Active in Afghanistan

View from the rooftop of the training centre in Achmad Shah Baba Mina. In the background the mountains of Hindukush that surround the 2400m high plateau of Kabul.

Two associations - One goal


In Afghanistan:

NAZO-Afghanistan (renamed as AFGHAN LUMINOUS SUN - NAZO - Professional Education Center (ALS)

Phone: +93(0)799.301.618
E-Mail: afghan.luminousun(at)


In Germany:

NAZO-Deutschland - Help for afghan women e.V.

Phone: +49(0)2205.2352
E-Mail: info(at) 

The goals of NAZO:

  • self-confidence
  • self-reliance
  • personal responsability

We support women and girls in cities and countryside in the following domains:
  • Job training and career entry
  • Alphabetization and continuing education
  • Sale and creation of jobs
  • Mentoring and communication
  • Stock farming and cultivation of vegetables
  • Initiation of childcare
  • Family sponsorships

By learning a trade, we not only enable women and girls to earn their own money. The benefits are far greater and more sustainable:
We give the women and girls confidence in the future.
In countries like Afghanistan, coping with everyday life is very difficult - thinking and all the senses are focused on surviving this one day - there is no strength left to imagine tomorrow, the day after tomorrow - or even a future.
Therefore, it is our most important goal to give hope to "our" women and girls with our "help for self-help" work - hope to be able to build an independent future in their own country, so that they do not have to starve or become refugees.

Background information

The man - Father, brother, husband and son - even today still decides what a woman can and can not do. This may even result in a life in which the woman is not allowed to leave the house at all: not for shopping, not to see a doctor, not to visit a school to educate herself, and certainly not to take employment.

In court her testimony weights only half of the mans. Two female testimonies make a mans testimony.
Even nowadays in the vast majority of the afghan families, marriages between men and women are still being arranged by their parents, often already in their infancy. Even afghans in exile tend to hold on to that tradition. The illiteracy rate is still one of the highest woldwide, the estimation of the women's rate is around 90%, the one of the men around 80% (Source: Wikipedia 2013). Other sources count merely 8% of the female population who can read and write (Source: Welt in Zahlen, 2013).
The life expectancy of the women in Afghanistan lays around 45 years. The average number of childs per woman is 7. The maternal and childhood mortality rates are among the highest in the world. 30% of the women do not survive their pregnancy or birth. 80% of the afghan children are undernourished.
More than 30 years of war and civil war changed customs and crashed traditions. Hence beside intact families there are also one million widows, who need to eke out a living on their own. Many of them can neither read nor write and did not learn any profession and mostly they are mothers of many children. It is these women and their daughters NAZO wants to help to take matters into they're own hands.

It is hard to estimate what is of greater importance: education oder health. Sima Simar, first minister of women's affairs of afghanistan, states:

"If the afghan people would be better educated they would also be less ill."

If the goals self-conficence, self-reliance and personal responsability are meant to be obtained, the women and girls of Afghanistan must get the chance to learn a trade and to perform their skills. Only if they earn their own money they will able to free themselves and their kids from depending on a mans will.