Education taught me to solve problems and lead teams. I know I can help other women to be educated and independent.
When I was in elementary school we immigrated to Iran, because of the repressive Taliban government in Afghanistan. The government of Iran didn’t let Afghan children attend school, but some unapproved private schools opened with tuition fees. The only person who helped me was my mother who only had a 4th grade education. During the day my mother was busy caring for five children and the housework, but at night she took on extra sewing projects to pay for my school fees. My mother helped a little girl and now that girl helps other women. I am really thankful for everything my mother did for me. Educated women can change the world.
-Fatima Qattali, Director-Women Education for a Better Tomorrow
Sometimes, that life-changing education may be how to sew, weave rugs, or other practical skills. Over the past year, we have trained 350 women, stuck in the hopelessness of Afghan displaced persons camps, in market-driven vocational skills. Even as they are learning, they are earning money through contracts our partner, Women Education for a Better Tomorrow Organization, negotiate with local businesses and in the markets. We need to train 100 more women in the Minaret Displaced Persons Camp. Through a jointly written grant, the World Food Program provides food vouchers for the women and their families during the program, allowing the women to focus on their training.
For $130 per person, we are able to provide the hope of greater self-sufficiency to these courageous women.