We want to thank you for your continued help with funding for this school in Northern Afghanistan. This school is in a very rural area and because of this it is difficult to travel to and from. As such, it is important to help develop this school as a safe environment for girls from surrounding villages to attend. Since our last update we wanted to let you know that the 4-classroom addition to this school is finished and full functioning. Now the girls who were sitting on the floor in crowded classrooms have 4 new classrooms with desks. Our goal with this project is to continue to work with this community in any way that we can to help the educational process for this school to expand in new ways, increasing the opportunities for the students in this school. Currently there are 600 boys and 516 girls attending this school. There are 19 teachers at this school. Continued funding helps with transporting qualified teachers to and from the school. We greatly appreciate your help and hope you will continue to help us make a difference in the lives of students in rural Afghanistan.
The projects for 2012 are; the addition of four rooms to the original school structure, financial assistance for transportation for teachers, completion of a security wall for the school property, delivery of 100 desks, and the addition of a new library using the existing facilities. Strong progress has been made so far in finishing the school, but additional funding is necessary to complete all the projects!
Construction of all four classrooms is nearly finished, some work on the roof remains. Once the roof is completed, the windows and doors will be installed and finishing work will begin. With the distribution of the budgeted funds we expect to have this project completed by mid-September 2012.
The security wall construction relied heavily on working with the local community. Money was only provided for the building materials, requiring the community to invest in the school’s security by providing the labor to finish the wall. We have given half of the budgeted money for building materials with the remainder to be provided upon completion of the wall.
All 100 desks for the school have been prepared and were delivered in May. This part of the project is complete. Work on the library will begin after the completion of the four-room addition.
To Ayni Education Internation, spring in Afghanistan means: time to start school! Schools close in the winter due to the extreme weather and lack of heating fuel. But as soon as the weather breaks, the schools open up and the students enthusiastically return.
In 2012, spring at this rural girls and boys school means: time to start the new four-room addition. We are off to a good start for this rural school. The Ministry of Education has approved our plan. We have met with the local elders and school principal, lined up local workers for construction, and started to purchase and deliver material. They've broken ground and have started work on the foundation.
The Safer World Fund 505 match is still available, but it won't last much longer. Take advantage of it now if you can!
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