The dreams of Morning Flower

Community Mobilization and Community Based Rehabilitation project in Rasht helped a young girl to fullfill her dreams.

Madina Khakimova
Sahargul sewing
UNICEF Tajikistan/ 2019/ M. Saymuddinzoda
12 December 2019

Sahargul, whose name is translated  as “morning flower” had a dream. She wanted to learn embroidery and become a dressmaker. This year, she gained her power and finally made it.

Sahargul posing
UNICEF Tajikistan/ 2019/ M. Khakimova
Sahargul 17 y.o girl from Rasht district, Tajikistan.

 "I always wanted to go to school and be like other girls. I always wanted to learn reading and writing..."

Sahargul

Sahargul is 17 y.o girl with disability who lives in Kochon village, Navdi jamoat of Rasht district. She lives with her father, step-mother and step-sister. Sahargul never attended school full-time. She visited school only twice. First time at the age of 15 y.o in order to learn an alphabet, but when school year started she had to quit. Second time she  went to the neighbor village school, but it took 2 hours to walk. Sahargul always wanted to go to school just like other girls and to be able to read and write. But she had to stay at home.

As she didn't go out a lot, the only thing that made her busy was knitting. She also wanted to learn embroidery and become a dressmaker. But when she asked people refused to help. Sahargul was very disappointed and she gave up on trying to learn what she wanted.
 

Sahargul posing
UNICEF Tajikistan/ 2019/ M. Khakimova
Sahargul (on the left) with her step-sister.

In March 2019 she was offered to join the Community Mobilization and Community Based Rehabilitation project in Rasht that started one month earlier. This project is funded by United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) and implemented by Branch of the German Caritas Association in Tajikistan in partnership with Public Organization “Gharm Support Center”. The project aims at providing children with disabilities with Community-Based Rehabilitation home-based services; increasing the level of awareness among community institutions, organizations and individuals on disability, and enhancing active participation of persons with disabilities, with a focus on women, youth and children with disabilities and their families in the community. 

Since she joined the project, Sahargul with the help of the community rehabilitation worker learnt to read and write, embroidery and canning skills. She also improved her walking. 

Sahargul
UNICEF Tajikistan/ 2019/ M. Saymuddinzoda
Sahargul reading with the project community worker
Sahargul posing
UNICEF Tajikistan/ 2019/ M. Khakimova
Sahargul showing her improved posture with her step-sister.

Lately Sahargul was invited to attend the event dedicated to the day of Persons with Disabilities and participated in the Inclusive Camp organized within the framework of the project.

“When I saw basketball players and girls dancing on wheelchairs, I got so inspired.”

Months after Sahargul joined the project, she had changed. Closed, shy and sad girl is now talking with confidence and has a light in her eyes. She joyfully tells about what she learnt and achieved. She also wrote her own biography in a notebook. She underlined that soon she will learn dressmaking as well.

“I want to become a dressmaker. And I believe that I will!” says Sahargul, 17 y.o girl with big aspirations to become a dress designer.