We are Grateful to be a Catalyst for Change

 

Sozo International takes its name from the Greek ‘sozo’…meaning ‘to make well, to heal, to rescue from danger; to rescue from the edge’. And that is what our holistic model of programming provides. Sozo International comes alongside Afghans to address the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. We seek to address the root of the problem and understand how issues in one’s life are connected, rather than just addressing the symptoms. We believe this approach empowers and offers freedom, dignity and hope. We see success when an individual, their family and their community have the choice and ability to seek a better life for themselves…and we are grateful to be a catalyst for change.

 

This is a glimpse of Sozo's impact in Afghanistan. Our outreach begins with building relationships with Sozo School children and their families:

Through Education: We seek to meet practical needs. Sozo supports educational initiatives that strengthen communities suffering from a lack of educational opportunity, inadequate facilities, and low levels of literacy. Our educational priorities focus on school support. Education gives children hope that dreams can come true and a new Afghanistan is on the horizon

Through Health Care: We seek to meet physical needs. Sozo works to implement health care solutions for communities in some of the poorest and most medically underserved areas. By focusing not only on treatment, but on education about health and hygiene, and prevention of disease, Sozo wants to help people help themselves to stay healthy.

Through Economic Initiatives: We come alongside adults and families to meet their practical needs. Sozo supports small business startups that create economic activity in communities that are lacking and offers training programs to empower adults in their own education and employment. Sozo also provides jobs for nationals who want to assist in relief and development efforts in their own country. Adults learning skills with dignity and hope.

 

Through Family Outreach: Sozo’s Family Outreach Program is where we seek to meet the emotional needs of those we serve. At the core of the Family Outreach Program are home visits, where Sozo staff members visit the families of our grade school students in their home. During these home visits, staff members have conversations with the family about their needs, their challenges, and any skills we might be able to connect with employment opportunities. Our staff learns the family history and challenges that might prevent their students from continuing to attend school. Family needs are assessed and every month, 10 food packages are distributed to families in the most dire situations. Students with special health concerns can also be referred to the school’s doctor or to a specialist for further care.

 

Meeting the physical, emotional and practical needs in one’s life opens the door for building trusting relationships. Relationships of trust will give us an opportunity to come alongside some of the world’s most forgotten, mutually working towards a better Afghanistan together.

 

So Why Does a ‘‘Coats and Boots Fundraiser’’ Matter?

As we head into the holiday season and the national giving campaign #GivingTuesday2017 (Tuesday, November 28th), Sozo International is launching a ‘‘Coats and Boots’’ fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide each of our almost 800 grade school students a new winter coat and pair of boots. We believe that kids learn better when their feet are warm and their hearts are full. We believe that parents will send their children to school if they come home healthy, well-loved and excited about their future. We believe that this excitement can spark an adult’s interest in their own education and empowerment. We believe families and communities engaged in change are the key to a new Afghanistan.

 

Please join us now with your support.

 

We are Grateful to be a Catalyst for Change

 

Sozo International takes its name from the Greek ‘sozo’…meaning ‘to make well, to heal, to rescue from danger; to rescue from the edge’. And that is what our holistic model of programming provides. Sozo International comes alongside Afghans to address the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. We seek to address the root of the problem and understand how issues in one’s life are connected, rather than just addressing the symptoms. We believe this approach empowers and offers freedom, dignity and hope. We see success when an individual, their family and their community have the choice and ability to seek a better life for themselves…and we are grateful to be a catalyst for change.

 

This is a glimpse of Sozo's impact in Afghanistan. Our outreach begins with building relationships with Sozo School children and their families:

Through Education: We seek to meet practical needs. Sozo supports educational initiatives that strengthen communities suffering from a lack of educational opportunity, inadequate facilities, and low levels of literacy. Our educational priorities focus on school support. Education gives children hope that dreams can come true and a new Afghanistan is on the horizon

Through Health Care: We seek to meet physical needs. Sozo works to implement health care solutions for communities in some of the poorest and most medically underserved areas. By focusing not only on treatment, but on education about health and hygiene, and prevention of disease, Sozo wants to help people help themselves to stay healthy.

Through Economic Initiatives: We come alongside adults and families to meet their practical needs. Sozo supports small business startups that create economic activity in communities that are lacking and offers training programs to empower adults in their own education and employment. Sozo also provides jobs for nationals who want to assist in relief and development efforts in their own country. Adults learning skills with dignity and hope.

 

Through Family Outreach: Sozo’s Family Outreach Program is where we seek to meet the emotional needs of those we serve. At the core of the Family Outreach Program are home visits, where Sozo staff members visit the families of our grade school students in their home. During these home visits, staff members have conversations with the family about their needs, their challenges, and any skills we might be able to connect with employment opportunities. Our staff learns the family history and challenges that might prevent their students from continuing to attend school. Family needs are assessed and every month, 10 food packages are distributed to families in the most dire situations. Students with special health concerns can also be referred to the school’s doctor or to a specialist for further care.

 

Meeting the physical, emotional and practical needs in one’s life opens the door for building trusting relationships. Relationships of trust will give us an opportunity to come alongside some of the world’s most forgotten, mutually working towards a better Afghanistan together.

 

So Why Does a ‘‘Coats and Boots Fundraiser’’ Matter?

As we head into the holiday season and the national giving campaign #GivingTuesday2017 (Tuesday, November 28th), Sozo International is launching a ‘‘Coats and Boots’’ fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide each of our almost 800 grade school students a new winter coat and pair of boots. We believe that kids learn better when their feet are warm and their hearts are full. We believe that parents will send their children to school if they come home healthy, well-loved and excited about their future. We believe that this excitement can spark an adult’s interest in their own education and empowerment. We believe families and communities engaged in change are the key to a new Afghanistan.

 

Please join us now with your support.

 

We are Grateful to be a Catalyst for Change

 

Sozo International takes its name from the Greek ‘sozo’…meaning ‘to make well, to heal, to rescue from danger; to rescue from the edge’. And that is what our holistic model of programming provides. Sozo International comes alongside Afghans to address the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. We seek to address the root of the problem and understand how issues in one’s life are connected, rather than just addressing the symptoms. We believe this approach empowers and offers freedom, dignity and hope. We see success when an individual, their family and their community have the choice and ability to seek a better life for themselves…and we are grateful to be a catalyst for change.

 

This is a glimpse of Sozo's impact in Afghanistan. Our outreach begins with building relationships with Sozo School children and their families:

Through Education: We seek to meet practical needs. Sozo supports educational initiatives that strengthen communities suffering from a lack of educational opportunity, inadequate facilities, and low levels of literacy. Our educational priorities focus on school support. Education gives children hope that dreams can come true and a new Afghanistan is on the horizon

Through Health Care: We seek to meet physical needs. Sozo works to implement health care solutions for communities in some of the poorest and most medically underserved areas. By focusing not only on treatment, but on education about health and hygiene, and prevention of disease, Sozo wants to help people help themselves to stay healthy.

Through Economic Initiatives: We come alongside adults and families to meet their practical needs. Sozo supports small business startups that create economic activity in communities that are lacking and offers training programs to empower adults in their own education and employment. Sozo also provides jobs for nationals who want to assist in relief and development efforts in their own country. Adults learning skills with dignity and hope.

 

Through Family Outreach: Sozo’s Family Outreach Program is where we seek to meet the emotional needs of those we serve. At the core of the Family Outreach Program are home visits, where Sozo staff members visit the families of our grade school students in their home. During these home visits, staff members have conversations with the family about their needs, their challenges, and any skills we might be able to connect with employment opportunities. Our staff learns the family history and challenges that might prevent their students from continuing to attend school. Family needs are assessed and every month, 10 food packages are distributed to families in the most dire situations. Students with special health concerns can also be referred to the school’s doctor or to a specialist for further care.

 

Meeting the physical, emotional and practical needs in one’s life opens the door for building trusting relationships. Relationships of trust will give us an opportunity to come alongside some of the world’s most forgotten, mutually working towards a better Afghanistan together.

 

So Why Does a ‘‘Coats and Boots Fundraiser’’ Matter?

As we head into the holiday season and the national giving campaign #GivingTuesday2017 (Tuesday, November 28th), Sozo International is launching a ‘‘Coats and Boots’’ fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide each of our almost 800 grade school students a new winter coat and pair of boots. We believe that kids learn better when their feet are warm and their hearts are full. We believe that parents will send their children to school if they come home healthy, well-loved and excited about their future. We believe that this excitement can spark an adult’s interest in their own education and empowerment. We believe families and communities engaged in change are the key to a new Afghanistan.

 

Please join us now with your support.