Mariam (second from left, in black) is learning to read at 48. “My husband can’t read, and my son works in a shop with him. But all four of my daughters are school teachers. I want to continue studying and become a teacher like them.”
The women take to the silk worm cultivation with enthusiasm, and keeping them well fed, clean and warm. “We raise the caterpillar as our babies,” says Karima, one of the students. “If we lose them or if they are sick we will be very sad.” She explains how in the bitter cold winter of Badakshan she and her classmates kept the silk worm eggs wrapped under their arm to keep them warm enough to hatch.
In addition the gardening skills necessary for the nursery, women are also learning how to process and preserve the fruits and vegetables from the garden. There are also courses for other marketable skills including beekeeping, cookie baking and tailoring.
“We are reaching our goals with the great support from WFP in Badakhshan,” said Zufenon Hasam Nateq, Director of the local Department of Women’s Affairs in Badakhshan. “WFP is doing, great job to fight hunger, illiteracy and poverty. WFP really has changed our lives,” Zufenon added.
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