AWWD is currently implementing the Humanitarian Assistance for Women in Afghanistan (HAWA) Program in collaboration with the Foundation for Peace (FFP) section. Additionally, the project aims to improve the socio-economic situation of vulnerable widows and women-headed households. This sub-agreement will provide vocational training, literacy education, and establish Community-Based Saving Groups (CBSG) for the project participants so that they can acquire income-earning skills, invest in establishing a business through the CBSG’s loans, and gain basic reading, writing, and numeric skills.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with two Afghan Civil Society organizations – the Afghan Women’s Welfare Department (AWWD) and the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF), with varying yet coordinated efforts to ensure the achievement of project objectives.
AWWD’s specific activities that contribute to the indicated outcomes and outputs are as follows:
Output 1: Conduct 39 ongoing training and support sessions for women advocacy groups, producer groups, and VSLA groups to participate in community decision-making.
Outcome 3: Aim to have 3,000-3,500 women strengthen their economic positions, creating a peace dividend by the end of the project.
Output 2: Empower 3,000-3,500 women with the capacity to establish small businesses in Balkh, Nangarhar, and Kabul Provinces through the following steps:
- Carry out action research to identify skills/vocational training based on the analysis of local demand and supply.
- Implement participatory beneficiary selection involving all community stakeholders for vocational skills building and small business training.
- Develop and support on-the-job training, post-training follow-up with businesses, and vocational training centers.
Output 3.3: Form 60-VSLAs for 2,400 women and make them operational in target communities by the end of the project. Achieve this through:
- Providing basic numeracy and literacy training for 1,200 women VSLA members.
- Facilitating and training 30 new Village Savings and Loan groups for 600 women in 30 communities.
- Creating links between VSL groups in different communities to explore market options.
- Facilitating discussions between microcredit institutions/money transfer companies and 30 VSLAs regarding women’s access to microcredit and establishing formal saving accounts as necessary.
Output 3.4: Ensure that 3,600 women report increased control over assets and income by:
- Conducting orientation and information-sharing sessions with community and religious leaders on women’s economic rights.
- Holding 140 awareness-raising community meetings (one per year for 70 communities over 2 years) for men and women on women’s economic rights.
English and Computer Project:
The Afghan Women Welfare Department (AWWD) significantly contributes to supporting vulnerable Afghan women and girls by improving their education in English and Computer skills, which they have been excluded from for the last three decades. The project’s goal is to empower Afghan women by providing computer skill training and English language instruction to help them become economically self-reliant.
The AWWD regional Jalalabad Office targets 500 female students as the primary beneficiaries of the project throughout Nangarhar province, with a specific focus on Jalalabad city and nearby districts of Surkhord and Behsude districts. This training in English language and computer skills will enhance their abilities, enabling them to further their education in contemporary academic fields.
Primary Beneficiaries of Project:
- 500 female students
Foundation For Peace (FFP):
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