STARS have been implemented numerous category of projects like food security, livelihood emergency response, several type of skill trainings and advocacy as well as implementation of several type of constructions projects, from different donors in all regions of Afghanistan.
STARS has the capacity to conduct rapid emergency need assessment, emergency food security assessment, food need assessments and food market accessibility assessment and organizing projects proposals for emergencies responses in overall in Afghanistan (North, South, East, West and central high land area).
STARS has the capacity and could implement any type of projects at overall provinces of Afghanistan. Also STARS has actively obtainable and has been worked successfully in overall regions of Afghanistan.
In 2015 Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS) directly reached to capacitate and trained 9,426 direct, and 56,556 indirect beneficiaries including children and women headed with basic accounting and different skill trainings, child rights and protection and livelihoods interventions.
STARS spent 548,965 USD across four provinces; Ghor, Kunduz, Daikundi, Laghman and Urozgan in 2015 in livelihoods and food security sectors, STARS supported 9426 vulnerable families in 2015 by delivering livestock development/Animal health projects, improved production, marketing protection of livelihoods and farmers Empowerment through agriculture practices and access to market.
Animals’ husbandry trainings, sheep and ration distribution helped a huge number of farmers and animal owners; they were capacitated in animal rearing skills and animal feeding during the project life time. More than 82,480 animals were treated, vaccinated and sprayed against Ecto and Endo parasites in Ghor and Daikundi provinces.
Three cool storages were built in Kunduz province and have capacity of storing agriculture products more than 35,000Kg at the same time.250 kitchen gardens and orchards were established in Kunduz and Ghor provinces. Also three coop offices were built in Kunduz province.
Income of the beneficiaries has been increased through livestock support activities like sheep distribution, dairy production, wool and lambs; income of the direct beneficiaries of livestock projects increased by 20% based on analysis of tracking forms and comparing with the income generated last year. Rate of animals ‘mortality and morbidity has been decreased in the area through vaccination, treatment, training and equipping of Para Vets and Basic Veterinary Workers (BVWs) in the remote targeted areas. Improved health status and nutrition thought encouraging the communities in cultivation of protein/vitamin contained vegetables and plant protection activities.
In education, STARS provided a range of support to formal schools teachers, head masters and principals to provide a better quality learning environment for children. More than 5,000 teachers, head masters and principals attended District Teacher Training Team (DT3) program in Ghor province.
Accelerated-Learning Classes and Community-Based Education classes enabled access to education for children previously not in school or living in rural or remote areas, particularly women in Laghman province, In order to improve the capacity of non-educate women enrolments.
In emergencies, STARS is involved on the strategic emergency response plan with Cord Aid and NCA. STARS is member of Asian Disaster Risk Reduction (ADRRN) since 2009. In March 2014 extreme flood conditions involved STARS in a multi-agency survey in Kabul’s Informal Settlements. STARS is providing DRR awareness to children and women through messages and via cartoons.
Achievements and Lessons Learnt through project activities
Community Base Education (CBE)
District Teacher Training Team (DT3) is a national program covering almost 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
DT3 is District Teacher Training Team, basically it is the name of a project which is funded by World Bank through ministry of Education and implemented in almost 28 provinces of Afghanistan by national and international NGOs. Main objectives of DT3 program are: Implement in-service training of teachers and school principals, Create and expand a training and professional support system for teachers and school principals, Provide follow-on activities which will reinforce what teachers have learned through the training and which will enable teachers to establish functioning teacher networks, Deliver in-school activities which link directly with training, including: instructional modelling, individual teacher coaching and observation, peer observation and support activities, teacher-trainees feedback on utility of training, and classroom visits and feedback sessions and Support school principals in establishing professional development networks. Through this projects funded by World Bank over 1,331,940 USD was the total contract cost for the DT3 project in the reported year.
STARS conducted INSET IV/ INSET V trainings (12 full days) each for 4700 teachers (4150 male and 550 female) teachers and SMTV / SMTVI trainings (8 full days) each for 730 principals and headmasters (679 male and 51 female), 840 teacher learning circles and 155 Principals learning circles were established. Furthermore; 724 schools were supported on teaching of different subjects’ for 15047 hours.
Livelihoods, Agriculture and Livestock
During 2015, STARS implemented four livelihood projects across three provinces to contribute to the aim of providing economic support to vulnerable and poor households in Afghanistan. Based on well performance and lesson learns most of these projects were extended for 2015 as well. Through four projects funded by NCA, CAID and Cord Aid. 548,965 USD was the total contract cost for livelihood projects in 2014 and 2015. 9426 people (6000 +Male & 3426+ Female) were directly benefited from the mentioned programs. During 2014 and 2015 STARS implemented following projects in different conditions.
Promoting Livelihood through Livestock Rearing / Resilient Communities-Livestock Support
STARS implemented following projects in different conditions. Under Resilient Communities- Livestock Support project in 2015 the same villages and districts were targeted. 4510 people (3211 Male and 1299 Female) were benefited through running of animal health clinics, Training of 4 para-Vets in Self Help Groups (SHG) to insure project sustainability and share experience with each other, Conducting trainings on animal husbandry and feeding to build animal owners’ capacity on livestock rearing, Provision of animal husbandry awareness to enhance knowledge on hygienic issues and reduce communicating chance of zoonosis diseases.
Improved Production, Marketing Protection of Livelihood (IPMPL)
Improved production, marketing protection of livelihood project was funded by Christian Aid (CAID).During the project live time 854 people (314 Men & 520 Women) from the targeted villages (Shaikh haye Kasi and Pozallage) in Chaghcharan district of Ghor province were directly benefited through; running of women benefited from vocational training (Tailoring and Valise or KHORJEEN weaving).
Conducting trainings on animal husbandry for 100 women to build animal owners’ capacity on livestock rearing, Provision of animal husbandry awareness to enhance knowledge on hygienic issues and reduce communicating chance of Zoonosis diseases, distribution of 200 sheep (Arabic breed) two per beneficiary and 2000Kg animal ration 100 Kg per beneficiary to economically support the most vulnerable beneficiaries and improve sheep’s local breed, Training of Basic Veterinary Workers (BVWs) and vaccination of animals to decrease the rate of mortality and morbidity in the targeted villages so far in order to empower women to learn the cultivation skills of vitamin Contained vegetables even in a small land resource and search better ways for their living; women were trained in kitchen gardening, tool kits and inputs were distributed. In 2015; the targeted villages were Shikh haye Kasi and Pozallage of the same district during the project life time; 5000 animals were vaccinated for 550 families, 100 women were trained under reflect classes/ animal husbandry training, 200 milky sheep were distributed, 30 women were trained on kitchen gardening, 30 kitchen gardens were established, 4 Basic Veterinary Workers (BVWs) trained, 10 gardens were established, 30 women were trained on tailoring and 30 women were trained on carpet weaving.
Integrated Agriculture and livestock Development Program in Kunduz province (IALDPIK)
Improved agricultural production output and better access to local and regional markets for farmers imam Sahib, Khan Abad, Ali Abad and center the targeted districts of Kunduz Province, Farmer Empowered through implemented of the Agriculture Practices and Access to Market, improved and enhanced the capacity of rural communities by increasing their knowledge and improvement their skills for having higher agriculture products. The project is financially supported by Cord Aid for the duration of 10 months objective set for the reporting period is that the women had direct income, domestic economics are strengthened, households’ food includes micronutrients and families in particular women and children are healthy through increased agriculture productivity in term of yield & income based on the inputs (improved seeds, fertilizer) and new agriculture and hygiene knowledge provision by project side. 250 women have trained on kitchen gardening skill. 250 women have been received agriculture inputs (fertilizer and improve vegetable seed). 250 kitchen gardens have been establish in the targeted locations. 240 farmers have been receive Post-Harvest training during 6 days in the mentioned location. Collecting of 10000$ USD=560000 AFs loan from 2014 supported coops has been collected and submitted to Cord Aid. Three coops offices and three cool storages constructions have been completed. Supporting of 2 existed cools storage and coops offices have been conducted.
Women’s initiatives as social capital for building flourishing communities (WISC)
This project is financially supporting by Cord Aid and EU and the total budget is contracted with STARS 191,060 Euro and the project duration is for three years from 01 Oct 2014 to 30 Sep 2017 the objective are to promote protection of women’s socioeconomic rights through utilizing locally built structures and small challenging fund to support 20 women groups since 3 years, the women group in 1st year 8 group well received 24000 Euro and the 2nd year is the same but in the last year 4 group of women well received 12000 Euro in cash to be established implementation of small mainly agriculture related projects. The project implementing Alishang, Qarghiee and Mehterlam districts of Laghman Province and Tareenkot and Dehrawood districts of Urozgan province the project is designed to 1200 women well received skill training:
1,200 Women from local communities will attend 5 vocational training packages that would contribute to their economic empowerment throughout the 3 years the trained women will be trained as mentors to work in their own communities. Each year 400 women will be targeted within the five districts (2 in Urozgan and 3 in Laghman) for the first two years.