to make a significant impact in Afghanistan. In 2017, over 2,800 women and 600 men participated and graduated in the 17-week BLiSS course in Afghanistan.
“We all are thankful for these lessons and are so happy that we have my daughter-in-law and my grandchild with us.” – Birth Life Saving Skills participant