Thank you for providing a computer to our Afghan Girls computer program. We operate three centers and each computer center requires 20 computers to resource our students. Our centers are the most popular courses in our schools and we continue to strive to meet the ever- increasing demand for more courses, computers and time for students to sit with the keyboard.
Computer literacy, as well as other technical skills, allows girls in Afghanistan to go on to a university and/or to find employment easier in the future.
16-year-old, Abida, has been taking lessons at one of our computer centers for about five months, and has expressed what a great opportunity taking computer lessons was. “Learning computers solved a lot of my problems and makes me feel proud for knowing computers as a modern technology.”
After graduating from high school, Abida plans to apply to medical school. In order get accepted into medical school, Abida would need to take the Kankor exam. Honing skills in computer literacy will help Abida and many other girls in Afghanistan pass certain exams for them to get accepted into public universities.
Abida joins over 850 students who have already graduated from our three centers in Northern Afghanistan. As a computer literate student, her options are now modestly improved for her path forward.
Donor support in purchasing new computers for our centers allows us to continue to support girls in Afghanistan. Your donation helped provide girls in Afghanistan with computers that they need in order to become more educated, empowered, and inspired individuals. Thank you.
Computer literacy is key to getting a job or going on to university for girls in Afghanistan. Donor support in purchasing a new computer for our lab allows us to offer the class to an increasing number of girls who are on wait-lists for the 6 month course. Thank you.
“It has been more than three weeks since I joined the computer class,” said Sahar, a 10th grade student. “I am very happy now that I’m familiar with computers and I’m trying my best to study more in this 6 month course. I would really like to continue my lessons and will go to a university.”
Girls like Sahar continue to graduate from our centers in increasing numbers: more than 500 girls have graduated from our computer literacy program in the past year alone. 80 girls are enrolled in our current round of classes at each of our centers, and many more are waiting to take the course. Sahar and her classmates learn Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. When possible, the instructor connects the girls to the internet and forms facebook groups with young people in the United States.
Computers are opening the minds of our students and encouraging them to think about their futures, about the possibility of higher education, and about employment. Our labs enable students to experiment with geography and maps and texts that demonstrate the power of seeing a broader world. It is also imperative, they soon realize, that to compete in the marketplace for employment, they need to be conversant in the marketplace of ideas.
Your donation helped equip girls with the computers they need to compete with their male peers and become educated, empowered, and productive citizens. Thank you.
We have met our initial fundraising goal for educating boys and girls in rural Afghanistan because of your generosity and continued support. Your dollars will go far in rural northern Afghanistan, where many children still lack access to quality education. There’s more to be done: our nine schools in village regions are always in need of more supplies and teachers as we try to keep up with rising enrollment. You have helped us provide classroom repairs, such as roof repairs and blackboard resurfacing for lessons, as well as materials like textbooks, school supplies, and library books. By supplying these items, you directly improve the quality of the education these children recieve.
You help us give girls living in rural Afghanistan the support system they need to continue their education. We have ensured that girls stay in school by supporting an liaison who facilitate parent-teacher meetings and organize community-building activities. These activities allow us to communicate effectively with the families of girls who are attending our rural schools and demonstrate the value of education. Also, our liaisons connect with the girls by listening to their stories and speaking candidly with them about their futures, and whether they plan on entering the workforce after graduation or moving on to some form of higher education. Our liaisons are essential for supporting the girls in Afghanistan who are the most vunlerable. Girls often drop out of school between sixth and ninth grades becuase of expectations to help their families with work or to marry at an early age. You have helped us to work on eliminating these barriers to girls' education in rural Afghanistan by organzing a group of liasions dedicated to cultivating relationships with the girls in our schools and with their families. Abida, a sixteen-year-old girl at one of our schools, told us, "I am the first child in my family [to go to school]. Going to school and trying to be an educated person was started by me in my family. I want to be a doctor in the future." This is the impact you have on students in Afghanistan. You can help us educate the next generation of Afghans and make sure that children in rural Afghanistan have the resources they need to take on leadership roles in the future. Thank you.
You have also supported our efforts in training more female teachers and ensuring that more will return to rural northern Afghanistan to work. We train female teachers from these rural areas, who then reutrn to teach children from their own villages and allow hundreds of girls to be educated every year. Moreover, you have transported many of our teachers who live outisde of these village regions to our schools. A qualified teacher who students can depend on is critical in this conflict-zone.
We thank you for continuing to support our efforts in rural northern Afghanistan. You have enabled hundreds of children to receive a quality education, who are often the first ones in their family to attend school. These children now have the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their future families in rural Afghanistan.