Help The Afghan Children

Our mission is to help Afghan children become educated, healthy, and productive citizens who are able to fully contribute to building Afghanistan's civil society. We accomplish this by working with supporting partners to establish model community-based schools in different regions of Afghanistan; by providing training to local educators to enhance their professional capacities; and by developing and introducing innovative learning programs
Jan 7, 2013

Peace education helps Afghan girls heal

Sharifa, Sorya Girls School
Sharifa, Sorya Girls School

Thousands of Afghan children who have been traumatized by violence have found a way to deal with their anger and sadness through HTAC's peace education program.  Sharifa, a seventh grade student at Sorya Girls School in Kabul, is one of them.

Sharifa told us that before enrolling in her school's peace education class she was extremely quiet, withdrawn and unresponsive.  Sharifa's teacher and classmates didn't know it at the time, but Sharifa had been severely traumatized by a family tragedy during the rule of the Taliban.

Sharifa and her family were traveling in their car to Mazar e Sharif (in Northern Afghanistan) when their were stopped by Taliban officials at a highway check point.  The Taliban ordered Sharifa's father to get out of the car and go with them, without explanation.  When her father asked why he had to go and what he had done, the officials began beating him.  Despite pleas from the family, they continued beating him until he lay dead beside the road.  Sharifa, her mother and siblings had just witnessed his murder.

Through stories and role-playing, the peace education class helped Sharifa get in touch with her sadness and depression, allowing her to grieve for her father for the first time.  Sharifa's classmates (each of them with stories of their own), told Sharifa they loved her and made her feel that she was not alone in her grief.  Her teacher made it a point to spend time with Sharifa's family as well, and letting them read "The Journey of Peace" books.

Today, Sharifa is more outgoing and excels in the classroom.  Although she will never forget her painful memory, she has been able to move on with her life.

Oct 22, 2012

Afghan girl helps her family heal through peace

Tahera- Rokhshana High School student
Tahera- Rokhshana High School student

Tahera Rezayee is a bright, energetic 9th grader at Rokhshana High School in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Earlier this year, Tahera was introduced to peace education and immediately fell in love with the personal stories from HTAC's 'Journey of Peace' book series; designed to help children (traumatized by war and violence) learn how to heal and develop positive attitudes and behaviors aobut peaceful, everyday living.

Tahera's mother knew what her daughter was learning in class because she had received a parent's guide about our peace education program, developed to help parents reinforce the values of peace in the home.  But little did Tahera or her teacher know, that her mother was feeling great pain.

Emotionally scarred by the devastation of war and the treatment of women under the rule of the Taliban, Tahera's mother had become bitter and aggressive, unable to engage in conversations with Taher or her siblings, flying into sudden rages of anger for what seemed to be no reason at all, or secluding herself in their home and letting her children fend for themselves.

One day, Tahera cautiously showed her mother the 'Journey of Peace' stories and asked if they could read them together. To her surprise, Tehera's mother connected to the personal stories as she was able to relate to the characters and their tauma as well as the lessons about dealing with anger, sadness and learning to forgive and move on.  Most importantly, her mother learned how the families in the stories resolved their conflicts non-violently.

The transformation of Tahera's mother was dramatic.  She began listening to her children, praising them, and taking a leadership role in applying the steps to peaceful conflict resolution for all family matters.  Tahera herself is overjoyed. "Things are so much better.  Our mother is listening to us and we now enjoy talking with her and not being afraid.  My mother is happier and we are a family."

Oct 22, 2012

Bilingual storybooks improve literacy and more

Sorya Girls School - Read Afghanistan
Sorya Girls School - Read Afghanistan

While more Afghan children are attending school than ever before, literacy remains a critical problem.  Up to 50% of school aged boys and almost 80% of girls are still unable to read and write.  Without these skills, these children are doomed to a life of poverty (and especially for boys), more vulnerable to extremist elements as they grow older.

HTAC's "Read Afghanistan" program has helped thousands of Afghan children acquire and improve their reading skills.  Our original, bilingual and illustrated books are not only improving reading levels among enrolled children by over 80%, they're also teaching and reinforcing positive values (like showing respect, taking personal responsibility for actions, helping others, and aspiring to a worthy vocation.

Earlier this year, students at Sorya Girls School, in Kabul (an HTAC-supported school), read and discussed one of these wonderful books - "A Rose for Leyla" which tells the inspiring story of an Afghan girl who dreams of one day becoming a doctor so she can help her village.

Students at the school not only shared the story with their families, but put on a mini-play to re-enact life-chaning scenes from the book.  For many of these girls, Leyla became an inspiration to finish their education, acquire skills, and do something meaningful in their lives.

HTAC's "Read Afghanistan" program is funded totally by individual donations.  By supporting this program, you are helping to change an Afghan child's life forever.  

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