• BAAG member Hand in Hand Afghanistan retools for coronavirus, appeals for help

BAAG member Hand in Hand Afghanistan retools for coronavirus, appeals for help

14 May 2020

by Hand in Hand International

BAAG member organisation Hand in Hand Afghanistan specialises in livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment. But when a government lockdown caused the suspension of its programmes on 30 March, local staff weren’t ready to give up.

 Drawing on its network of thousands of members living in hard-to-reach areas, close relationships with local officials, and a senior management team with decades of humanitarian experience, the organisation quickly retooled to join the coronavirus emergency response. Now, it’s on track to deliver soap, chlorine solution, face masks and virus prevention training to 10,000 families in Herat, Balkh and Parwan Provinces.

 “We consider it our duty to inform people about methods of prevention. We can save lives,” says Hand in Hand trainer Zahra, who swapped teaching members to run their own microenterprises with teaching them to wash their hands for 20 seconds.

 Nazanen, a 31-year-old from Herat city who received a hygiene kit and training, said: “When you have access to hygiene items such as soap and materials to disinfect your house with, you feel mentally comfortable. And we hope that by practicing the learnings from the training and keeping ourselves clean we are safe from Covid-19.”

 With outreach in Herat and Parwan provinces concluded, Hand in Hand Afghanistan is shifting its focus to IDP camps and communities in Balkh Province – and it’s looking for additional partners and funding to help prolong the project as long as it can.

 To learn more about the project, or to discuss how your organisation might be able to help, please contact Hand in Hand Programme Development Manager Isabel Creixell.