Beyond the 11Th Incorporated

Needham, MA   |  www.beyondthe11th.org

Mission

Beyond the 11th is a non-profit organization that provides support to
widows in Afghanistan who have been affected by war, terrorism, and
oppression.

We support programs that enable widows to support themselves and
their families. We accomplish our mission in two ways: increasing awareness of the
desperate situation of widows in Afghanistan, and raising funds to help
them. By providing grants to partner non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) on the ground in Afghanistan, we fund education and
income-generation opportunities that are sustainable and culturally
appropriate.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Susan Retik

Main address

PO Box 457

Needham, MA 02494

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EIN

56-2384970

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

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Our programs

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Women's Community Center

Beyond the 11th made a $50,000 grant for the building of the first women's community center in Afghanistan.

The plaster is just about dry enough for paint in the rooms of the Dragon Valley Community Center, and Program Director, Razia Jan, is considering colors to play off the startling blue sky and saffron sand and stone. But when the facility in Bamyan is completed, it will be much more than just solid, pleasing architecture.
 
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this fall, Arzu rug weavers will be able to gather in a striking, multi-storied weaving
atelier to collaborate on large rugs and train young weavers. In the classroom, in addition to literacy and health-related classes
already at the core of Arzu programming, coursework will begin for women from throughout the village on hygiene, poultry raising, soil enhancement and small-scale agriculture, setting the stage for future programs. Ultimately, some of these new programs will be hosted at the nearby Community Garden Center, the second of three facilities to be built in Dragon Valley. Arzu broke ground on the second facility two weeks ago. This fall, the project team hopes to complete the surrounding wall and a greenhouse at the Garden Center. In the spring, construction of a Sports Center will also begin.
 
A centerpiece of the trio of new buildings in the village, The Dragon Valley Community Center will be lit and heated, at least in large part, with energy harnessed by solar panels. The system will be installed this fall. As a back-up heating source, stoves that burn briquettes, which will also be made at the Garden Center using organic and recycled materials, will be installed as needed. The
briquette-making project, which will be a partnership with Kabul-based nonprofit Afghans 4 Tomorrow, will begin at the Garden Center in the spring, but the first stage of training for this enterprise will take place at the Community Center during the winter months.
 
The potential for this clean, safe Community Center, has local residents and the entire Arzu staff very excited. Even the tea room will not just be a place of rest for the women who visit to wash dishes and clothing, to weave or to receive training, but it will be a place to learn how to run a restaurant. Young women will manage this small-scale business selling tea and small baked goods. Once the center is in full use, there is also potential to begin a small baking program in house.

Population(s) Served

The Skilled Birth Attendant program trains Afghan widows to provide vital midwifery services for the women and children in their villages. Rural areas currently receive almost no maternity care at all.  As a result, infant mortality is the highest in the world.And maternal mortality is the second highest, with an Afghan mother dying every 30 minutes.The SBA program trains widows in basic sanitation, delivery methods, and nutrition with the potential to reduce birth mortality by up to 70%.Your donation not only gives one Afghan widow the skills to avert her village’s most preventable deaths.It also gives her a profession by which she and her children can live and thrive.

Population(s) Served

The Savings and Loan program transforms widows into village leaders and entrepreneurs.Small groups of 15-20 women are guided and coached to manage their own savings.They decide how much to put aside each week.  They watch their wages grow with interest.And they decide who in their lending group will be approved for a loan – for supplies to run her business, for a child’s education, for an operation – under rates and terms the group agrees upon.Your gift provides a professional facilitator to teach and guide the group until it becomes self-sufficient.For these widows, the first time they control their own money will also be the first time they control their own destiny.

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Beyond the 11Th Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Retik

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Jennifer Bennet

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