After almost three decades of war and an oppressive regime, Afghanistan remains extremely poor and highly dependent on foreign aid. Girls and women continue to suffer the most. Because girls were denied education under the Taliban regime, the female literacy rate is 4% to 14%. Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world — on average one Afghan mother dies in childbirth every half-hour.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with Afghans4Tomorrow, a non-profit, non-political organization, to rebuild the health care system and empower young women through education and skills training. Click here to see the PBS special about Afghan women’s education programs, featuring Afghans4Tomorrow.
Promoting Health and Fighting Disease
- Episcopal Relief & Development is providing financial and staff support to the Sheik Yassin Health post, which is the only medical facility in the Chak district. It will serve 2000 residents and provide 24-hour medical services.
- The organization will also support a district hospital in an extremely dangerous and medically underserved area. A female surgeon provides much-needed OB/GYN care.
Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities
· At the A4T1 Girls School in an impoverished suburb of Kabul, vocational training provides girls with skills and opportunities to earn an income. An intensive study program allows the girls to gain admission into secondary schools by successfully completing the curriculum established by the Ministry of Education.