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 includes dressmaking, tailoring and embroidery. The sewing machine which the women receive on graduation helps them to establish their own business. Outcomes of AADO’s Life Skills Training program are far reaching and includes 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.
Overall, thanks to Cabrini Health, this program has now provided basic health training, literacy, numeracy and vocational training to over 1,350 rurally-based women in 58 villages, with reported high level benefits across many local communities.
Village Greenhouse Project
This is a new project for AADO. Staff from Kabul, headed by AADO’s cook who comes from a country village, visit the villages regularly offering guidance on cultivation and pest control, to ensure the greenhouses are productive.
Assistance has been given by the Ministry of Agriculture and we look forward to following their project’s progress.