Final Report for Global Giving “Help Afghanistan Children Stay in School”
This will be the final report for "Help Afghanistan Children Stay in School” since Child Foundation has decided to close this Global Giving Project, so that we can start a new project (details available soon).
Overall we are very pleased with the progress our sister company has made in Afghanistan. (We refer to them as Child Foundation Afghanistan but they are also known as the Future for Afghanistan Children Organization.) Many children benefited from our worldwide network of sponsors and donors, and continue to receive the support from these kind individuals.
Two recent success stories of these children make us very proud. The photo below is of a group of Afghani children who, thanks to the support of Child Foundation donors, were able to hold a “theater camp” where they participated in the rehearsal and tour of a small play. They traveled to local villages presenting their story.
This is a photo of Mohammad Ahmadi, a hardworking, talented student currently in 10th grade. He is 18 and lives in a village far from the city. He has been supported by Child Foundation for the past two years. Since then, he has a different outlook on his life and he tries hard to reach the goals and successes he has always dreamed of.
During these years he has been learning English and recently participated in the English Language competition where he earned and was awarded First Place among 9 states in Northern Afghanistan. This is the first time he has achieved this high level of recognition and hopes to continue on this path.
On behalf of FACO Afghanistan/Child Foundation we would like to share this brilliant moment of Mohammad's life and invite you to help him in making a better life for himself and his family. Special thanks to Mohammed’s supporters.
Recently, our ties with Afghanistan have been growing stronger. While Dr. Peyman Raoofi, Child Foundation President was in Washington DC he was able to meet with the Afghanistan Ambassador Ekil Ahmad Hakimi. They discussed the many ways Child Foundation has help the youth in Afghanistan, and also looked to the future to see how this support could grow.
Child Foundation looks towards continuing to help the children of Afghanistan and will continue to appreciate your support. We would like to say a very sincere THANK YOU to everyone who has donated on Global Giving to this project.
The Future for Afghanistan Children Organization (FACO) based in Mazar-i-Sharif has been very busy these past few months. They have hosted a theater camp which was attended by over 30 students from poor regions of Afghanistan. This school and the camp specifically are a reflection upon the support of donors and sponsors throughout the world.
Another recent success story is that of Mohammad who is an 18 year old in the 10th grade. He has received 2 years of support from FACO and is now a very hard working young man would like to make a difference in the world. Throughout his continued studies (made possible by donations) he has learned and greatly developed his English skills. In fact he has recently awarded a first place ribbon among the nine northern states of Afghanistan for English. He hopes to continue this high level of achievement.
The FACO technical staff has been busy re-vamping the website and purchasing the new domain www.FACO.af, and coordinating the redirection of the old site www.ChildFoundation.af to bring visitors to this new domain. The site has new content that is much more current and precise. The photos have been updated and the site itself takes on a much friendlier look.
FACO looks foward to future years of helping children with their education but is also faced with realistic challenges such as rising fuel costs and ongoing mid-East tension. With the help of our kind donors and sponsors we will continue to make a difference together.
In 2011, Child Foundation’s program in Mazar-e-Sharif found a great deal of success in graduating 205 girls total from a helpful training course in computers. The girls and young woman that attended this course received a certificate for their work and use this course as a college prep course so that they can continue their education.
Unfortunetely, there were also many challenges, including the difficult path ahead. Enrollment numbers in the classes are declining since children are forced to pay part of the fees. Now more than ever Child Foundation needs your kindness to help these girls continue to receive the education they deserve. Over half of the students are forced to pay for part of the schooling fees, and this puts terrible financial stress on families that are already living far beyond the poverty line.
Another hardship was the school’s difficultly in paying the power bill as the price of petrol continued to rise. The school had budgeted a specific amount for the cost of electricity and could not run their computers and projector when the electricity was lost due to lack of funds.
The school is however, still pushing through to work on some new projects. Human rights, civic social workshops, and English learning courses are beginning to be offered. Top students from graduating classes are encouraged to return and volunteer-teach the class to save money while encouraging continued involvement.
Many girls and students have gone on to become managers, social workers, and official employees in government, at a time when poverty levels are at extreme highs- the power of women in Afghanistan will hopefully continue to steadily rise.
Thank you for supporting Afghan girls with a chance to attend university;
Child Foundation had been able to expand its computer school with more graduates. Our second groups of student had graduated and third groups had already finished their registration process. We had 75 girls graduate from our computer program in our second semester.
Our classes are located in a building that we purchased last year after we received a grant from a United Nations agency to operate a school in the poor regions of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan for youth. Through helping female high school graduates, we continue to assist them with better chance to pass university entrance exams.
This program especially focuses on empowering girls to obtain an education. The program is run by dedicated volunteers and social workers. But our job is not done yet, there are many other girls in need in Mazar-e-Sharif areas who could benefit our program.
We are pursuing other grant opportunities in order to expand our programs in other areas of Mazar-e-Sharif and hire more staff. Your continued generosity could help support the education girls need to get into university for a better chance to become tomorrow’s leaders of their community.
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