I am a child too. Afghanistan, Kabul.
Nove Onlus supports the House of Flowers, the only Afghan orphanage to have adopted the Montessori teaching method.
The House of Flowers, founded in 2002 by the NGO MEPO, hosts orphans of various ethnicities who have been victims of war and severe trauma. It offers them a secure and friendly environment and teaches tolerance and peaceful coexistence in one of the most violent countries in the world.
The staff (who are trained in accordance with Montessori principles) use the educational curriculum, games and art for therapeutic purposes to help children to recover their psychological and emotional balance and to cope with the challenges of life as an orphan in Afghanistan. This holistic approach has yielded extraordinary results. Many students of the House of Flowers go on to be among the best in their class, with several completing their studies earlier than scheduled. Some former students now attend college or have found proper jobs. But the most important outcomes are the serenity, joy and self-confidence that so many of these children have attained despite their traumatic beginning to life.
The House of Flowers provides food, clothing, medical care, education, leisure activities, and trained caretakers to over 30 children and adolescents. When the orphanage began to encounter financial difficulties as a result of rising inflation, a drop in donations, and the wider challenges facing the country, Nove Onlus decided to intervene. Since 2012, it has been supporting the House of Flowers by contributing to its operating costs.
Operative partner: Medical, Educational and Peace Organisation (MEPO)
For more details, please contact the project manager, Susanna Fioretti