Enhancing the abilities of young people in Afghanistan

14 January 2016

  • NGO: World Vision Australia
  • Sector: Disability
  • Country: Afghanistan

Masoma, 17, has congenital hearing and speech problems. Because of her disability, she could not go to school and was instead responsible for caring for her sisters and brothers and helping her mother at home. In 2014-15, she participated in embroidery training through World Vision’s Youth Economic Livelihoods and Literacy (YELL) Badghis project, in Afghanistan, supported by the Australian Government, through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Masoma has now graduated and has many orders from her relatives and neighbours for embroidery.

When Shafiqa, a project officer with World Vision met Aziza, Masoma’s mother, they agreed that Masoma would be an excellent candidate. “She is a very smart girl,” says Shafiqa. “She learnt very fast and over time became friends with her classmates. 

Today, Masoma isn’t only responsible for taking care of her sisters and brothers; she is also an independent young woman who can help support her family financially. “She bought clothes and shoes for herself from her first income and from her second income, she bought clothes and shoes for her family,” Shafiqa confirmed.  

Thanks to the Australian Government, young people in Afghanistan’s Badghis Province are gaining access to vocational training. The skills they are gaining make them more resilient to the impacts of poverty, and help them cope with increasing financial hardship by reducing their dependence on agriculture as a sole source of income.

In Afghanistan, World Vision is working with provincial authorities, training centres and local leaders and businesses to provide literacy and vocational training to young people.  The project is also supporting women to become literacy teachers.

In 2014-15 through the ANCP, Australian aid supported 13 NGOs to deliver 56 projects in 24 countries focusing on disability.

Lady working on embroidery
Masoma, a graduate of vocational training works on her embroidery. Credit: Narges Ghafary / World Vision Afghanistan
Last Updated: 14 January 2016