Afghan Artisan Jewelry
This colorful jewelry collection is handmade by Afghan children with disabilities, from the Sarahim Center for Special Education in Kabul, Afghanistan. In a country devastated by decades of war, countless children have suffered some form of physical and/or mental disability. With virtually no support services, these vulnerable children are often left to fend for themselves on the streets, in an extremely harsh environment.
Founded in 2005 by Nazifa and Frydoon Shairzay, the Sarahim Center's mission is to help developmentally and physically challenged Afghan children in three main areas – literacy, vocational skills and physiotherapy – allowing them to become self-supporting and productive adults. The Center now serves over 70 children, has graduated over 150, and and has many more on a waiting list.
This colorful jewelry was made by Sarahim children through vocational training at the Center. Artizara purchased this first small collection from the Center, with the hopes of partnering with the center to promote the children's crafts. We were inspired by the children's creativity in the face of so many challenges, and we hope you will be inspired too- to help the children and spread the word!