I am a child too.
Kabul, Afghanistan. Project ongoing.
Since 2012 Nove Onlus has been supporting the House of Flowers, the only Afghan orphanage to have adopted the Montessori teaching method, contributing to the annual costs of food, clothing, medical care, heating, educational material, personnel and any other needs of the approximately 30 minors hosted.
Founded in 2002 by the Medical, Educational and Peace Organization (MEPO) NGO, the House of Flowers has, from the beginning, offered a home to orphans of different ethnic backgrounds, victims of war and serious traumas. The staff, trained in accordance with Montessori principles, taught tolerance and peaceful coexistence in one of the most violent countries in the world; the educational curriculum, the protected and friendly environment, the use of games and art for therapeutic purposes, have helped children to recover their psycho-emotional balance, and to find serenity and self-confidence, despite the traumatic start to their lives.
The continuous price-increases, the decrease in donations for Afghanistan and the general critical situation in the country, have all brought the foster home into serious difficulties. After the lockdown imposed in 2020 by the Afghan Government due to the pandemic, the House of Flowers could unfortunately not be re-opened, and MEPO engaged in an alternative project, which only provides daytime activities.
In 2020 Nove launched a new phase of the project “Human dignity always comes first”, which gives direct support to children in serious need, people with disabilities and particularly disadvantaged families.
One of the first to benefit from this new phase of the project was Hadia. Her mother who was a victim of the massacre that took place in May 2020 in the maternity ward of the MSF hospital in Kabul – managed to hide Hadia, just a newborn. Fortunately, the little girl survived and today she lives with her three brothers and her disabled father, who asked Nove for help.
For more information, please contact the Programme Coordinator.