Community Development

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LaBBS (Literacy and Basic Business Skills)

LaBBS is a one year course for women to equip them to start their own small local businesses. The LaBBS program goal is to enable illiterate and semi-literate women to develop their hidden talents through training in business and literacy skills.

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New Life

New Life is Morning Star's addiction recovery program. Today, there are 1.6 million addicts living in cities across Afghanistan and another 3 million struggling for survival in the countryside. New Life is serving those in this desperate need.

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Sitara

Sitara (meaning star), an Afghan handicraft business, was started with the hope that the women doing the embroidery would one day become rays of hope, shining like bright stars in their homes and communities. These handmade items are a product of women, often widows, who do not have any other way to make money. Producing and selling Afghan handicrafts gives them a sense of accomplishment and self-worth in a country where most women do not even know that they have value and are loved.

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Education

Morning Star's Tangi Saidan Community Center offers educational classes to school-aged children.

In Mazar, Morning Star has a program which offers ESL classes to young emerging leaders.

“I am so happy my children will have it better than I did when I was their age. Many thanks to Morning Star!”

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Birth Life Saving Skills (BLiSS)

BLiSS is a community-based health education program covering basic health, pregnancy, birth, new-born care and family planning. The course is taught to both men and women, and aims to raise community awareness of maternal-child health issues, and to significantly reduce high rates of maternal and neo-natal mortality.

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Tangi Saidan Community Center

Morning Star's Tangi Saidan Community Center is designed to bring vital services and empowerment to rural villages in the area.

The services offered at our Community Centers typically include:

  • Primary health care clinic
  • Birthing center
  • Ambulance service
  • Computer center
  • Internet access
  • Computer classes
  • English classes
  • Math classes
  • Community health education
  • Library
  • Recreational programs
  • Agricultural demonstration
  • Business development services
  • Clean water resources
  • Local FM radio station

The Tangi Saidan Community Center serves approximately 50 surrounding villages. A representative from the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has endorsed the Community Center model and challenged Morning Star to build 1,000 Centers around the country. All Community Center activities are coordinated with a group of village elders called a Shura.

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Relief efforts

Winter in the high mountain villages of Afghanistan can be very tough. Forced from their homes by deep snows and cold temperatures, many families have no option but to come to the refugee camps in Kabul. The government provides few services to these camps, and the people suffer greatly from malnutrition and hypothermia. Survival in these camps is tough, especially for the very young and the very old. During the 2010/2011 winter Morning Star received an entire cargo plane load of winter clothes and other items valued at over $3 million for distribution in Afghanistan.

While not a relief agency, each year Morning Star provides logistical support for partner agencies desiring to bring relief services to Afghan families. Through these partnerships a warm quilt and a large bag of food staples is provided to families in desperate need of assistance.