Our partners in Tajikistan received requests for help from the Council of Afghan University Students and local municipalities to help with an existing and now rapidly growing Afghan refugee community in the country. We quickly started a project and gathered some resources to assist.
Afghan women and children are receiving support in health, education, and everyday necessities. An Afghan refugee woman shared her story after participating in a health seminar for women:
“My name is Gulizor*. I lost my mother when I was 11, my father married someone else, and I didn’t go to school. Because I was looking after my brothers and sisters who were left without parents, and there was no opportunity because the military conflicts did not stop. When I was 15, I was given in marriage. I endured emotional, spiritual, and physical abuse from my husband and his relatives. I now have four children. I am anaemic. I never went to the doctors. We have been here for six months now. This workshop was something new to me. First of all, the attention we received, I am shocked, I am accustomed to being devalued. But today was a great encouragement for me, the attitude was so warm, so family-like, something we do not have in principle. Thank you!”
We received a request for help from the director of the Centre for the Education of Afghan Children. The Centre has 300 children studying there and is severely under-resourced. We were able to provide some teaching equipment in the form of pens, pencils, and notebooks.
Maftuna knew about the book through one of Operation Mercy’s community health trainers. She herself went through Operation Mercy’s general health and pregnancy lessons, as the trainers do not only work with the local women in the village but also the wives of Operation Mercy staff.
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.
Shakhnoza was worried. Her 14-month old child was very thin and had become sick very quickly…
Corner chairs and walking frames are essential tools for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities and for increasing their quality of life. The training was aimed specifically at how to make these assistive devices.
Amina has grown in her capacity to advocate for children with disabilities, to encourage other mothers, and now has grown in confidence to share her knowledge and experience with the social assistance workers too.
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.
After months of meetings with local government authorities and other key parties, as well as planning, moving, and training, the day finally arrived – we opened our new office in Isfara…
Our hope is that through providing physical necessities as well as psychological, social and academic support; hope, capacity and community will be restored and built in Afghan students in Tajikistan!
In our empowerment project, women and youth interact together and discover their own value.
Her confidence has grown immensely, and with this growth, she has begun to teach and train other mothers in a way that contributes to making Operation Mercy’s work in Isfara truly sustainable.
Gulnoza truly brings sustained hope to the people she meets with. By caring for struggling individuals in this society, she is helping bring about the heart change that leads to life transformation.
Sitora is a 5-year girl with Down Syndrome. She is the third child in the family and when her mother does housework, Sitora tries to imitate her activities.
The community based rehabilitation project in Rudaki provides early intervention and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their parents.
Shukrullo was delighted when our Operation Mercy mobility team in Tajikistan got him a wheelchair!
Watch how our Operation Mercy project: “Mobility For All” in Tajikistan provided a wheelchair for a little girl with Cerebral Palsy.
And meet the dedicated technicians who make it all possible.
We have distributed DVDs including this video about “How insulin is made” and many more resources for patients and doctors to more than twenty endocrinologists so that they can use them to increase their own knowledge and educate their patients.
“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,
Imagine the difference for Madina and Sitora when they received a new wheelchair! At first it was difficult for Madina to get Sitora to sit in the new wheelchair,
We believe engaging with the local community is essential to doing effective development work. By working with leaders and citizens, we can positively affect attitudes towards children with disabilities and encourage a sustainable integration of our projects into the community.
Our partners in Tajikistan received requests for help from the Council of Afghan University Students and local municipalities to help with an existing and now rapidly growing Afghan refugee community in the country.