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Social impact report

Dear Donor, We are delighted to send you an update on the impact of your generous contribution to our field projects. Thanks to caring donors like you, women and girls across the world are benefiting from capacity-building opportunities and are gaining new control over their lives , enabling them to build safe, positive futures for themselves, their families and communities. We hope that the attached report will allow you to put a face to some of the girls and women whose lives you have helped to change. Your support has been, and continues to be, a crucial source of hope. Each of our reports contains all the projects run in a specific country by our field partners. We invite you also to explore the other ongoing projects for this field partner. In order to grow our community and help build brighter futures for more girls and women, we invite you to share this report and/or send one of our free e-cards to your friends, family and colleagues. We’re proud to count you as part of our W4 community. Thank you! With warm wishes, The W4 team

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s o c i a l i m p a c t r e p o r t : E m p o w e r i n g Gi r l s & W o m e n a r o u n d t h e W o r l d

Afghanistan

Period: April 2013 - September 2013

Mountain2Mountain - Total Beneficiaries: 15 kabul

Focus: Education N° Direct Beneficiaries: 15 Girls walk in groups to the Deh Khudaidod girls’ school in Kabul Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Achieve universal primary education

Promote gender equality and empower women

Offer girls in Afghanistan the opportunity of an education Challenge:

In Afghanistan, a combination of factors, ranging from poverty to widespread extremist violence, severely limit educational opportunities for girls and women. In view of the frequent attacks by extremists against girls, girls’ schools and those who defend girls’ access to education, many families live in fear of sending their daughters to school. Even when girls manage to attend school, their attendance rates drop quickly, particularly between the 6th and 9th grades, when they reach puberty and become eligible for marriage.

Girls chatting between lessons at their school in Kabul

As a result, only about one in ten Afghan women is literate. Needless to say, a lack of education and skills renders the life prospects of Afghan girls and women very bleak, with countless girls and women trapped in poverty and exposed to violence. Action:

W4’s field partner in Afghanistan works to defend girls’ right to an education and runs a girls’ school in Kabul. W4 donors enabled the provision of uniforms and school supplies for 15 young girls at the school. Additionally, W4 donor funding has enabled our field partner to further equip classrooms, carry out repairs, and also set up ad hoc classrooms under canvas tents outside the school to compensate for overcrowding. In three shifts a day, local girls bravely come to learn and explore their potential.

Impact • Girls benefit from formal education; • Girls develop critical thinking skills, the ability to understand the social and political issues that affect them and the capacity to express and assert themselves; • Girls are gaining crucial knowledge and skills that will help them to find safe employment as adults.

Girls sit on the floor of their classroom with their notebooks, ready to learn!

THANK YOU! Dear Donor, thank you for contributing to our field programs to protect and empower girls and women.

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Key Terms & Definitions Direct Beneficiaries Direct beneficiaries can be defined as those who participate directly in a project, and thus directly benefit from its existence. Example: The patients who attend a health clinic, or the children who attend a local school would be classified as direct beneficiaries of the clinic or school.

Indirect Beneficiaries Indirect beneficiaries are not participating or directly involved in the project but still benefit from the results of the project. Example: 5 women benefit from a microfinance program to help them create small-scale businesses, enabling them to increase their revenues. Their families will be indirect beneficiaries through the improved quality of life - access to healthcare and education- which will result. Their communities will also benefit indirectly from the development of women’s small-scale income generating activities, through local economic development and change in social practices.

Microfinance “Microfinance provides people excluded from the traditional banking system with access to financial services. The main activity of microfinance is the granting of microcredit to support and develop small-scale economic activities. Microfinance furthermore encompasses microsavings, microinsurance, leasing and migrant remittances.”

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for 2015 form a blueprint, agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions, for meeting the needs of the world’s poorest.

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Achieve universal primary education

Promote gender equality and empower women

Reduce child mortality

1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2: Achieve universal primary education

3: Promote gender equality and empower women

4: Reduce child mortality

Improve maternal health

Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria & other diseases

Ensure environmental sustainability

Develop a global partnership for development

5: Improve maternal health 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7: Ensure environmental sustainability 8: Develop a global partnership for development

Project impact Longer-term effects produced by a development intervention. Impact could be reported in the amount of change in behavior, attitude, skills, knowledge or condition (situation) of program participants.

Women’s Empowerment “The concept of empowerment is related to gender equality but distinct from it. The core of empowerment lies in the ability of a woman to control her own destiny. This implies that to be empowered women must not only have equal capabilities (such as education and health) and equal access to resources and opportunities (such as land and employment), they must also have the agency to use those rights, capabilities, resources and opportunities to make strategic choices and decisions (such as are provided through leadership opportunities and participation in political institutions.) And to exercise agency, women must live without the fear of coercion and violence.”1

1) M  illennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality, 2005, Taking action: achieving gender equality and empowering women.

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For further information or if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact our team at: DONORS@W4.ORG

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