We went to the centers yesterday and saw all the ladies. One group suggested that we hire a good tailor and teach them sartorial techniques. We will do that in a year when they start grade 6. The one group that is studying is currently in grade 4 and quite a few of them are looking forward to getting at least a high school diploma. We will have to look into getting them ready for tests so we can give them an accredited diploma for 6th grade. I find it very rewarding to hear how they could not even hold a pen in their hand two years ago and they write letters now.
In each center, there is a group leader that is the best judge for flaws and does the quality control from embroidery to design. All the ladies got a 25% raise and 500-1000 Afghanis bonus for all their hard work and dedication. The higher range went to teachers and the group leaders. My dearest friends Naz Toloui from Orlane cosmetics sent ladies hand lotions and soaps from my favorite line Perlier and they couldn't stop smelling the soaps. Also Ruma Bose (my new buddy) from Vincent Longo cosmetics sent them lipsticks and lip glosses and they went nuts. But the most elegant thing was this. Nobody opened their lip colors to contest and change for something else. I found this quite amazing given the only chance they might have in a lifetime to receive a color worth their two weeks salary.