NEGEEN: An Initiative to Support Poor Women Economically
Negeen: An Initiative to Support Poor Women Economically
Project: Community Library and Literacy Classes
Canadian Donor Support: $9,000
Originally established as HPWO (Help Poor Women Organization), Negeen is a non-profit organization registered with the government of Afghanistan and is certified to conduct operations throughout the country. Negeen is a name for a baby girl which means signet or gem. The organization is comprised of an innovative, energized and dynamic group of women with creative skills. Their mandate is to aid impoverished or disabled women and girls through income generation and education. Negeen began by providing handicraft training and product marketing and has increased services to provide training of trainers; workshops in health, literacy, and human rights. Negeen has certified 2,800 (2009) trainees in different initiatives.
CW4WAfghan has provided funding for communication needs of the organization including establishing a website and marketing materials (2008) and to create a public library for the benefit of all women and girls (2009). In addition to establishing a small community library, this project will provide literacy instruction for 20 new trainees. From their project proposal "The library will promote the development of a culture of reading, and provide information resources and a calm environment for study. The literacy classes run for 6 months, six days per week in two shifts morning and afternoon, with 10 women per shift."
CW4WAfghan imports many of their beautiful products including exquisite jewelry. Negeen uses semi-precious stones indigenous to Afghanistan. Certain colours only come from certain provinces, and combined together, there are dozens of different, distinctly bright colours used in traditional stonework jewelry, as well as for other handicrafts like small boxes, carved animals and even colourful stone maps of Afghanistan. Negeen' s jewelry is handmade by Afghan women in Kabul, who polish and bead the stones, creating the unique patterns and designs themselves. For pictures of samples of the jewellry, please download pdf file here.