Newsletter January - May 2017

AfD and Partners Event - May 4th, 2017, WCC building, Geneva

On the eve of International Midwifery day, Action for Development held an event on May 4th, 2017, at the WCC building in Geneva. During this event, the organization presented the results of its intervention in Afghanistan in 2016 and shared recent achievements with donors, partners and supporters.
2016 was an important year for the organization's development. So far, AfD has achieved several important collaborative contracts and many ideas and prospects for further progress were generated. 
The purpose of the event was also to thank the partners working with AfD towards better education for children and addressing maternal mortality in Afghanistan. 

Comprehensive Health Center - plans for expansion

A Comprehensive Health Center project was launched in 2013 in a district of North Kabul. Since the CHC's opening, the number of patients has been successively growing. In the second half-year of 2016, visits to AfD’s Comprehensive Health Center increased by 35% over the last months. The majority of the CHC patients are women and children. Inspired by the success of its CHC in North-Kabul, AfD is investigating possibilities to open a new health center in another location. We are currently seeking for prospective partners and supporters interested in the expansion of the project that is crucial for the Afghan communities' health and well-being.

Street children school in Kabul - First steps of the initiative

In 2016, Action for Development launched its new project "Street Children Back to School" in order to give hope to the street children in Kabul. The initiative aims to allow children working on Kabul streets to attend a semi-formal school where they can learn the basic literacy and numeracy skills necessary to improving their life in the future. 

The action would not have been possible without generous help and support from AfD's collaborating partners in Switzerland and Afghanistan: Foundation Gertrude Hirzel, Commune de Plan-Les-Ouates, Afghan Ministry of Education, Afghan local foundations and institutions and private donors from (worldwide). Thanks to them, the organization managed to perform the following steps in order to support the reintegration of Kabul's street children:

⦁    10 street children aged between 8 to 13 have been identified and enrolled in the program ;

⦁    The place for the classroom has been identified and rented ;

⦁    Equipment for the room (as chairs, blackboard, notebooks, pencils, pens and coloring pencils) has been ordered ;

⦁    Teaching material is being discussed and work is in progress to prepare the training material.

AfD DOES NOT CONDONE CHILD LABOR but views the empowerment of street children and their families as a necessary step towards eliminating child labor in Kabul.

School for disabled children in Kabul - Continued support

Action for Development continues to focus on strengthening the primary children's rights to education and health, with special regard to disabled and disadvantaged young people. Understanding the growing organisms' needs, AfD raises funds in order to provide Rahyab School in Kabul, where nearly 450 disabled children receive their education, with lunches for its students. Nutrition remains our priority area because the majority of the disabled students are coming from very poor, often large families, whose parents are often unable to feed the whole family.

AfD has the ambition to take action in order to encourage Rahyab teachers and administration to integrate more physical activity into school's routine. This is actually already happening: e.g. Rahyab students enjoy playing football during their breaks between classes. The organization seeks possibilities to improve students' sports/football experience by hiring a professional coach, provisioning in equipment and organizing a sports ground.

Partnerships are the key to success

Finding good partners is the key to success in anything. Action for Development explores opportunities to support the efforts of its team by partnership cooperation with third institutions, in terms of improving its own strategies and getting new development prospects. 

During the last quarter, AfD began a collaboration with Giving Women (Geneva), a network of women involved in philanthropy, who together pool their time, knowledge, professional experience and financial assistance to support projects dedicated to women or founded by women. While cooperating with Giving Women members, AfD is developing its new organizational and fundraising strategies. 

Action for Development became a beneficiary of communication support from GloriaMundi foundation (Geneva). The professionals from GloriaMundi will be working on AfD's communication strategy, logo improvement, web page rebuilding and leaflets/flyers design.

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