Questionnaire for the selected photo (VST KABUL)
Projects location: Kabul Province, PD10
Project Type: Vocational Skills Training – VST-CBT
Projects No: AF01-0106
Date of the photo taken: 03/11/2018
Name of photographer: Rozha Hayat
Name and age of the recipients/beneficiaries – description of those seen in photos
Brief narrative of why they are in the spot:
Mrs. Shabnam is resident of Char-qalai wazir abad, behind Aria Complex and is originally from Kunduz province of Afghanistan. She was admitted to the programme (carpet weaving) on 6th of August 2018 by the survey team of Female Rehabilitation and Development Organization (FRDO). She has six daughters and one son. She is belong to a very poor family. Her husband was became disable in a car accident in Jalalabad province of Afghanistan. Before joing the the carpet weaving programme, she had a lot of economic issues and challenges. Mrs. Shabnam was jobless, and her husband is disabled and is not able to work and support his family, Mrs. Shabnam supported her family by borrowing money from neighbors and relatives and hardly supported her family members by working out door. Now, that she is admitted in the carpet weaving skill she is very happy from the support of UN-WFP. The food she receives helps her to feed her children for as long as the programme exists and after that she will start her own business of carpet weaving once she completes the programme.
Ration they are getting (if beneficiaries)
Mrs. Shabnam receives 2500 Afs food commodities per month from World Food program (UN-WFP) and had received her one months ration.
How long they have to commute to the distribution centre and when (ever week/month)?
She coomutes to the distribution sites for 30 minutes and within one day she receives her food commodities from selected shops in PD10 of Kabul province.
Who picks up the food, is it delegated to someone on his/her behalf and why?
No, She pick up the food commodities by her own and mostly her daughters help her to pick up the food and deliver them to her house.
Do they feel safe at the distribution site?
Yes, as the shops are inside the city, and during the distribution of food commodities, FRDO and UN-WFP staff are in the spot, thus, they feel safe at the distribution sites.
How much do they pay for the transportation?
When she visited the identified shops to receive her ration, she had paid 40 Afs for the transportation of the food commodities from shop to her house.
How is the food assistance utilized?
“By getting the wheat flour I cook bread to my children daily, and by getting the beans, oil and other basic needs I can serve and support my children. All the food assistance is utilized by the member of my family.” Said Mrs. Shabnam.
Is the entire package of food consumed by all in the house?
Yes, as they live together in one house therefore, all the entire package is consumed by all of her family members.
How long the one time ration lasts for (in days – twenty days, thirty days..?)
During the interview process, she had stated that the one time ration lasts for almost 20 days in month.
Are they satisfied with WFP project and food Assistance?
Yes, “The UN-WFP project opened a door to make my future brighter then ever. Currently, the food assistance which I receive from UN-WFP on monthly basis, helps me a lot to feed my children and attend the carpet weaving classes regulary and focus more on my learnings.” Said Mrs. Shabnam. The project it self helps her to gain knowledge of carpet weaving professionally and by using the carpet weaving skill she can earn money through working in carpet weaving factories as a trainer or run her own business in the future, this will help her to support her family and improve their living condition.
How did her family benefit from the WFP projects?
“My family consumes the food aid which is provided by the UN-WFP office and besides that, I will teach my daughters what ever I learn in the classes.” Said Mrs. Shabnam. Also, through the income which she earns in the future, she can support her daughters to attend school and get good education and have improved living condition.
How the food aid and the proposed project contribute to the improvement of the food security of the participant?
As we know that she is the only one in her family who works to provide basic needs of her children. Before attending the carpet weaving classes, her children consumed low protin and unhealthy food commodities and hardly she provided healthy food to her children. Now, that she receives the UN-WFP food aid, her children can have and eat healthy foods and their food security is improved for the time being. It is worth to mention that, by learning the skill she can have job or may run her own business of carpet which will make her able to earn money and have improved food security and good living condition.
Should such assistance continue in future?
Yes, as most of the students (beneficiaries) are too much needy and vulnerable and there is no employment opportunity to women who are illiterate and are also they are responsible to feed their family members, such assistance and programmes will help them a lot to support their family members and learn valuable skills which will make them able to earn money in the future.
Any suggestion to improve the project?
The only suggestion which I have is that, the stakeholders of the programme should design litracy courses to the current beneficiaires and provide them learning opportunities of higher levels of carpet weaving skills as per the specific course outline prepared by the MoLSAMAD. It is to mention that, she had requested UN-WFP office to add more to the quantity of the ration which she receives on monthly basis because the ration which she gets is not enough for her family members and her children consume more then the ration she receives.
Drafted Interviw by: Sohrab Hamrah – FRDO Project Manager 03/11/2018
Translated and developed by: Mohammad Mansoor – FRDO Programme Director 04/11/2018
Photo by: Rozha Hayat – Project carpet weaving trainer 03/11/2018