I am a child, too.

Kabul, Afghanistan, 2012 – ongoing.

Since 2012 Nove Onlus has been supporting the House of Flowers, the only Afghan orphanage to have adopted the Montessori teaching method

The House of Flowers, founded in 2002 by the Medical, Educational and Peace Organization (MEPO) NGO, hosted orphans of various ethnicities in a secure and friendly environment. In one of the most violent countries in the world, the orphanage has been teaching tolerance and peaceful coexistence. 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 cope with the challenges of life. This holistic approach has yielded extraordinary results. Many students from the House of Flowers were among the best in their class, with several completing their studies earlier than scheduled. Some former students attended college or 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 beginnings.

Nove Onlus has been supporting the House of Flowers since 2012, by contributing to cover food, clothes, medical care, heating, educational material and personnel costs as well as any other of the 30 guests’ needs.

However, the continuous price increase, the decrease in donations for Afghanistan and the general critical situation in the country, have all brought the orphanage to its knees. After the lockdown imposed by the Afghan Government, the House of Flowers could not be re-opened, and, in September 2020, MEPO engaged in an alternative project – day center for children.

Nove Onlus decided to independently carry on with the project ‘I’m a child, too’ by supporting Afghan children in need, especially orphans with physical and mental disabilities. All the children included in the project will be assisted and monitored directly by Nove Onlus team in Kabul.

One of the first children benefitting from this new phase of the project is baby Hadia. Her mother is a victim of the May 12, 2020 massacre at the maternity ward in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi hospital. Before being shot by assailants, she hid newborn Hadia under the bed, covered with a blanket. Luckily the baby was found alive and now she lives with her father and 3 siblings, surrounded by their love. Hadia’s disabled father needs Nove Onlus’ help in order to provide his children with a dignified life.

For more details, please contact the Project Manager.

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