STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
At the Afghanistan Solidarity for Social & Humanity Organization (ASSHO), we hold an unwavering commitment to sustainability across all aspects of our operations. Our dedication to sustainable practices is at the heart of our organizational ethos, and we pledge to uphold the principles outlined in the UN Sustainable Procurement Framework. As we embark on projects that empower women, foster economic growth, and promote community well-being, we stand firm in our resolve to make a positive and lasting impact on our environment, society, and economy.
We recognize the urgent need to protect our planet and its resources. Our projects are designed with environmental consciousness, aiming to minimize pollution, reduce waste, and conserve energy. Through thoughtful choices in sourcing materials, adopting energy-efficient technologies, and adhering to environmental regulations, we contribute to the preservation of our natural ecosystems and the mitigation of climate change.
ASSHO is committed to ensuring social justice, equality, and inclusivity. Our projects are vehicles for promoting human rights, gender equality, and diversity. By fostering safe and respectful working environments, empowering marginalized communities, and championing gender parity, we actively contribute to a society where everyone’s rights and voices are upheld.
We believe that true sustainability encompasses economic viability. Our commitment extends to supporting local economies and small businesses, thereby stimulating economic growth within communities. By engaging local enterprises and considering whole life cycle costing, we create a positive economic ripple effect that enriches livelihoods and builds resilient communities.
EVIDENCE OF PROGRESS
Our commitment to sustainability is not just a declaration; it is substantiated by tangible results. We have achieved milestones such as reducing carbon emissions, facilitating skill development in women entrepreneurs, and creating employment opportunities for local residents. Through collaboration with suppliers who share our values and adherence to ethical practices, we uphold sustainability in our supply chain.
Our dedication to sustainability is an ongoing journey. We embrace the responsibility to continuously learn, innovate, and evolve our practices. Regular evaluations, impact assessments, and stakeholder feedback ensure that our commitment remains steadfast and effective in generating positive change.
INCLUSIVITY IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
Recognizing the rich cultural context of Afghanistan, we integrate our commitment to sustainability with cultural sensitivity. Our practices respect religious practices, social norms, and local traditions, ensuring that our initiatives align with the values of the communities we serve. As ASSHO, we pledge to integrate sustainability into every facet of our work, creating a legacy of positive impact that extends beyond the duration of our projects. Our approach is not just about fulfilling requirements; it’s about embodying a vision for a brighter, more equitable, and sustainable future. We welcome partnerships, collaboration, and collective action that share in our commitment to a better world for all.
Organization will not, under any circumstances, condone or tolerate conduct, which may constitute sexual harassment on the part of its management, supervisors of non-management personnel. It is our policy that all employees have the right in an environment free from any type of illegal discrimination, including sexual harassment. Any employee found to have engaged in such conduct will be subject to immediate discipline up to and including discharge.
Sexual harassment is defined as:
Making submission to unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors a term or condition of employment;
Basing an employment decision on submission or rejection by an employee of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature;
Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment or atmosphere either by
- Verbal actions, including calling employees by terms of endearment; using vulgar, kidding of demeaning language; or Physical conduct, which interferes with an employee’s work
- We, at ASSHO Afghanistan, do encourage healthy fraternization among its employees; however, employees, especially management and supervisory employees, must be sensitive to acts of conduct, which may be considered offensive by fellow employees and must refrain from engaging in such
- It is also expressly prohibited for an employee to retaliate against employees who bring sexual harassment charges or assist in investigating charges. Retaliation of a violation of this policy and may result in discipline, up to and including
No employee will be discriminated against, or discharged, because of bringing or assisting in the investigation of a complaint of sexual harassment.
Within this short span of time and with its limited resources, ASSHO Afghanistan has played a vital role in education sector. The cabinet members, who belong to the same area, are familiar with the basic needs and psychology of the inhabitants of the region, and are consequently motivating them to achieve the objects of ASSHO Afghanistan among which education is top priority. ASSHO Afghanistan is striving for mass awareness, establishing schools, vocational centers, establishing literacy, computer & free tuition centers, provision of uniforms & books to poor & deserving children. ASSHO Afghanistan is also committed to provide scholarship for brilliant position holders studying in professional colleges/universities i.e., Medical, Engineering, MBAs and MCs etc.
ASSHO Afghanistan will organize Go-to-school sessions at different parts of Afghanistan with a basic theme to create awareness among the masses about the importance and significance of education for a progressive and appraised communal life. The campaign is concentrated to engage youth, male and female community members, educationists and other personal from various walks of life to disseminate information and sensitize masses thus to realize objectives of Go-to-School Campaign.
NON- FORMAL SCHOOLS
Access to basic education and achievement of primary education are the most important objectives of the Spread Education Project. Education is a vital prerequisite for combating poverty, protecting children from hazardous and exploitative labor and exploitation, promoting human rights and democracy, empowering women, protecting the environment and influencing population growth.
Agriculture is the life line of the people of rural areas of Afghanistan and a pillar to the national economy. Small landholders, who make up majority of farmers, practice agriculture mainly at the subsistence level, characterized by the underutilization of land and the prevalence of risk- averse behaviors such as the cultivation of low input crops. Poverty is another contributing factor playing a pivotal role in lowering agricultural productivity. For example, many households use farmyard manure as fuel for cooking, instead of using it to fertilize soil. Water is also a serious concern, not only in terms of scarcity in general but also because of inefficient use in areas where it is available which leads to low production.
Sartorial Mission is to promote reproductive health services through awareness and advocacy, through building and strengthening partnerships between public, private and NGOs sectors, and through provision of technical assistance, focusing on men and women of all ages (especially marginalized groups)
Due to lack of education & poverty people of the area live a miserable standard of life. Diseases are caused due to poor standard of life like Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, blood deficiency etc. are common to be alarming limit. There is no concept of maternal care & most of women either prey of childbirth or handicapped during maternal carelessness.
In order to overcome the situation ASSHO Afghanistan is committed to organize Medical Team with mobile laboratory & radiology & cardiology facilities.
GENDER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
ASSHO Afghanistan will establish a Gender Development Forum at District level in Afghanistan with an aim to empower women so that they can fully participate and take full
benefits from the available facilities and opportunities. The Gender Development Forum will be a flashlight on the chronicle issues regarding Gender discrimination at family, society and regional level. It will be helping the participants to understand the primary gender myths and perceptions created in the socio-cultural framework of Afghan society. Organizing orientation and discussion sessions with community folks especially women to build a network for effective information sharing of gender activities at district level. These sessions will focus at Definition of Gender Development. Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Equality and Gender Forum Networking.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
ASSHO Afghanistan is striving to recover the local communities from the psychosocial trauma, prevailing due to uncertain and violent situation across Afghanistan. In this course the organization time to time will organize various social development activities, gatherings, literary meetings and debate competition etc, so that the community should have a platform where they can utilize their capacities in constructive development.
In order to expose youth to the global challenges it has always been aimed to provide them a healthy atmosphere and such a platform where they can discuss the domestic problems and find their solutions. The said methodology has always been proven very successful and effective as youth talent always get explored and polished. ASSHO Afghanistan believes in developing such atmosphere will automatically bring a paradigm shift where youth will be more constructive, healthy and educated. For the reason the organization will establish Non-Formal Schools to educate the youth & bring awareness to the level where they can take part in educational activities as well as sports and games. For the purpose to create and develop a healthy atmosphere the ASSHO Afghanistan will organize different sporting events and tournaments. Due to the uncertain security situation youth of Afghanistan in general is facing psycho-social trauma. In this regard these tournaments and Non-Formal Schools for youth are means that are very successful in rejoicing and interacting the youth with encouragement and social development.
On general welfare side ASSHO Afghanistan will work in the following areas:
- Construction (bricks flooring) of
- Digging and installation of Hand pumps to provide clean drinking
- Arranged seminars regarding awareness of plant
- To prevent soil form
- There should be no contamination of ground water that may enter springs or
- There should be no contamination of surface
- Excreta should not be accessible to flies or
- Provision of toilet
- There should be freedom from odors or unsightly
- The method used should be simple inexpensive in
- Provision of proper drainage
Key International Days for ASSHO Afghanistan
- World Population
- World AIDS
- International Day for Eradication of Violence against
- World Health
- International Antinarcotics
- International Human Rights
- Interfaith Harmony Awareness workshops,
- Walks for awareness on deferent National and International
ASSHO Afghanistan while struggling for bringing a positive change in the vulnerable target communities focuses on sustainability of each intervention and project. The
Projects and interventions are designed in such a way that participation of local community in ensured, the participation of community brings ownership to each activity they are carrying out. During the program design the team is more concerned about sustainable outputs, Community need, Quality of deliverable and Ownership for the target beneficiaries.
To meet the day-to-day changes in the external environment and to achieve organizational goals effectively and efficiently ASSHO Afghanistan updates its resource planning on need basis. As resources are scarce and the availability of these resources at the right time right place ASSHO Afghanistan adopts a proactive and identifies the resources before they are needed to mobilize. Though ASSHO Afghanistan has limited resources due to certain strategies the organization is capable for meeting the organizational goals timely.
The present pools of resources are categorized in the following manner:
ASSHO Afghanistan has established a network of consultants. A network and team of like- minded professionals who are providing their technical expertise on need basis. The consultants from various sectors strategies, action plans and provide with the best of recommendation to the existing project implementation plans. The consultants are providing their inputs in livelihood, Agriculture, Community development and other sectors. The main focus of this network is to strengthen the share of all the stakeholders in the process. The network conducts its regular meetings on monthly basis and provides its feedback to the organization on the activities carried out by the ASSHO Afghanistan.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
The organization has established a Community Development Network, a Network of community social workers working together for development of Afghanistan. The network pools its resources on need basis and strives to uplift the living standard of the inhabitants of Afghanistan.
ASSHO Afghanistan believes in strong partnership in the development of the vulnerable communities by all the stakeholders. For the purpose the organization has established strong linkages with communities, Government organizations, NGOs, National and Multinational Donors/Organizations.
The organization is a member of different networks and alliances that are working for the same cause. Strongly networked with other organization ASSHO Afghanistan in close collaboration with government and other international agencies provide its technical and financial support to uplift the living standard to its maximum. ASSHO Afghanistan has established strong linkages for the purpose with organizations in which noteworthy are
- Pakistan International Human Rights Organization (PIHRO)
- Ministry of Economics (Afghanistan)
- Ministry of Justice (Afghanistan)
- Ministry of Education (Afghanistan)
- Ministry of Health (Afghanistan)
- Ministry of Agriculture (Afghanistan)
- Ministry of Human Rights (Afghanistan)
- Khyber Welfare Society (KWS)
- Passionate Youth Development Organization (PYDO)