HAWCA Peace Building Project in Kabul

Project Name: HAWCA Peace Building Project  
Project Type: 
Project Location: Qala-e-Zaman Khan, District 9 of Kabul City.
Duration of Project:
Donor of Project: Caritas Italy (2005-2008) and partially London fund raising (2007).
Status of Project: Ended and closed.

HAWCA’s peace building project in Qala-e-Zaman Khan, district 9 of Kabul city, is a new initiative which aims to raise awareness among children about their rights; create a safe and healthy environment for children through entertainment such as plays, music etc; and provide them with further help to improve their school lessons. The project started on March 2005 and for the whole year 2005 was running smoothly. There are 200 children (70 girls and 130 boys) aged between 7 and 14 who attend primary schools that are relatively far away from their area. After school they attend peace building classes where they do different activities. The staff of these projects are trained on providing peace education, lessons on conflict resolution, and work on the Universal Deceleration of Children’s Rights. By using local material and entertaining programs, they managed to change the project into a popular centre for children in the area, who are all very enthusiastic to attend their classes.

The local community is very supportive towards this project as it was their request that HAWCA continue this initiative for children to have a safe environment to study, play and, learn many important issues related to their future.

On April 2007, students celebrated students had a function in the center to celebrate Human Rights day. Two journalists from Italy had also joined in this function, which helped to have good coverage report. During the function, students raised the placards asking for the immediate release of Afghan journalist, Ajmal Naqshbandi, one of the placards was the carrying the slogan: Afghan's Life = Italian's Life.

During month of July 2007, students of the center along the help of their teachers had arranged another function celebrating the Independence Day of Afghanistan. In this function students read poems and essays; sang songs and had plays, all having the same theme of Independence Day.

In the month of September, HOPE worldwide Afghanistan had arranged a training course by the help of HAWCA in the name of "Find Your Voice". In this training the trainees were learned how to have self-confidence and good communication skills. Teachers of Peace Building Project had also attended the training. This helped them to teach their students in a better way and pass their learning from this training to their students.