The Bakery Project
The living conditions
in Afghanistan outside of the large cities are quite primitive
because of the widespread destruction caused by the 25 years of
is no infrastructure such as electricity, running water, or natural gas
nor is there any type of education system. This is the case in Parwan
where one of the orphanages that ARYA supports in located. ARYA’s
literacy programs are ongoing in Parwan at this time and the demand for
is great. The widows of Parwan requested that ARYA build a bakery so that
the time they previously spent collecting wood, lighting the fire for the
oven and baking bread could be instead spent attending literacy classes
and caring for their children. ARYA is proud to announce that this request
The land for the bakery was
donated by one of the villagers and the money needed for the building
was supplied by
ARYA. We donated $700.00
Youth and Children’s
Development Program, our implementing volunteer partner in Afghanistan which
they used to pay salaries for Afghan villagers to build the structure and
to purchase the building materials and the wood-fired oven for baking.
weeks time, the bakery project was completed and is now already in operation.
The project is self-sustaining in that one person
is responsible for baking the dough that the village women bring.
The small amount of money
baking service is divided equally to pay the baker while the other half
is given to support the Parwan orphanage. In addition, flour donated
by the province
or the villagers is used by the baker to make fresh bread for the orphanage
both morning and evening, without cost to them.
This type of project not
only provides much needed job opportunities, but also helps to
provide a sense of hope and self-determination to the villagers
especially the widows who wish to attend ARYA’s literacy classes.