Years of conflict, drought and limited access to health care services make it difficult for vulnerable families in Afghanistan to grow enough food, improve their health, attend school or escape the cycle of poverty. This is especially true for women and girls. PWS&D is working with Community World Service Asia (CWSA) to address these challenges through innovative and sustainable development programs that improve farming practices, break down barriers to girls education and increase access to maternal health services.
PWS&D is working with CWSA to improve the quality of mother and child health services and overcome cultural barriers that prevent women from receiving essential pre and postnatal care. Delivery rooms are being established and upgraded, and birth attendants receive training about how to deliver babies safely. Communities also learn about the importance of maternal health, nutrition, hygiene, family planning and the benefits of breast-feeding.
*Donations to PWS&D’s maternal and child health program are maximized through matching funds from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
Girls’ education provides the opportunity for girls to overcome gender inequality and gain the skills to one day obtain employment, decrease poverty and contribute to the peaceful development of their country’s future. Educating religious leaders, parents and community members about the importance of sending children, especially girls, to school is essential to gain their support and increase attendance rates. Specialized trainings for teachers include sessions on child rights, gender, peace education and improved teaching methods, which foster a nurturing learning environment for girl students.
PWS&D has information sheets to help you learn more about our programs in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Information Sheet
Partners in Hope - Afghanistan Youth Resource
Afghanistan Maternal Health Study Resource
Girls' Education in Afghanistan Information Sheet
Maternal and Child Health Information Sheet