Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA)

HAWCA was established to encourage the active participation of women in reconstruction, development, and peace in Afghanistan.

Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) was established in 1999 to encourage the active participation of women in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. HAWCA is dedicated to working for the social well-being of all people, with a particular focus on women and children who live in Afghanistan or in refugee communities in Pakistan.

HAWCA focuses on numerous activities to achieve its vision, such as providing free literacy education for women, providing free legal aid services to women victims of violence, promoting human rights and building the capacity of Afghan human right defenders, providing children of war-affected areas with education on peace and tolerance, lobbying for women's rights and human rights through the legal framework of the country and international conventions on women's rights, and providing emergency assistance for victims affected by natural or man-made disasters.

The new peace building centre for the new generation is established in 2012 in the area of Ahmad Shah baba Meena of Kabul city. The people in this area are mostly from the southern provinces of Afghanistan and due to lake of security and continuous fighting between the government and the anti-government forces they have come here to settle and have a peaceful life.  This centre provides peace building education to 335 students per year. The students mostly belong to the poor section of the community. These children are mostly working on the street scavenging in the garbage, selling plastics and chewing gums or working at cheap prices in the shops. The centre provides a safe and happy environment so that while they are here they could enjoy their stay and learn a peaceful way of life. The same project has been implemented in the provinces of Herat, Parwan, Nooristan and Samanagan in the past years.


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