Location & Dates:
STAFFORD 16TH MARCH, MALVERN 22ND JUNE, BIRMINGHAM 19TH OCTOBER 2014
For a widow in Afghanistan life can be very challenging. The average age of a widow being 35 and losing the breadwinner of the family she will be left to look after her children single-handedly. The most vulnerable group in any disaster zone are the women and children. There are estimated 50,000 widows in Kabul alone. On a daily basis these women are exposed to poverty, hunger, exploitation and forced prostitution. The main cause of this vulnerability is income failure, i.e. widows do not have the skills to go out and earn an income for themselves.
Afghan Orphans is therefore launching a vocational skills centre in Kabul. We aim to train women in skills such as sewing, embroidery and weaving in addition to basic maths in order to enable them to generate an income for themselves. This will return the dignity to these women and break the shackles of reliance on outside sources for their basic needs.
The target of £20,000 will provide women with a full time vocational training centre, where each woman will be trained in the relevant skills. It will cover rent, teachers’ wages, cost of machinery, utilities, teaching materials and security. Upon completion of the course each widow will be given a graduation pack which includes a sewing machine, raw materials and embroidery kit.
MAHAMMED NADEEM AND FAROUK QURESHI WILL BE RUNNING THREE ½ MARATHONS TO SUPPORT THE WIDOWS IN AFGHANISTAN.