As we told you yesterday, your support is allowing five young women in Herat, Afghanistan to continue their education by attending area universities and institutes! As we said yesterday, three of these young women are studying to be midwives. The fourth young woman is attending the University of Herat, and is studying chemistry and biology. The fifth student is attending Kahkashan Sharq University, studying English.
After graduation, all of these women will surely be able to secure high paying jobs in their country. Your support is allowing us to provide them with a scholarship to offset the costs of books and transportation, as well as schools fees where necessary.
Bonus Day Today!!!
Today beginning at NOON EST, all donations to this project will receive a 50% match as part of the Microsoft Youth Spark program.
If you’re up for the challenge, be on the site to give right at NOON EST!
The last time this challenge was offered, funds ran out in just 15 minutes, so log on early to help AIL take advantage of matching funds!
Generous donations to this project have allowed us to provide scholarships to five female university students in Herat! Three of these students are studying midwifery at the Science Institute of Atafi in Herat, Afghanistan. Afghanistan is currently facing a severe lack of trained female midwives, and these three students will help to fill that gap by providing women with access to professionally trained, female healthcare workers. This scholarship provides the students with a stipend for books and transportation, and fees (where needed).
Look for another update soon with more information about the other young women who are able to continue their education because of your support!
Youth Spark Bonus Day Challenge!!
On Wednesday, Microsoft will be offering a 50% match to all donations made to this project! If you’re up for the challenge, be ready to give right at Noon as funds tend to run out very quickly. (Last time they were gone in only 15 minutes!)
Donations from $10-1000 will be eligible for the 50% match. As an added bonus – recurring donations will be matched at 100%!! We hope that you will take advantage of this awesome opportunity!
Thank you so much for your support of our project to provide scholarships to Afghan students at a number of different levels! During the holiday season, GlobalGiving donors like you generously funded more than 30 scholarships for students to attend private schools in Afghanistan! The response during the holiday was amazing, and we are all so thankful to you.
We wanted to take a moment and share the stories of some of the students that you are helping. Students like Fariba, a 14 year old girl studying in the 8th grade. She says:
I have faced many problems that have prevented me from getting an education. My father was a driver, but two years ago he was in an accident and was injured, leaving him unable to work. My mother is a tailor and sells the clothing she makes to our neighbors. She also teaches a sewing class, but these do not earn enough money for her to support our family and pay for me to attend school. This scholarship is helping me reach my goals. I want to attend a university and get a job. I would like to support my family. My parents have done their best for me, and I’d like to repay them for their kindness. I’d also like to be able to help the other girls in my village. I thank the people who made my scholarship possible. Without their kindness, I wouldn’t be able to reach my goals.
We’d also like to share the story of Marian, a 12 year old girl in the 4th grade.
I began studying at this school two years ago. Before then I was at another school, but it was not as good as this one. This school has so many of the best things, and I am so happy to be studying here. I like all of my dear teachers, we have clean and nice classrooms, and I study with classmates who are kind and good. I am so happy to be here, and one day I hope to use my education to help make Afghanistan a better place. I would like to continue my education and become a doctor. I know that this great school has had a positive impact on my life. Thank you for giving me the chance to study here.
School in Afghanistan is set to begin at the end of March. Our Afghan partners are currently working to identify students in need of scholarships, and as soon as we have information about the new students that you are supporting, we will pass it along to you.
Thank you so much for your support during 2013!!! So far this year, this project has been able to fund 16 scholarships for students to be able to attend private schools (12 for girls and 4 for boys) and 4 scholarships for students who are studying both in Afghanistan and abroad.
Before we share more information about a few of the scholarship recipients, we want to let you know about an amazing opportunity to make your donation go even further. Today, beginning at noon EST (9am PST), all donations to this project will be matched by Microsoft as part of #GivingTuesday! $250,000 in matching funds are available, and matching will only last while the funds do, so if you plan to give, please do so early in the day! This is a wonderful chance to double your donation, so please help Creating Hope International take advantage of this opportunity.
Rather than try to express what these scholarships mean to the students who receive them, we will let them tell you.
My name is Ahmed. I am ten years old. I am in third grade. My father is a farmer and works in his fields all day long. He is now 45, and it is becoming very difficult for him to work in the sun all day. He cannot work enough to raise the funds to pay for my school fee, so this scholarship is very important to me. One day, after graduating from school, I would like to make my father’s farms bigger and make enough money for my family. I am going to change my life, and my community’s lives as well.
My name is Farhad. I am twelve years old. I am in the fifth grade. My father is a construction worker. He goes to the city very early in the morning, works all day on the buildings, but does not make enough money to support our family of six people. It would be impossible for my father to pay my school fee. This scholarship is very important, and will allow me to help my family. After I graduate, I hope to get a job or open a business and help my father support our family.
We are currently fundraising for scholarships, which will be awarded in early Spring 2014, when the new school year begins in Afghanistan. These scholarships will be given to students like Ahmed and Farhad, who as you can see from their stories, cannot afford to pay to attend school. Your donations are helping to change their lives, and the lives of their families. Thank you for your support.
Thank you so much for your support of Creating Hope International’s efforts to give as many poor Afghan students an education as possible. So many exciting things are happening in the private schools that the scholarship students attend. Midterm exams were administered over a month ago, and finals will be taken during December.
The scholarship students attend four private schools, two in Herat Province and two in Kabul province. The first school in Herat province offers preschool through 10th grade and has 569 students who attend the school. The second school offers preschool through fifth grade to a total of 97 students. Both schools in Kabul province offer preschool through 12th grade, with one school serving 226 student and the other serving 409.
It’s been quite an exciting year for the larger school in Herat. First, the school was added to a list of the eight best private schools in the province. Then, much to the delight of the students and staff, the school’s soccer team won a regional soccer tournament! The students were overjoyed at the victory, shouting and dancing in the school's courtyard.
The goalie of this team is actually one of the scholarship students whose attendance at the school you made possible.
Finally, we were able to deliver two small scholarships to the students attending a university in the United States. The funds were very much appreciated, and arrived just in time to help the students purchase books.
Again, thank you for your support of our efforts to provide as many Afghan students with access to quality educational experiences as possible. Lives are being changed because of your generosity.
Creating Hope International
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