Empowered Women Empower Women – Women for Women International, Afghanistan

Empowered Women Empower Women – Women for Women International, Afghanistan

EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN – WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, AFGHANISTAN

Even in the most challenging and fragile conflict-areas, women, if they are given the right support, are ready and able to improve their own lives immensely – and lift whole communities out of poverty with them.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Ambassador Women for Women international

Project initiator:

Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International have helped more than 500,000 marginalized women throughout eight countries worldwide obtain the necessary tools to create a way out of poverty and crisis in addition to achieving economic and health stability — thus transforming their communities in a sustainable way.

Women in Afghanistan experience various forms of physical and psychological violence, societal discrimination, forced marriage, sexual abuse and exclusion. Many women have neither access to health care nor to education and therefore no opportunity to exercise their rights.

Women for Women International has been working with marginalized women in Afghanistan for the past 17 years, supporting them to educate themselves, to be able to exercise and defend their rights and thereby gain sufficient decision-making abilities in their families and village communities as well as achieving independence and future prospects.

Branches of the project initiator:

Women for Women international operates in war-torn and conflict affected countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
They also have locally registered affiliate organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Education is important in all aspects of women’s lives, including their personal development and that of the country.

former official in the Nangarhar provincial council

Project description:

The support of the NEUMAYER STIFTUNG will enable the implementation of Women for Women International’s globally successful concept of a one-year holistic social and economic empowerment training course in regions in Afghanistan, which have not been reached until now. This opens up the possibility of reaching an additional 300 marginalized women in Afghanistan who have still not yet had any access to educational programs. During the three years grant period, three groups will each undergo twelve months of integral training with the aim of imparting fundamental skills for securing their livelihoods.
As a reaction to the instable social and political situation within the country, women for women international are currently focussing on providing emergency humanitarian aid. The team continuously supports afghan women countrywide especially in regards to facing their daily challenges such as hunger, cold, violence and the covid-pandemic.

In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.
Mission statement

Project aims:

Women for Women International creates safe places for women and an environment in which health, nutrition and active participation in social decision-making processes can be discussed with trust and confidence. During the 12-month training program, basic knowledge and key core competencies will be imparted. The focus areas are (1) education on critical life-skills, including health, hygiene and nutrition, managing money, rights and decision-making; (2) business-oriented training in numeracy, budgeting and marketing, and a chosen vocation aligned with local markets; (3) resource provision in the form of a monthly cash stipend, savings mechanisms, and referrals to health and legal services. In addition, a network is created in which women support, exchange and encourage each other.

Project location:

Afghanistan

Project start:

2019

Project target group(s):

Marginalized women in Afghanistan

Aim of the funding:

Strong women – strong families. Deliver a package of interventions that targets the barriers to women’s social and economic progress, allows them to measurably improve incomes and make informed decisions to benefit themselves and their families. This three-year project responds to the urgent need for sustainable livelihoods and networks via Women for Women international’s tested and holistic social and economic empowerment programme and asset transfers to help participants further consolidate economic gains.

Type of funding:

Participation in the personnel costs of the trainers and coordinators. The stipends of program participants, training supplies and business kits.

Duration of funding:

Since July 2019

Successes/awards

Awarded with the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, 2006

Contact details of the project initiator:

Women for Women International (DE) gGmbH
Poststrasse 6
20354 Hamburg
Handelsregister HRB 153306
Telefon: +44 (0)20 7922 7765
E-Mail: kontakt@womenforwomen.org
www.womenforwomeninternational.de

Growing old with dignity – Satu Mare, Romania

Growing old with dignity – Satu Mare, Romania

GROWING OLD WITH DIGNITY – SATU MARE, ROMANIA

Project initiator:

Diözesancaritas Satu Mare and Caritasverband Witten

Caritas operates many different facilities in Romania for elderly people in need of help. The problems of Romania’s aging society are caused by the high rate of emigration in recent years. Elderly people in Romania used to be looked after almost exclusively by their families and people around them, so there was no need for an adequate care infrastructure.
Nowadays old people’s relatives often live thousands of kilometres away, resulting in a large number of people living alone, with a variety of age-related issues.

Over 40 percent of Romanians currently live below the poverty line. Conditions for people in rural areas are shocking: The average age in most villages is just under 60 years and pensioners – mostly former „collective farm“ pensioners – have an average pension income of 12 to 15 Euros per month. Medical care is appalling. No money is available for old people.

Project description:

The facilities are structured in a three-tier model: The first tier provides support for seniors who are relatively healthy and still lead an active life. Clubs for seniors provide meeting places and counteract isolation, while soup kitchens help with the difficult financial situation.

In the second tier, a day centre is dedicated to helping older people who require constant care and support from their families.

The third tier consists of centres for home care in the diocese of Satu Mare that try to make life easier for people suffering from chronic illnesses and who require special care.

Pain reminds us that we are alive, but love reminds us why.

Mission statement

Project aims:

Caritas facilities aim to maintain essential structures for elderly people that help to preserve their physical and cognitive abilities, encourage social contact (including with their own family) and ideally enable them to remain in their own home.

Project location:

Satu Mare, Romania

Project start:

2019

Project target group(s):

The facilities for elderly people are aimed at people aged 60 and over, and their relatives, in Satu Mare, Romania.

Aim of the funding:

To support people who are living in poverty and social dependence. To preserve essential services and structures even after discontinuation of state funding for social institutions, and to create long-term commitment to these services and structures among trained specialists.

Type of funding:

Staffing costs, non-financial support if required

Duration of funding:

Since 2019

Contact details of the project initiator:

Diözesancaritas Satu Mare
Lükö Bela
440061 Satu Mare
Telephone: +40 (0)261 710464
Email: caritas_satumare@yahoo.com
www.caritas-satumare.ro

KIFA – Romania

KIFA – Romania

KIFA ROMANIA IN THE „HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP“, DON BOSCO IN ROMANIA

Project initiator:

Asociatia Organizatia Caritas a Diecezei (Diözesancaritas Satu Mare)

The childcare centres of Diözesancaritas Satu Mare look after children from socially vulnerable Romanian, Hungarian and Roma families, some of whom have grown up in poverty. Most of them live in run-down areas of the city of Satu Mare, Romania. Child poverty doesn’t just mean that material needs aren’t met. It’s an all-encompassing phenomenon that affects the whole of the child’s personal development and influences the rest of their life.

The KIFA Romania project aims to prevent poverty from having these negative consequences. The „KIFA“ concept has already been successful in Germany. „KIFA“ stands for „Kinder- und Familienbildung“ [education for children and families], and is an operational project that NEUMAYER STIFTUNG has been running since 2008. It is now being established in Satu Mare. Implementation of the project in Romania is based on professionals from Romania work-shadowing at KIFA in Germany.

Project description:

Trained teachers make sure that children in the Romanian facility learn and internalise all of the rules that will enable them to integrate fully into society. They start with basic hygiene and cover everything up to social norms. This opens up doors for the future. Families benefit from financial and non-financial assistance that prevents children from having to leave education early.

Courses and joint recreational opportunities involve parents in the educational work and encourage them to play an active part. This helps to develop parenting skills and also gives parents insights into society that lead to new opportunities and improved integration. Parents are given guidance to improve their parenting skills and test out ways in which they can change their behaviour to be positive role models for their children.

Children need good role models. We support early education and development opportunities for children, regardless of their nationality and social background.

We focus on involving parents in raising children and families and in building communities, with the aim of improving their parenting skills and boosting their self-confidence.

Mission statement

Project aims:

To give parents support with everyday tasks and to improve their independence, in order to create a positive attitude about their children attending kindergarten or school. This supports the role of the parents and there is a high probability that it will lead to children remaining in public education institutions for longer.

The parents’ sense of responsibility increases, their problem-solving skills improve in cases of illness, problems with education and with regard to family resources. Last but not least, the project aims to increase interest in books, education and cultural offers and therefore to promote equal opportunities.

Project location:

Satu Mare, Carei / Romania

Project start:

2015

Project target group(s):

Roma families from Satu Mare and the local population of the district where the children live. (Parents who have received training act as role models for parental behaviour for everybody in the local communities).

Aim of the funding:

The main aim of the funding is sustainable implementation of the successful KIFA concept in the partner institutions in Romania. Qualification of mentors, assistants and educational specialists within the Caritas Academia must be guaranteed. This forms the basis of long-term and sustainable financing through local institutions, as there is no state funding for these types of projects.

Type of funding:

Process support by the KIFA team. The implementation in Romania benefits from previous experiences of KIFA implementation in Germany and is based on the KIFA concept that has been developed. Support for the costs of implementing the courses for parents. Creation of Romanian-language materials for the courses for parents, based on the German KIFA documents.

Duration of funding:

Since 2015

Contact details of the project initiator:

Asociatia Organizatia Caritas a Diecezei
P- ţa Libertăţii nr. 20
440014 Satu Mare
Telephone: +40 (0)261 717245
Email: caritas_satumare@yahoo.com
www.caritas-satumare.ro

Lehr:werkstatt

Lehr:werkstatt

LEHR:WERKSTATT

Project initiator:

Tübingen School of Education

Tübingen School of Education is a cross-faculty, scientific institution that coordinates, organises and realizes studying, teaching and research activities relating to teacher education at the University of Tübingen. The training topics are grouped into and covered in six fields: studying and teaching, inclusion & diversity, professionalism, research and support of young people.

Lehr:werkstatt [Teaching Workshop] is an alternative form of internship for student teachers on the Bachelor of Education course.

Project description:

Instead of the three-week work placement, students („Lehr:werker“) who take part in the Teaching Workshop work in tandem with a mentoring teacher („Lehr:mentor“), and have the opportunity to shape and experience everyday life in school throughout the entire academic year. Students get the chance to put themselves and their teaching skills to the test in various forms of tandem teaching. The tandems are put together in a matching process and receive support for their cooperation.

Research – Relevance – Responsibility
Mission Statement

Project aims:

To strengthen team spirit in the staffroom and to introduce new methods such as „team teaching“. This gives students the opportunity to work together intensively with experienced teachers and gives them a deeper insight into the work of a teacher and their everyday life. Students can become familiar with school structures and issues from a teacher’s point of view, throughout the school year. Future teachers are given the opportunity to gain teaching experience and slowly find their way into the role of teacher. Two “teachers” per class enable more individual support for pupils. („More people per pupil“)

Project location:

Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg

Project start:

2016

Project target group(s):

Student teachers studying for a Bachelor of Education (teaching post at a grammar school) and teachers

Aim of the funding:

Improved quality of teaching and a better staffing ratio aims to facilitate more individual and sophisticated support for pupils. Future teachers should feel supported and have the opportunity to gain realistic practical experience early on. An exchange on an equal footing can bring in new ideas for everyday teaching. („More teamwork in the school“)

Type of funding:

Assumption of accompanying costs for students and mentoring teachers, realization of workshops, support with the matching process

Duration of funding:

Since 2017; annually

Contact details of the project initiator:

Tübingen School of Education
Wilhemstraße 31
72074 Tübingen
Telephone: +49 (0)7071 2975667
Email: info@tuese.uni-tuebingen.de
www.uni-tuebingen.de/einrichtungen/zentrale-einrichtungen/tuebingen-school-of-education-tuese/tuese/

Living space for children

Living space for children

LIVING SPACE FOR CHILDREN

Project initiator:

a.l.s.o. Schwäbisch Gmünd e. V.

For over 30 years, the social enterprise a.l.s.o. e.V. has been offering people in Schwäbisch Gmünd and the Ostwürttemberg region new perspectives and developing solutions to improve living situations and realise positive prospects and opportunities.

Project description:

Single parents and families in precarious living situations often live in flats with small and unfavourably cut rooms and unhealthy housing conditions. They also rarely have the financial means to carry out necessary repairs.

Numerous studies, such as the World Vision Children’s Study and the Bertelsmann Study Children’s Worlds+, prove the connection between the risk of poverty or concrete poverty, as well as inadequate housing and disadvantages in child development. The project of the a.l.s.o. Schäbisch Gmünd e. V. aims to improve problematic and unhealthy housing situations in the city and region.

Children at risk of poverty live cramped and unhealthy lives. We can change that.

Mission statement

Project aims:

To improve the housing situation according to the needs of (single) parents and their children.

Project location:

Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg

Project start:

December 2020

Project target group(s):

(Single) parents and their children who are connected to the supporting association through further assistance measures.

Aim of the funding:

With the support of NEUMAYER STIFTUNG, the housing situation is to be designed and improved according to the needs of the (single) parents and their children.

Type of funding:

Improvement of the housing situation in three housing units.

Duration of funding:

Beginning of December 2020 – end of May 2021

Contact details of the project initiator:

a.l.s.o. Schwäbisch Gmünd e.V.
Goethestraße 65
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
Email: info@alsogmuend.de
www.alsogmuend.de