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Aug 19, 2014

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Community Support Vital for Education in Afghanistan

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  • August 19, 2014

“Traditionally they say and it is believed to be offensive if a woman works outside her home and earns money to support her family,” said Zahida. Zahida is currently a teacher in Mesha Khail Girls High School located in Qarghai District, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. She had completed high school and had always dreamt of becoming a teacher. “I had already discussed this with my family many times so as to convince them to allow me to pursue my career as a teacher.” Zahida added, “After graduation, I applied for the position of a teacher in Mesha Khail Girls High School and by the completion of the formal process was hired.”

Zahida was soon left with no choice other than to leave her career when she was married two months after joining the school. Khan Agha, Zahida’s husband, had previously accepted that she would continue her teaching career after their marriage. However, Khan Agha shared that he did not want his family and relatives to think that he was letting his wife work outside their home so as to use the income she brought back.

On the day Zahida submitted her resignation she said she cried and shared her feelings with teachers and students at the school. “I had lost my happiness and felt my life was ruined.”

In Afghanistan: Helping Women Discover Good Health

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  • August 19, 2014

In Afghanistan, CWS-P/A’s health work supports families in four districts across the province of Laghman.  Through six health facilities and in July, 1,619 men and women received health services. The facilities recorded 63 new pregnant mothers with the project’s antenatal care program, while 31 pregnant mothers received their fourth antenatal care visit.  The project’s midwives also recorded 50 deliveries and 158 mothers continue to attend postnatal care visits.  Approximately 82 children received necessary vaccination and 265 children under age five have been screened regarding their nutritional status.

More importantly, 334 community members attended health education sessions and 68 spouses of expecting women attended awareness sessions on sexual reproductive health.

As the project continues, many women like Said Bibi discovered health access that previously remained unknown to them. They have overcome challenges that previously prevented them from having children. “I was anemic and given medication by the midwife at the clinic.” Said Bibi resides in Dawlatshah District and often helped her husband in laborious chores. She shared that in her initial pregnancies she lost three babies.

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