Shazoda shows us her favorite piece of clothing that she made herself. Her confident smile was memorable.
“I want to become a radio presenter,” Shazoda happily replied when asked what her future dream was. She is a graduate of the dressmaking course that AAR JAPAN operates. She lives with her mother and older sister in the city of Dushanbe. She was born with impairment in her spinal cord and depends on the use of crutches to walk. For 5 months between June and October of 2011, she attended the course twice a week and learned how to make clothes, including traditional Tajik clothing and embroidery.
May 2011- When medical specialist Mr. KONO (far left) visited her home, Shazoda (second from the left) was constantly in tears.
Shazoda intently listens and learns from the course trainer Nigina (center). Nigina also has a disability in the lower half of her body and uses a wheelchair.
Shazoda (second from the left) and her friends at the graduation ceremony of the dressmaking course. Fourth from the left is AAR JAPAN staff member, Ayumi YASUDA.