Here is a photo from our project, "Expand and supply a school for 3,000+ Afghan girls"!
The school liaison that Ayni hired is regularly visiting the school, taking photos, and keeping up with the students as they graduate. The liaison interviews the girls to understand the impact that your dollars have on her life. As our school liaison gathers these stories, we translate them from Dari to English for our donors to gain a deeper understanding into the lives of Afghan girls attending our schools.
Due to the extreme weather conditions in northern Afghanistan, we have been conducting general maintenance on the school, and have re-painted some parts of it. The design and implementation of the computer center is moving along. The equipment has been purchased, and course curriculum is being designed.
We are continuing to raise funds for construction of the driveway and sidewalk leading to the girls’ school. Thank you for your support through GlobalGiving!
“Expand and supply a school for 3,000+ Afghan girls“ was selected as one of 10 projects to be included in the Safer World Fund on GlobalGiving starting on September 1, 2012. As part of the Fund, the project will be eligible for a 50% match on all donations from any individual donor up to $2,000 until the $50,000 in matching funds are used up.
The Safer World Fund (formerly the philanthropic arm of Our Voices Together) began as a response of family and friends of loved ones killed in the terrorist acts of 9/11. It is now engaging many people who recognize how individuals can help fight terrorism. By supporting basic education, vocational training, and health care, these projects offer opportunities to impoverished people in the poorest areas of the world, especially girls and women.
Thanks partly to support received for this project, the two women liaisons hired by Ayni are visiting this school on a regular basis. They are working to get information and stories from students at the school. This is a new role and it is coming along. We are specifically focused on what the girls do when they graduate from the school.
We also purchased a ladder for the school, permitting access to the roof for repairs, and snow removal.
As reported earlier, the school is highly utilized. During morning classes 24 classrooms are used, and afternoon classes need 30. The school leaders have asked for tents to help with students who are sitting outside during the afternoon session. We have brought this to the attention of the Ministry of Education.
We are working to get a much needed computer center at the school, as well as conduct maintenance on the facilities. All donations for this school are immensely appreciated; we will continue to put them to great use!
Thanks to your donations, our new school liaisons are visiting this school on a regular basis. These Afghan women are a great asset to us because they can overcome the language, cultural and security issues that sometimes make it difficult to communicate with the staff, students, parents and other community members.
The liaisons report that the second class of girls will graduate from this school in July. The graduating classes are small because so few girls in this area have had sufficient time to complete school. But there are thousands behind them. The school operates on 2 shifts, filling 24 classrooms in the morning and all 30 rooms in the afternoon -- with an overflow sitting outside. The teachers have asked for tents. They also have indicated strong interests in a computer center, kindergarten and playground set. Our computer centers have been a great success at other girl schools, so we look forward to the opportunity to build one here.
The Safer World Fund continues to provide a 50% match until their funds run out--but they are almost out! Under $2,000 in matching funds left. Don't miss your chance!
Thank you so much for your support
We have just updated the project's fundraising goal and plans for using future contributions. Please continue to support this growing girls' school in 2012! Please note that the Safer World Fund continues to provide a 50% match until their funds run out. And Global Giving will add another 30% for all donations made on March 14. Mark your calendar!
I am pleased to report that 2011 was a great success. With your help, we met our goal of raising $50,000* to complete the work we had planned on this girls' school. We worked with the community to build the kindergarten rooms, 500 student desks, desks for teachers, library shelves, a latrine, and a guard room. As previously reported, we formally dedicated the school in April. Later in the year we reached a major milestone with the graduation of the first 40 girls from 12th grade! And 250 kindergarteners will enroll in the spring. Thank you so much for your help! There is more to do. Looking forward to 2012, we have plans to build a driveway and a sidewalk, plus a drainage system behind the school. In addition, as part of our goal of helping the 12 schools for girls that we have built in Balkh Province improve their curricula and become self-sustaining, we have hired two Afghan women--a college educated teacher and an assistant--to serve as liaisons between our office and the schools. These women will provide communications between our office and the schools. They will play a critical role in helping us overcome language, cultural and security issues that sometimes make it difficult to visit the schools or to communicate with the staff, students, parents and other members of the community. I am also pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council honored Ayni's founder, Julie Bolz, for her work to build Afghan schools with the 2011 World Citizen Award. See the link below. *That includes over $28,000 in individual donations through Global Giving, over $12,000 in matching funds from the Safer World Fund, and private contributions from other sources.
Interested in making a tribute gift to someone this holiday season? Please consider donating to this Afghan girls' school in the recipient's honor! And there is a bonus: The Safer World Fund will match your donation at 50%.
It's easy to do. Just start your donation on the project's home page. Select a donation amount and then select "YES" from the drop-down list next to "Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?" Click on donate, then proceed to follow the directions. You can choose a design for the card to the recipient and add a message. Global Giving will send it via email or regular mail.
A boost in giving during the holidays will help Ayni Education International meet its commitment to this community for 2012. Given the current situation in Afghanistan, we are more determined than ever to help them make their girls' school fully operational next year. Thank you so much for your interest and support.
Warmest wishes for the Holidays!
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