Help WAW Respond to COVID-19
You Can Help Thousands Survive This Crisis
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is working hard to respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The women, children, and families we serve in Afghanistan and New York have been hit hard. They need our support to survive this crisis.
In Afghanistan, WAW remains a sanctuary to thousands of women and children who have nowhere else to turn. They are survivors of violence without a safe home. WAW's centers and programs remain open and we continue to take in new cases.
Your support will enable us to continue to provide safe shelter and protections to the women and children living under our care during the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic that is now sweeping across Afghanistan. You can help us get the essential materials and equipment we need to protect them and our staff.
To learn more about WAW's extensive services in Afghanistan, please visit our website at this link.
PROJECT UPDATE: July 13, 2020
Thanks to our supporters, all of our 32 women's and children's centers and programs in Afghanistan remain open and available to the thousands who rely on our services everyday. While we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan and the many challenges that it brings to our programs, clients, participants, and staff, we are grateful for supporters like you who have provided us with the resources to ensure everyone is safe at WAW.
1. WAW now provides awareness sessions, trainings, and daily briefings for all staff and clients. This includes information about COVID-19, how to prevent infection, and the proper use of sanitizers, masks, and other protective gear. Participants of all our programs outside the centers are also provided with these awareness sessions.
2. We were able to quickly develop a protocol on COVID-19, following guidelines from local and international health officials. This is followed in all of our centers. Posters and flyers on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic are also displayed and distributed in all of our 32 women's and children's centers in Afghanistan.
3. We now provide hygiene/disinfection kits to all participants of WAW's human rights training programs (most of whom are underserved) to help them and their families better protect themselves against COVID-19.
4. In addition, we are now able to disinfect and clean all of our centers constantly, and we now have special quarantine rooms in every center where all newly enrolled clients must stay for two weeks to ensure the health of everyone in the centers. Non-touch thermometers are used at our Family Guidance Centers, which are open to the public, to check clients, staff, and other visitors for symptoms of COVID-19.
5. Our Women's Protection Center clients increased production of homemade masks to help slow down the COVID-19 outbreak in Afghanistan. Any proceeds from these masks go directly to the women.
6. All meal menus at our centers have been reviewed and updated to ensure increased portions of vegetables and other foods that can help strengthen immunity.
7. We continue to maintain close coordination with the Ministry of Public Health to ensure WAW remains updated and in compliance with all recommended preventive measures related to COVID-19.
8. We are also maintaining close coordination with the local police, local community leaders, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to make sure we respond to any new cases of domestic violence, gender-based violence, and any other emergency cases.
9. Finally, we have close working relationships with hospitals to follow-up on the progress of individuals who may have been infected by COVID-19 and who WAW referred to these clinics/hospitals.
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