ASSHO Afghanistan a Partner in Peace and Development
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society
Conflict devastates human life and societies. Transition from war to peace possess great challenges. Since 2015, Afghanistan Solidarity for Social & Humanity Organization (ASSHO) a leading non-profit organisation(NGO) is working with local, international and government affiliations that enhances the capacities of community-based organizations(CBOs) by providing conflict sensitive development and humanitarian relief in a country that is ravaged by a brutal civil war.
This month the Founding Chairman for (ASSHO), Mr. Hidayat Jan sat down for an exclusive interview with The Diplomatic Society Global Editor, Srimal Fernando to speak about the positive role played by ASSHO Afghanistan in shaping the social lives of people in the country. Mr Hidayat Jan said “Ending the conflict and peace building in Afghanistan is necessary for sustainable development. The transition from war to peace is a complex process. We need to build capacities to provide conflict sensitive development and humanitarian relief to the people of our country. ASSHO plays a critical role in that country's conflict resolution had increased its outreach to all the Provinces of Afghanistan through our large network of volunteers. We have strong roots in the community and are working as an umbrella organization for a number of Community Organizations (COs), Interest Groups and Civil Society Organizations”.
ASSHO was initially focused more on livelihood, Health, Education, Disaster Management and on Women Empowerment, each playing its own role in making the world a more livable, and sustainable place. Today, ASSHO is more focused on grassroots level peace building and has the responsibility to restore education in the country. ASSHO Afghanistan is a civil society agent working for changes in preventing war and building Peace in Afghanistan.
Pictured (l-r) Go-to-school Campaign Mr Abdul Saboor Jabarzai, Mr. Hidayat Jan, Chairman ASSHO Afghanistan and Srimal Fernando, The Diplomatic Society
The “Go-to-school Campaign” campaign was a large-scale education and advocacy awareness program that helped many children go to school again. Mr Jan said, “some of the schools in the regions did not have basic facilities. Our 'Go-to-school Campaign' creates awareness among the masses. Because of our awareness program the school enrolment is increasing in many areas of Afghanistan. We have provided computer education, vocational education, free tuition through centres, providing uniforms and books to deserving children.”
One of the objectives of ASSHO is to develop a mechanism to set up effective Gender Development Forum at district level in Afghanistan. Mr. Hidayat Jan believes through such Gender Development Forums at district level will increase women participation and enhance rights of women in Afghanistan. Education and capacity building of youth are of primary importance in the providing of a long term strategy to eradicate poverty.
Proven models or ideas modified for the Afghan context empowers, educates, and inspire youth and communities. “Recognizing the urgent need to create decent work for young people and giving access for young people into policy making bodies at national level are fundamental elements of youth empowerment that we are looking forward as organisation to work on “ said Mr. Hidayat Jan. One of the foremost goals is to work with various stakeholders and partner organisations to provide support to the disaster stricken areas and undertake relief operations in a disaster situation. It does so by participating in a wide spectrum of health-related activities during humanitarian emergencies and in well-planned and comprehensive programs of health in general.
Pictured (l-r) Vocational Training for Afghan women Youth Empowerment; Youth Empowerment; and Health Programme
Assho’s head office is located in Wali Plaza in the city of Khost in eastern part of Afghanistan. As the organization expands from north to south and national and volunteer staff increase, challenges in resource mobilization and access to funding are being experienced. The website www.assho.org has further information on the peace and development work of the NGO.
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