Afghan women are provided limited resources and educational training related to reproductive health and conditions specific to women. Aside from limited access to these resources, the stigma surrounding these topics makes it even more difficult for women to speak out about these issues and to recieve the help they need. Women who are able to access medical care regarding these issues, often times do not fully disclose their issues due to medical staff being largely male dominated. At CAWRI, we intertwine health, education, and development to promote healthy lifestyles and female empowerment.
School without Walls: Educate
School without Walls aims to educate and build schools for refugees in Shahrak Reza in Herat Afghanistan, where many residents are refugees displaced by the Taliban. Without proper classrooms, children have been attending classes inside a house
of one of the area’s residents. Our school will educate children who have been displaced by the war to access to quality schooling, knowing that quality education is the key for a brighter tomorrow. Based on the data gathered by the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), as of 2015 there are 12,955 refugees in the town of Herat. Through the project, we will be able to a build a school and provide school supplies to children and teachers.
Clean Cookstoves: Enable and Empower
In most areas of the developing world there is little to no access to clean energy. Traditional fuels may be scarce, expensive, or simply inefficient, thus forcing entire families to live in the dark or resort to burning any biomass they can find. Most of these improvised biomass fuels can be very harmful to a community’s environment and health.
Biomass charcoal briquetting is a viable and sustainable alternative. However, the manufacturing of this fuel can be complicated. The Fueling Women’s Entrepreneurship project seeks to address this concern, while simultaneously promoting the employment and innovation of Pakistani women. Through this project CAWRI seeks to bring vocational training to these women so that they may be able to both build and maintain their own cookstoves and, in turn, their livelihoods. It is our aim to provide not only the education and materials, but the empowerment to teach women to cook cleanly and sustainably and support themselves for the future.
Solar energy is a viable, renewable and sustainable alternative as well. Similar to the biomass charcoal briquetting, though, installation and maintenance can be expensive. Through this project our organization aims to bring vocational training to these women so that they may be able to both install and maintain their own solar panels. It is our aim to provide the education and materials necessary to teach women to light their homes and their communities. With knowledge of basic electrical engineering and solar power, these women will be able to avoid the costs of maintenance and installment of their valuable solar power and instead use the equipment that provided. These self-reliant women can then use their skills and knowledge to empower others. The cycle of empowerment will continue as entire communities advance in both technology and women’s rights as a result.