Literacy Center in Jalalabad

Project Name: Literacy Center    
Project Type: 
Project Location: Jalalabad, Ningerhar.
Duration of Project:
Donor of Project: ASDHA
Status of Project: Ended and closed

In Nangarhar province, HAWCA splited HAWCA’s literacy center into two parts to respond to local needs and requirements: the Literacy Center that was located at the centre of Jalalabad city and two home-based classes which were located in Behsood, a district 13 kilometres far from Jalalabad city. In total the number of students in both programs were 200. The two home-based classes in Behsood benefited from community contribution as HAWCA was not paying rent for the classrooms.

In the Jalalabad literacy centre, the students were residents of the area, mostly a poor neighborhood of the city. Interestingly, the Hindu minorities in this neighborhood live very close by and thus the HAWCA team in the area encouraged them to send their daughters to the literacy centre. It was one of the first initiatives by an NGO in the area to integrate Hindu minorities into the projects which benefited the local community. The literacy centre staff encouraged the rest of the students to exhibit good behavior and attitudes towards the girls from Hindu minorities. Harassment of Hindus in Afghanistan’s recent years has been a grave concern. As result, approximately 30 girls at the literacy center were Hindus.
In Behsood District, the main source of household income is agriculture, with mostly men and boys are involved with agricultural activities, while women and girls are engaged with domestic work and animal husbandry. In general the community in the area has been relatively supportive, while some girls have had to attend the classes without the permission of their fathers.