Organization Experiences

TESTO has continuously built its capacity in project management and worked towards improving the quality of services it delivers. TESTO was able to continuously increase the size of its projects, the coverage areas, and the quality and diversity of its services. One of the important achievements of the organization is that TESTO has become a reliable partner of its donors, and of the government in the delivery area of its services. Also, TESTO has developed an effective working relationship with the line ministries (Economic, Women Affairs, Social Affairs, Education, Cultural and Information and Rural Development), and the target population because of its progressive work to improve the quality of services, and its cooperation with all stakeholders towards the common good. However, the important part of TESTO’s achievements lies in the changes it has brought to the lives of the population TESTO has worked with. TESTO has valuable achievements in the field of Agricultural, literacy training, vocational training, civic education, peacebuilding, women’s rights, and awareness, and health/ hygiene awareness. Below are the achievements of each sector in detail.

  • Shelter & Emergency Aid
  • Education Program
  • Vocational Training Program
  • Peace Building & Civic Education
  • Health/ Hygiene Awareness
  • Women’s Rights & Gender Balance
  • Agricultural (Livestock) Program


Shelter of Emergency Eid

Over a thousand people have died, and over 3 million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of extreme flooding which has destroyed homes, crops, livelihoods, and key infrastructure in different provinces of Afghanistan. TESTO is currently providing emergency healthcare services to those in need in the country.

We are also conducting needs assessments in coordination with other humanitarian actors and the government in the region to determine other ways we can support those affected. Priority needs include food, potable water, temporary shelter, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and protection services. TESTO is committed to supporting the communities we work with through this intensely difficult period.


Education Program

Education is instrumental in promoting women’s status and eliminating harmful cultural practices and illiteracy impedes women to acquire knowledge on matters related to their empowerment.  Moreover, their meager knowledge makes them vulnerable and puts them at risk and problems. Experience has proved that a lower level of education amongst women is clearly correlated to a higher rate of fertility and maternal and infant mortality. To impart access to education for Afghan males and females TESTO has implemented the following.

  • Literacy and Numeracy Training for 240 Males and Female prisoners at Mazar-e-Sharif prison, Bulkh Province-Afghanistan. The project is funded by UNODC
  • Recently TESTO has been awarded vocational training (tinsmith) and literacy training for 40 males in Qarabagh district of Ghazin province from SIKA East.
  • Recently TESTO has been awarded vocational training (Auto mechanic) and literacy training for 20 males in Andar district of Ghazin province from SIKA East.
  • TESTO implemented four projects joint with vocational training in 2012-2014.


Vocational Training Program

TESTO is an expert organization in implementing different kinds of vocational training programs. TESTO believes that vocational training can be the best intervention in order to enable vulnerable groups, such as women-headed families, orphans, widows, disabled, and IDPs, for sustaining and securing their livelihood. TESTO has experience in implementing different vocational training programs including, carpet weaving, Embroidery, Food Process, Bag making, Tailoring, tinsmith, etc. in this regard, TESTO’s experience is summarized as follows.

  • TESTO has implemented a vocational training (carpet weaving) program for male and female prisoners at Mazar-e-Sharif male and female prison in Balkh province person. The project is funded by UNODC during which 30 male and female prisoners have been trained on carpet weaving.
  • During the year 2014 TESTO implemented Vocational Training for Youth (Auto Machine Repairing) project in Nawor District of Ghazni province, the project was funded by Polish Team (PRT-Ghazni) and during the project 20 beneficiaries were trained and received training tool kits on Auto Mechanic Repairing.
  • In 2013 TESTO implemented Vocational Training for men Carpentry project for 20 youth in Nawoor District of Ghazni Province. The project was funded by PRT. During the project, 20 beneficiaries received training and tool kits on Carpentry.
  • In 2013 TESTO implemented the Vocational Training for men Tinsmith project for 20 youth in Nawoor District of Ghazni Province. The project was funded by Polish Team (PRT-Ghazni). During the project, 20 beneficiaries received training and tool kits on Tinsmith.
  • TESTO has implemented Candle Making Project for Ghazni Women in 2012. The project was also funded by PRT. During the project, 80 female beneficiaries were trained.


Peace Building and Civic Education:

TESTO believes that Civic education is essential in a democratic state on one hand to aware people of their rights and claims for it and on the other hand to make the related authorities to be more accountable. In addition, Afghanistan is affected by decades of war which resulted in different types of conflict at all levels of society, so there is a need for awareness raising in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. In the mentioned aspect, TESTO has done the following.

  • In 2015 TESTO implemented Women Empowerment and Youth Activism program in Nengarhar province. The project was funded by Counterpart. During the project 600 female was trained in advocacy, management and leadership, gender, and M&E. Also 24 female networks were established during the project lifespan.
  • In 2015 TESTO implemented financial management project, in Kabul and Nengarhar provinces, funded by Creative under the AWDP program. During the project, 280 youth (74 female and 206 male) were trained, and out of this number 64 youth were placed in proper jobs.
  • Civic Education with Focus on Electoral Participation in (Ghazni, Paktika, Paktiya, and Khost Province during 2013-1014. The project was funded by AWN, during which 4000 females got election cards, 960 females trained on Civic Education, and in four Campaigns more than 600 females participated, and in the first and second rounds of observation 212 female observers and public male and female awareness raised in electoral participation.
  • Support for Local Government in Uruzgan Province (SLGU) was another project implemented by TESTO in 2013. The project was funded by GIZ/Aus AID, during which 300 people from different directorates of Uruzgan Province wore trained.
  • TESTO implemented Civic Education Training for Government and Civil Society Organizations in 2013. The project was implemented in Kabul plus 24 provinces. The project was funded by DACAAR, during which a total of 50 male and female DACAAR and Government officials were trained.


Health/ hygiene awareness

Under this component, TESTO has implemented programs for raising awareness of the community for good hygiene practices and thereby contributed to the reduction of diseases. In addition, TESTO has implemented projects for the reduction of addiction and narcotics in the target area as follows.

    • Capacity Building of Healthcare System was implemented during 2013-1014 in Ghazni Province. The project was funded by PRT-Ghazni and during the project, 5050 people from Ghazni hospital and private doctors wore trained on Hepatitis A, B, and C.
    • TESTO implemented Advocating unemployment and drug addiction control project in 2013 in Kabul province. The project was funded by ACSFO/CPI/USAID and during the project 840 male and female school students and community members were trained on Advocating unemployment and drug addiction control topics.
    • Ambassador Small Grant Health Education Soft Drinking Water Project was implemented by TESTO in Ghazni province during 2011-2012. The project was funded by US Embassy. During the project, 300 poor families were trained on soft drinking water and health hygiene topics.


Women’s Rights and Gender Balance

TESTO as a women lead organization, since 2010. TESTO has implemented the One Billion Rising (Women’s Rights Issues Program on 14th February every year) and 8th March (Women’s Day) program both programs are implemented in the women’s Affairs Directorate of Ghazni, Nuristan, Kunar, Paktiya, Paktika, Khost, Uruzgan and Kabul Provinces. The aim of the program is awareness rising about women’s rights and gender. TESTO believes in gender equity in all organizations and project affairs.  TESTO has female staff within the organization structure, either at the senior or medal management level. In addition, in every project gender balance is also considered. That is why women especially the vulnerable ones are the main target group of TESTO, that in each project special focus is given to this group.


Agricultural (Livestock) Program:

Our organization’s objective is to develop the agricultural, educational, and economic conditions of Afghan women, men, and youth in accordance with Afghanistan’s constitution with special consideration given to the most vulnerable people in the society. TESTO came into existence and started to improve and look after the welfare of Afghan people in different provinces.  Since then TESTO has been successful in bringing significant changes in the life of vulnerable Afghan people in the country with its limited resources.  TESTO has implemented a large number of poultry projects in many provinces of Afghanistan. TESTO is an active member of the 13 Afghan NGO Networks, and 5 Ministries of Afghanistan. To impart access to education for Afghan males and females TESTO has implemented the following.

  • Over 3,500 village women were comprehensively trained, provided with quality poultry production inputs, and organized into the Poultry Producer Groups for sustainability funded by PRT Ghazni Province of Afghanistan.
  • Developing village poultry production systems in the different districts of Ghazni Province. Trained over 2,500 village women in better and improved systems of village poultry production, provided them with quality inputs, and organized them in village groups and value chain activities for sustainability.
  • Influenza disease awareness project in 8 districts of Ghazni Province Funded by PRT-Ghazni in 2011.
  • Goat rearing project, 160 widows and poor women responsible for the family survival living in the Villages of Ghazni Province were trained and provided with goats. Funded by PRT Ghazni in 2011
  • Honey Beekeeping income generation project for improvement of Livelihood and increasing of orchard productivity, funded by PRT Ghazni in 2012.
  • Support poultry farming for 2000 vulnerable families through the provision of pullets in Ghazni Province, funded by PRT, 2012.
  • Consultancy Services for Poultry Component of Horticulture and Livestock Funded by PRT, 2013.
  • Poultry Production and Honey Bee Keeping Projects for 240 families in Dehyak, Qara bagh, Khwaja Omari, Malistan, and Jaghatoo Districts of Ghazni Province funded by PRT 2013 and 2014.
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