With Father's Day approaching, we wanted to share this recent photograph taken outside the daycare center in Balkh Province that you generously support. Many of the fathers of the young kids came to visit one afternoon. We found this image heartening, especially to see the gesture of support from fathers towards their daughters who are learning to read and write.
We also want to convey this feedback directly from Fatima, a weaver and the mother of four-year-old Arif: "His father is so tired when he reaches home, but still would ask Arif to read some of the poems or sing the songs that he has learned at the center and that gives him lot of satisfaction and starting laughing and feels so good and then kisses Arif and pray for him and for all of those who has made this possible for Arif and rest of the kids at the center.”
As we celebrate Dads, please know that you have the sincerest gratitude and prayers from Arif's father Noor for making this daycare possible.
Thank you - and Happy Father's Day!
P.S. Be sure to click on the link to hear the class's adorable rendition of the Afghan National Anthem!
You may not know this, but there is someone else who has been moved by our work in Afghanistan and joins you in supporting this daycare project. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, is also a philanthropist and humanitarian determined to see a new day for his homeland.
He recently wrote a special piece for GoodWeave called Cultivating Hope in Afghanistan. There is one line in particular that touched us, and we wanted to share it with you:
It is audacious to aspire to end human rights abuses in an unsettled nation, but GoodWeave’s progress in just one year proves to me that where there is a willingness to try, much can be accomplished.
Indeed, much is being accomplished. The daycare project is progressing, having a profound impact not only on its 40 young students, but also their families. Here is what the mother of Noria shared with our project coordinator:
Honestly speaking, sometimes we learn new things from our six-year-old child! Even the rest of our kids have been positively influenced by Noria, and seeing her got our relatives interested in sending their children to schools or centers like this in their own communities. I now have peace of mind.
Thank you for being audacious with us and for being willing to try with us. We could not do it without you.
I just received a message in my inbox from our Program Coordinator, Kabir, in Afghanistan. He recently returned from a visit to the daycare and early childhood education center that you helped us launch a few months ago. In his detailed notes from the trip, he wrote out the following bulleted list of observations.
In his own words, here's what Kabir saw:
Kabir is happy with the progress of the daycare, and we hope you are as well. On this Giving Tuesday, thank you for giving these 40 boys and girls a chance to be children.
I just wanted to share a story about one of our daycare beneficiaries in Afghanistan whose photo we showed you in late August. Six-year-old Ma Ma Khal attends the recently opened GoodWeave-sponsored daycare in Balkh Province, Afghanistan.
And, she already loves it.
Before going to daycare every day, she did not always have enough food at home for her to eat and thanks to your initial support and GoodWeave, she now receives regular healthy meals and snacks. She also loves her teachers and is proud of the fact that she’s already committed 10 poems to memory, as well as the national anthem.
Her mother—a work from home weaver—feels that a burden has been lifted off her shoulders. She says, “now that our children are at GoodWeave daycare center, we can weave carpets without any concerns about our children’s health, food and playing.” She adds, “We are very happy that our children get snacks during the day and a nutritious lunch every day. Nothing is more important to a mother than being sure about the well-being, food and safety of her child.”
Thanks to your support to the Bring A Daycare To Balkh Province, Afghanistan project, both Ma Ma Khal and her mother have new opportunities in life.
Thank you for help making it possible.
Beth Gottschling Huber
PS. Just a reminder that on October 17th is GlobalGiving’s final Bonus Day of the 2012. GlobalGiving is offering a match on all donations given on that day. This is a fantastic opportunity to increase the impact of your support of working mothers and their children who attend daycare.
Also, please help us spread the word about this opportunity to your family and friends through Facebook and email.
I am thrilled to share our first progress report for Bring A Daycare To Balkh Province, Afghanistan. As a result of your support, combined with gifts from several small family foundations, we have established a child development center in Balkh Province equipped with educational supplies, respected teachers and 39 eager children ready to learn. The children all have mothers that work on carpet looms based in their nearby homes. This project will enable the women to concentrate on their handiwork, thus earning more income, while their little ones are in a safe and nurturing environment.
UNICEF estimates that a third of all school-age children work in Afghanistan, and the International Organization for Migration reports that trafficking is on the rise, particularly targeting young boys and girls for carpet weaving. An early intervention like daycare, especially in so-called “source” communities for traffickers, is absolutely critical.
After just the first few weeks of the daycare, the Head Master has reported 100% attendance and at the end of each day, the children do not want to go home because they love it there so much. The staff provides nutritious meals, which for the majority of these kids, is the heartiest food they will eat all day. As the colder months approach, we continue to seek operating resources to ensure that the kids will have hot meals and a warm place to learn and play over the winter.
The local community deeply appreciates the initial work and investment. Kabir, our social programs coordinator in Afghanistan, tells us that teachers and parents report seeing a positive change in the children already. He joyfully told us that he’s “never seen beneficiaries so happy with such small efforts.”
On behalf of all the children served by this project, thank you for helping these “small efforts” have huge returns. Your support is truly transforming young lives.
With gratitude, Beth Gottschling Huber
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