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Jul 15, 2019

New Beginnings in Kabul

Warm greetings from Kabul!
Right now, we are in the preliminary stages of getting the paper work done to open two new schools in Kabul. Soon we'll focus on mobilizing students and meeting with communities to make sure everyone is ready and excited to have a new school in their neighborhood.
These schools will benefit hundreds of students like Rayhana, a 28-year-old 12th-grader at one of our other Kabul schools. She left school in 9th grade to take care of her sick mother for eight years. When her mother passed away, Rayhana was responsible for her three younger siblings. She tried to return to a public school, but since she had missed so many years, the school would not let her enroll. And so she turned to AAE. 
Now, Rayhana is nearing graduation and works as a tailor to support seven children, including her nieces and nephews she became responsibel for after her sister died. 
She is one of AAE's top students and is looking to continue her studies to make a better living for her family.  She is very strong and said, "I have to have hope and be strong. I have lots of responsibilities."  
She is graduating this year and we are working with the Karzai Foundation to support Rayhana's higher education.  
Thank you for your support to start new schools in Kabul! 
Jun 21, 2019

Celebrating 130 new graduates in Kabul

It's that time of year again! Aid Afghanistan for Education and our community in Kabul just celebrated graduation for 130 students. I've added some of our favorite photos from the ceremony, but you can view all photos on Facebook.

During the ceremony, we were privileged to hear from a member of Kabul's Ministry of Education, member of parliament Shinkai Karokhail, and even a graduate's brother. All three of them spoke to the importance of educating women, especially mothers, and how AAE's programs are serving women who are otherwise excluded from formal education. You can view a short video of the ceremony speeches here (in Dari).

We're proud to say that these students will be promoting peace in Afghanistan, no matter how they choose to spend their next few years. Some will go to university, others will study to become teachers or midwives, and many will ensure their children study, learn, and grow safely. Together, we will make Afghanistan more peaceful, one graduate at a time. 

Thank you for all you've done to support AAE's students and quest for peace in Afghanistan. We're so grateful to have you by our side.

Mar 25, 2019

The strength of Afghan students

Mariam
Mariam

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of Aid Afghanistan for Education's schools and students. Times are turbulent in Afghanistan, but it brings our team comfort knowing we can count on your support. Today, I'd like to introduce you to two students who have overcome monumental challenges to pursue education.

First, meet Mariam. At 35 years old, she's attending 12th grade - her final year - at an AAE school in Kabul. Not so long ago, Mariam was unable to attend school because her brothers and father wouldn't allow her. They didn't believe it was necessary for women to go to school. Before she knew it, she was engaged to her cousin, and that marriage quickly turned abusive. After her husband died, she returned to her parents' home. 

Mariam's father abused her as well, and she became depressed because her in-laws took her children when her husband died. Finally, after Mariam's father died, she discovered AAE and went back to school. Her two children returned to her, and the three of them rented a room together. Mariam cleans houses when she's not at school to support her children. Despite her challenges, she enjoys school and learning, and is looking forward to getting a better job to provide for her family. 

Maneeja is another Kabul student. At 23 years old, she's studying in 10th grade. She's returning to school after seven years after her father forced her to work to help support her family. Maneeja originally tried to return to a public government school, but they told her she could not study there since she had been gone so long. Evening school was the only option, but that was not possible since women should not be out of the house that late alone.

After that, Maneeja learned about AAE schools, and attends school in secret. If her father finds out, he will force her to quit. Maneeja still sews in the evenings to earn income for her family. 

Both Mariam and Maneeja have overcome seemingly impossible family challenges to go to school. We're so proud to offer them accelerated, quality education so they can learn, engage in civil society, educate their families and children, and contribute to a peaceful Afghan future. Thank you for all you do to support students like Mariam and Maneeja - we couldn't do it without you.

And finally, happy New Year! Afghanistan celebrated Nowruz, Persian New Year, during the spring solstice on March 20. May each and every one of you have a new year filled with light, peace, and prosperity. 

Maneeja
Maneeja
 
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