Restoring lives through education
September 3, 2014
Thanks to your generous contributions, 100 girl and women survivors of extreme human rights abuses are now accessing their right to education. The past 90 days have brought hope to our clients as they attended public school, accelerated learning programs, literacy classes, kindergarten, on-the-job internships, and work placements. A teacher was hired for the center to ensure those whose situations make it unsafe for them to go to public school could still receive an education. Computers were purchased and kids are eagerly developing skills through educational games. Women who could not recognize one letter of the alphabet are now on their way to being able to text on a cell phone, read street signs, and even help their children with their schoolwork. Through the power of education, each and every one of these girls and women are developing skills that will prepare them to take advantage of opportunities, adapt to challenges, and change their lives for the better.
Risks and challenges
The women and children whom you have generously supported are survivors of extremely traumatic violence and abuse. These painful memories can create additional challenges to learning; to quote one client: “as much as possible I want to make myself busy with good things, like education – but still it is hard for me to focus and sometimes it is very difficult to understand what I am reading.” It is also challenging to find work placements for women with little work experience. Added to that are the cultural challenges in finding employers wanting to hire women, and in overcoming the negative stigma associated with women living in a shelter. In addition, it is challenging to work within the overall context of heightened insecurity.
”We have done the difficult job of preparing our clients for a lifetime of uncertainty, change, challenge, and self-created opportunity. Now they can think deeply about their lives and their future. They are developing the knowledge and skills to achieve their ambitions.” - Program Manager, Empowering Women for Economic Participation
Education is the cornerstone of women’s empowerment and we will continue to encourage those who need extra support and attention. We will also evaluate and monitor the quality of courses offered by partnering institutions, and will actively search out new work placement opportunities for women. Each and every one of the 100 women and girls will receive individualized attention to ensure we help them meet their unique educational needs for personal growth and development.
Restore the lives of women who have suffered from gender based violence and extreme human rights abuse in Afghanistan by providing recovery services and education.
Why we care: Afghanistan today is not just one of the poorest countries in the world, but also has the worst human development indicators.
How we’re solving this: Providing a holistic and empowering support program through the Transitional Care Centre (TCC) to women and children who have been victims of or are at risk of gender based violence (GBV) and other human rights abuses.
Afghanistan is recovering from the devastating impact of decades of war. The low regard that society gives to women, male domination in the family, gender based violence, cultural traditions and low self-esteem of women themselves, along with absence of adequate support to address injustices, contribute to the continuation of women’s inability to exercise their rights.
Hagar has been working in Afghanistan since 2007 and has set up a Transitional Care Centre to provide recovery services and support to survivors of GBV and other extreme human rights abuse. Women are provided with psychosocial care, access to medical care and legal services. The goal of the program is to improve literacy and provide life skills, catch-up and general educational opportunities. The Transitional Care Centre also links girls and women to Hagar’s Empowering Women towards Economic Participation (EWEP) program – which provides work readiness training, internships, on-the-job training and work placements.
At the Transitional Care Centre we will provide tailored care for:
- 15 women to receive catch-up education classes and/or literacy classes;
- 25 children to receive catch-up and/or general education classes;
- 15 adolescent girls to receive catch-up education classes and/or literacy classes;
- 10 women (not of school age) to receive ongoing basic education classes;
- 20 women/girls to receive participatory life skills learning;
- and 15 women to access work readiness training opportunities as well as on-the-job training, internships and work placements.
By providing education and employment opportunities for women, Hagar empowers each person to grow in confidence and provide for herself and her family with dignity. Through education and economic independence the program seeks to create social reintegration where each individual feels safe again and plays an active role in society.