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
It is our pleasure to update you on the progress of Creating Hope International’s (CHI) efforts to provide scholarships to deserving students in Afghanistan. Your donations, coupled with donations from others, have helped fund 26 scholarships for Afghan students thus far in 2013!!
We would love to introduce you individually to Fawzia and Zainab and Fariba and Daoud and all of their friends and colleagues…but it would be too long…so you can see a lot of their shining faces in the collage above and, below, we will introduce you to Fawzia in this report and others in our following reports.
Fawzia is 16 and has two sisters. When asked what this scholarship meant to her, she replied, “My father is addicted to drugs and cannot work. My mother does washing and cleaning at our neighbors houses to earn money, but it is not enough to pay for tuition or the supplies I need to attend school. I am so thankful for this scholarship and the chance to go to school. This opportunity has changed my life. I am going to help my family and my community in the future.”
Fawzia is one of the twenty recipients of scholarships for girls attending private schools in Herat and Kabul, Afghanistan. These scholarships are providing the students with tuition, books, supplies and school uniforms, and allowing the students to receive a high quality education that they would not otherwise have access to.
Two Afghan students, a girl and a boy, are studying on full scholarships at universities in the United States. Unfortunately, the university scholarships do not include funding for books and personal expenses. Our scholarships helped the students pay for books, travel and other expenses related to their education. Both students intend to return home to help to rebuild their country after they graduate.
Four scholarships have been awarded to young men studying at universities in Afghanistan. One young man is studying business administration at Bakhter University in Kabul. The second is studying law and political science at Kabul University. The other young men are both studying at Herat University; one is studying law and political science and the other is studying dentistry.
All of these scholarships are truly transforming lives. By providing the students with the opportunity to learn, you help to open their minds and change their futures. Many of these students have expressed an interest in finding ways to help their families, communities and even their country when they complete school. Perhaps by helping one student to grow and learn, you are helping a whole nation.
The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently
To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post!
Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news!
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