Foreign aid to Nangarhar women declines
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Officials of the women’s affairs department said on Tuesday aid from foreign organisations had decreased considerably to the women folk in eastern Nangarhar province.
Though assistance from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) diminished this year, some women established their own small factories to feed their families.
Anisa Imrani, the women affairs director, told Pajhwok Afghan News the NGOs helping improve women’s capacity had slashed aid by up to 50 percent this year.
Foreign NGOs offered short-term aid and projects to improve women’s living conditions but everything had ceased this year, she informed.
Several projects in the past had helped provide work opportunities for a number of women, she said, adding that most of women had got vocational training and were earning reasonable money to meet daily expenses.
Zia Gul, another official at the women’s affairs department, said the ratio of assistance from NGOs in 2013 was much high but it fell in 2014. NGOs had stopped aid in 2014, he said, adding: “We have provided women with different kinds of training and they are now doing practical work.”
Some aid agencies had assured to extend financial assistance in 2014 by revising their policies and priorities, he added.
Rubina, a resident of Behsud district who got vocational training, told Pajhwok Afghan News she had now been able to share the financial burden of her husband. “If women are provided with sustained vocational training and better work opportunities, they will stand on their own feet.”
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