Rubia has been selected as a recipient of Dining for Women’s new 3-year Sustaining Program Grant. Rubia is thrilled with this vote of confidence in its “Threads of Change” empowerment program.
This pioneering grant rewards successful programs that Dining for Women (DFW) has featured in the past. In November, 2010, DfW chapters contributed more money to Rubia than any other featured monthly program. According to Jennifer Moyen-Logan of DfW’s program team, the sustaining grants target “programs that our membership has found compelling and where our donations make a huge impact.”
Dining for Women’s first grant to Rubia enabled over 700 illiterate women to graduate from its innovative training program in Nangrahar and Farah provinces. The Threads of Change curriculum combines civic education, health and hygiene, and income generation through the sale of embroidery. Each woman receives a booklet with a set of illustrations, each bearing a different message. They learn to embroider lessons highlighting critically important issues, such as hand washing, breast-feeding, immunization, and literacy for girls and women. They may be gaining access for the first time to basic information that seclusion and illiteracy have blocked from their lives. This integrated approach empowers women to apply their knowledge of health, hygiene and civics to the benefit of their families. Furthermore, mothers and sisters who develop basic literacy are more likely to be treated with dignity.
The new grant enables Threads of Change to transform the lives of 500 more women. Rubia’s implementing partner, Humanitarian Organization for Local Development (HOLD), will scale up the training in Farah province where only 8% of women are literate. Significantly, men will also participate in awareness raising sessions on the benefits for the whole community of women learning about health, education and human rights.
Dining for Women is a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. See diningforwomen.org