Teacher Training Project

Teachers Training Project was proposed, planned and carried out for the female school teachers in districts of Herat province from 2005 to 2006.  The idea was to provide training to the existing group of female teachers in terms of subject contents, teaching methodologies, child development and proper use of teaching aid materials, classroom management and school administration. One Hundred (100) school teachers from several districts attended the workshops in Herat city.  The project was funded by PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) of ISAF in Herat.

UNICEF Clean Village 2010

Within the recognized strategy frameworks, UNICEF and VWO agreed to continue the implementation of the “clean village concept” in the selected locations for a total number of 245 households in Herat and Ghor provinces for ten calendar months. The project team coordinated project activities with the local community development committees (CDCs) in the villages in collaboration with local authorities for effective implementation of the project. The project activities were carried out in close coordination with the department of Rural and Rehabilitation Development (RRD).

Self-Immolation Prevention Project

Phase-II of the proposed self-immolation prevention campaign was designed for 12 calendar months and was carried out in Herat city. HumaniTerra International France provided the project fund for a contractual agreement of 12 calendar months. Awareness was provided to students and their parents, teachers of two schools and for the people who visited Herat Regional Hospital for treatment. In addition, awareness sessions were held in the special medical center for burned patients as well as Herat Maternity Hospital regarding self-immolation and its disastrous consequences. VWO carried out all the proposed project activities according to HumaniTerra international guidelines.

Woman’s Legal and Social Protection

VWO began implementing the Women Legal and Social program in Ghor and Badghis provinces in August 2007. The project was funded by Christian Aid (CA) and the activities were implemented in Herat, Ghor and Badghis provinces. The aim of the project was to 1) build a systematic networking and coordination mechanism among the stakeholders 2) to provide effective awareness sessions in the communities at all levels and 3) to assist and reintegrate women in care centers and women prison with their families through legal channels and standard procedures.

Drug Addicted Adolescents Treatment & Rehabilitation Center

The Drug Addicted Adolescent Treatment Center (DAATC) in Herat was funded by International Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) through Colombo Plan in collaboration with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Counter Narcotics. The project started in March 2010 and it was completed within the contractual agreement period of 12 months. The clinic had a capacity of 50 clients which admitted only male adolescents aged between 9 to 17 years. The clients went through comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation phases each comprising of three months. Literacy and vocational training classes were also provided to the patients together with entertainment facilities. The project was designed to have two separate groups, each for 50 clients, as such the treatment and rehabilitation center provided services for one hundred (100) drug addict adolescents.

Drug Addicted Women Treatment & Rehabilitation Center

The Drug Addicted Women Treatment Center in Farah was funded by International Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) through the Colombo Plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Counter Narcotics, Government of Afghanistan. The project started providing services from May 2010 and ended in April 2011. The treatment center was located in Farah city and had the capacity for 20 patients at a time. The clients went through a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation process in two phases. Each phase comprised of three months and during their treatment and rehabilitation process the clients were provided with literacy classes, vocational training and entertainment facilities.

Drug Addicted Children Treatment & Rehabilitation Center

The Drug Addicted Children Treatment Center in Farah was funded by International Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) through the Colombo Plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Counter Narcotics, Government of Afghanistan. The project started providing services from May 2010 and ended in April 2011. The treatment center was located in Farah city and had the capacity of 15 clients at a time. The clients went through a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation process in two phases. Each phase comprised of three months and during their treatment and rehabilitation process the clients were provided with literacy classes, vocational training and entertainment facilities.

WASH/GAGP

WASH or Water and Sanitation Hygiene project was funded by Japanese Embassy under their GAGP program. The project activities started in November 2009 and were completed within the contractual period of eleven calendar months. The project was designed to provide hygiene education and sanitation awareness to the rural communities. It also focused on the construction of Eco- friendly sanitary toilets in the target villages.

Vocational Training Projects

This project was funded by ARD-LGCD. The project was implemented in Dolayna and Moqor districts in Ghor and Badghis provinces respectively. The project provided facilities and training to women interested in carpet weaving, basic business and marketing skills. The training project took nine calendar months to complete in the mentioned districts of Ghor & Badghis. Over all 75 women and girls participated in the program. Most of the beneficiaries raised their own businesses through carpet weaving upon the completion of the project.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene Education (WASH)

This project was implemented in three districts in Ghor province. UNICEF provided the funding for the project which lasted for 13 months and 2 weeks that started in January 2008. The WASH program team members conducted trainings and awareness sessions in several villages in Ghor province. Totally 12960 individuals benefited from the program in which a whopping 75% were female.

Self-Immolation Prevention Campaign

HumaniTerra International funded this project which was implemented under the supervision of family protection commission affiliated to Herat Provincial Council. The program started on 1st Feb 2008 and continued for 11 calendar months covering all districts of Herat province in two separate phases. The program targeted families, students, teachers, Shuras (councils) and other influential entities in the community to broaden the audience of the program and deliver awareness to target populations about self-immolation and its disastrous consequences. It was reported that during the course of the project around 50,000 people benefited from the awareness sessions in which a majority 70% were female.

Gender Based Violence Training

This project was funded by Oxfam-Novib through Afghan Women Network (AWN) in Herat province for one year in 2007. The project scope of work comprised of seminars, conferences, workshops and exhibitions targeting members of community in various levels. The program enjoyed a good reputation among the beneficiaries and other stakeholders. The project’s success attracted extra funding which made the extension of the project possible for few more months in 2008.

Women’s Tearooms

The Embassy of Finland funded the construction of Five (5) Women’s Tearooms.  VWO implemented the project and established the tearooms in five strategic locations of Herat city. These facilities run exclusively by women for women. The project was implemented successfully by VWO and the tearooms are still running and creating job opportunity for a number of women. The income generated by the tearooms go directly to the vulnerable women who work for the project.

Silk Production

Christian Aid funded the Silk Production project in 2007. The project was implemented in Zinda Jan district of Herat. One hundred (100) women were the direct beneficiaries of this project. The women were trained in silk production methods as well as techniques of making garments from silk. The women run their own silk production center, which produces different types and colors of silk made clothes. Their products are believed to be of high quality that has a high demand and value in the local markets.