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Tailoring, English and Computer Centre for Afghan Women in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

From May 2016, SAWA -NSW funded English and Computer classes in a village in Khewa District of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Our funding provided computers, teachers and ongoing costs of maintenance, rent, teachers fuel and security.

In 2018 SAWA – NSW paid for the purchase of sewing machines to begin classes in tailoring and dressmaking which proved very popular as these skills enabled the women to make clothing for family and, in some cases, they were able to set up small commercial business.
Many of the women joining these classes are illiterate, so basic literacy is also taught.

Birthing Kits

SAWA – NSW sources birthing kit components from the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia).

The kit payment includes collection and subsequent transportation to countries in need where trusted partners distribute the kits to medical centres and midwives.

From 2012 – 2016 SAWA Australia NSW purchased and packed 1,000 kits each year on the Monday preceding International Women’s Day. Since the purchase price increased from $3 to $5 for each kit, fewer kits have been purchased so that the amount of funding required did not increase.

The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides birthing kits and education in clean birthing practices. It has no religious or political affiliations.

The birthing kit: Each kit comprises 6 basic items for a clean birth: a 1m square of plastic sheeting, 2 gloves, razor blade in wrapper, 3 pieces of cord and 5 squares of gauze. These items are packed tightly into a small bag on the Assembly Day and 100 at a time packed into a cardboard box for transportation.

Photographer: Jenny Templin