AADO’s Life Skills Training Program teaches rural women who have missed out on an education, how to read, write and do simple arithmetic, taking them from little or no literacy to the equivalent of third grade. They learn about basic health issues, such as hygiene, nutrition and elementary first aid, and life skills including physiology, psychology, human rights and conflict resolution.
The second semester of this one year course teaches dressmaking, tailoring and embroidery, and the sewing machine they receive on graduation helps them to establish their own business. Outcomes of AADO’s Life Skills Training program are far reaching and include women organising so their views can be heard by local leaders; increased access to decision-making in their families and communities; improved health and well-being outcomes for their families and broader community; and crucially becoming role models for other young women in local level leadership.
Through a partnership with the Afghan Rehabilitation and Health Services Organisation (ARHSO), who run similar educational programs for rural women, women with disabilities, and for refugee women living on the outskirts of Kabul, a further 100 women were trained in Life Skills. Overall, thanks to Cabrini Health, this program has now provided basic health training, literacy, numeracy and vocational training to over 1,250 rurally-based women in 54 villages with reported high level benefits across many local communities.