This microproject will equip a library room or area at an Ayni-supported school in Northern Afghanistan. The $2,500 goal will allow us to equip a school library with shelves, tables, and as many as 250 books. The math, science and reading books we provide are treasured by the schools, as is the place to store and use them. Our schools serve children of all ages. The need for books and places to keep them is almost unlimited. Global Giving donors have already funded 2 libraries! This is number 3.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
For students, books are a window to knowledge and the rest of the world. This window is especially important in the schools for Afghan girls that are supported by Ayni. Teachers are stretched thin, often have limited educations themselves, and have experienced little of the world outside their province, let alone their country. Access to the internet or other electronic media is limited at best.
How will this project solve this problem?
Ayni equips schools with libraries to serve the needs of students of all ages. We buy an array of math, science and reading books that are age appropriate and sensitive to cultural issues, always with the goal of providing access to knowledge that is otherwise highly restricted. We also equip the library spaces with shelves, chairs and a table. The funding amount for each microproject ($2,500) is enough to furnish a typical library space and provide up to 250 books, serving about 500 students.
Potential Long Term Impact
A well built, functioning school provides a healthy and safe environment for a community's children, and a place where they learn the skills they need to become productive and peaceful adults. Many school buildings have been constructed in Afghanistan in recent years. But a building alone does not make a school. To be successful, it must be supplied, have qualified teachers, be fully supported by its community, and become fully sustained by its community. That's our long-term goal.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.
Every microproject is intended to use the donations it receives in accordance with its stated description; however, it is important to provide project leaders with the flexibility to maximize the potential benefit from the donations they receive. This means that your donation may be used as a part of the main project that supports this microproject, specifically Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan. In this event, the project leader is required to post an update to the microproject detailing the results and reasons behind this change.
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