Afghanistan

SCA Grants Fund to Civil Society Organizations

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Abdul Ghani Amin, April 12, 2011

Eight Afghan civil society organizations will receive 340.000 Afs each to support their work. Among them is a project for goat raising and milk production in Laghman and a wool spinning project for women in Balkh. The other projects are located in Bamiyan, Ghazni, Nengarhar and Baghlan.

  • It is a good thing that all the projects are reaching out to the rural population. I am convinced that the future of Afghanistan not primarily will be decided in Kabul, but in the rural areas, says Anders Fange, Country Director for SCA.

Bente Brandt, head of SCA’s Civil Society Unit, says that the main aim for providing these funds is to develop their own capacity and to be an active part of the civil society. The organizations will get additional training from The Swedish Committee in order to improve their skills in implementing the projects.

  • We certainly hope that the organizations will feel that they have grown after this, says Bente Brandt.

The grant winners were happy for receiving the funds and think that it is going to be useful for the community. Muhsin Ayoubi, head of Tolo Services and Culture Organization, running a project of wool spinning for women in Balkh says that with help of this fund, his organization can make a notable change in the effectiveness of its work.

-Before we used to send our wool to the neighboring countries for processing, due to the lack of necessary machinery and capacity. With this fund we will be able to process the wool ourselves and will get string with a high quality, he said.

Another grant winner is Hussain Sadaqat, head of Afghan Vulnerable and Disabled Society. He says that although the fund is too small, it still improves the financial situation of people with disabilities.

-Using this small project funds we provide some livestock to the people with disabilities. Using and selling the dairy products can help them to improve their financial situation.

The signing of the projects took place at a ceremony at The Swedish Committee’s main office in Kabul. The projects are supposed to be implemented within three to eight months.