British Council Afghanistan launched DOSTI project in September 2015.
DOSTI means ‘friendship’ in Dari, Urdo and Hindi. This project engages disempowered young boys and girls in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in order to build trust, reduce conflict and create safer, stronger and more respectful communities through sports and life skills education. It focuses on conflict resolution and peace building.
It was first initiated in Karachi Pakistan and then adopted for other above mentioned countries in August 2015 as a six month pilot project.
British Council Afghanistan is running DOSTI project in Kabul with Aschiana, our implementing partner. Aschiana has 21 years experience of working with street working children and communities.
In this project, 60 street working children (age 12-17) including 20 girls registered with Aschiana to receive training in social wellbeing and as well as football. Two Aschiana youth workers and two Premier Skills coaches deliver the education and football sessions.
“I have seen lots of positive changes in the children’s attitude and behaviours, now they know about the importance of health and hygiene and apply what they learn in their personal lives and also they pass positive messages to their friends and family members. They are aware of the harms of drugs and prevent themselves and people around them from being drug addicted.” Wahidullah DOSTI youth worker.
“Children are now so enthusiastic about playing football that they come to the centre for practicing two to three times more than their agreed schedule. DOSTI football team is now taking part in Afghan Football Federation under 12 tournaments”, Ferozan Tajali DOSTI coach.