Life is harsh for Afghan working children, especially during sub-zero winters. Most have only thin cotton clothing and face incredible hardships during the frigid winter months.
One young girl who couldn’t work outside for two days because of the cold was forced to go without food at home for those two days. Going to school in unheated classrooms is impossible. Despite these conditions, children are still expected to work outside during the winter to provide for themselves and their families.
What could we do to help as many Afghans as possible? The Sweater Project was born. Here’s how it works:
ZAANHA purchases yarn at the local bazaar in Kabul thus giving business to the shopkeeper, which allows him to pay his rent and support his family. The yarn is given to women and girls who are without jobs and know how to knit. The women are able to work out of their homes. A woman can knit 4-5 sweaters a month.
The sweaters are taken to internally displaced persons camps where they are distributed to children there.
And it is not only the child who benefits — A US $20 donation for one sweater impacts the lives of approximately 30 Afghan people.
Buy a Sweater
All it take is $25