Rebuild the lives of young people in Afghanistan

by Afghan Action

About the project


GBP 3000 Raised £3,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Afghanistan. A byword for corruption, poverty, drugs, war... The average lifespan is 43. One in four die before they’re 5. With 60% of the population under 25, the real priorities are good jobs, honest businesses, and fair markets. Afghan Action believes that effective local economic development is the best way to overcome poverty and conflict and create a just and peaceful future.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
• Population 30 million – 60% under 25 • Most families have 6 or 7 children or more • Religion: almost entirely Muslim • Sunni 80%, Shia 19%, other 1% • Average lifespan 43 years • Up to 75% of the population live in poverty on less than $1/day • Chronic malnutrition affects 54% of children under 5 • Nearly 80% work in agriculture • Unemployment – 35% • On a UN scale of human development indicators, Afghanistan has slipped from 117th in the world, to 181st - second from the bottom - since the Taliban were ousted 9 years ago
What is your solution?
At Afghan Action's factory/training school, trainees need support and investment in forming businesses after their initial training. They can make: • Carpets - where possible made to orders, with 50% deposit up front (to enable cash flow). • Clothes and uniforms for markets in Afghanistan. • Kite kits for UK schools and others. We aim to create a network of Training & Business Incubation Centres around the country, helping young people acquire skills and develop their own enterprises.
How will you deliver this?
All trainees will undertake a 12 month programme in our Training & Business Incubation centre in Kabul – or elsewhere as we open new sites - to acquire and develop vocational skills (weaving, sewing etc) and, if needed, learn to read and write in Dari. When they are ready, they will also learn English and ICT. All will take part in business skills training and will be introduced to appropriate support (including micro-finance) during their 12 months’ training. We work with them to open up markets for their products in Afghanistan and the West.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Check our website and respond – join our mailing list
  • 5 minutes
    Forward to friends and family – look at the events we run and the work we do with schools – as well as checking out our carpets
  • 15 minutes
    Blog about us
  • 30 minutes
    Check our website and buy carpets and other stock/products/areas of interest
  • A few hours
    Attend events and become involved, get local school/faith group/business etc involved
  • Regular time commitment
    Volunteer – become an “advocate” for Afghan Action.. in the office, going out to meet people, promoting the work, and getting involved in cooking, kite-making, workshops...

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Theresa Burton 23 August 2011 - 17:45

Hello Afghan Action fans and supporters! Buzzbnk has extended the fundraising period by 30 days for this well deserved and much needed project. The fundraising is coming together but they need a bit more time - do help spread the words so that they can reach their £3,000 target.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The future of the world depends on co-operation between different countries and peoples. Our vision is for a prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan, a strong and equal partner with other nations. Our mission is to support local economic development through our factory and training school - “Let’s change tomorrow by working together today”.

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Our track record

We have trained over 400 young men and women (aged 14+) since 2005. Before the economic downturn we directly employed 174 people. We had to cut back but are now rebuilding and have 60 people on site acquiring weaving skills and learning to read and write. We are diversifying into clothing and kites and we are also developing an ICT project.

Who do we help?

Young Afghan men and women benefit from our training and education programmes in Kabul – and now the opportunity to create their own businesses. In the UK, we work with Afghan groups and run a national awareness raising programme (working with schools, faith groups, businesses, media)

How do we deliver this?

• Factory/training school in Kabul making carpets, clothes and other products • ICT programme to introduce "virtual" systems into Afghanistan • Capacity building and networking with Afghan groups in UK • Schools programmes - curriculum development, teacher exchanges etc • Awareness raising programme with faith groups, businesses and the media