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Nov 23, 2016

111 Kabul Graduates Plan for College

On November 17, 2016, AAE celebrated its 13th commencement ceremony in Kabul. 111 students graduated this year -- and every single one of them is off to college.

The ceremony took place at the Kabul University auditorium. Government officials, students' family members, teachers, and AAE supporters came together to honor the class of 2016. After Hassina Sherjan, founder of AAE, welcomed everyone, guests listened to speeches from the Minister of Education, a representative from the office of the First Lady of Afghanistan, and a video message from First Lady Rula Ghani herself. Thanks to an agreement between AAE and the Ministry of Education, all graduates received an official, state-certified diploma.

A few words from some special graduates, Firooza and Frozan:

Firooza is 28 years old and has 5 children. She turned to AAE when no other school would accept her because of her age. “I can already feel the difference in the way I talk and discuss with others, compared to when I was illiterate. My life has changed a lot.” She is headed to midwifery school soon to help other women in Afghanistan.

Frozan is 26 years old and has 3 children. Other schools don’t accept married students, so she enrolled with AAE. “Initially, it was very difficult for me to come to school because I had no one to look after my kids. Sometimes I was sitting alone and crying, but those days passed. Thank God I am a graduate. Now, I feel very happy and confident, and can help my children.” She is following her dream of becoming a dentist and is going to dental school.

Frozan has a message for you: “Thank you very much to all those who support AAE. I love you and am really grateful. AAE paved the way for me to change my life.”

You've made our graduates' dreams come true. 100% of our graduates this year are planning to continue their studies and go to college, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you. Thank you for being partners for peace, and happy holidays from everyone at AAE.

Frozan at graduation
Frozan at graduation

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Aug 24, 2016

Our Future Olympians

Salma working out an algebra problem
Salma working out an algebra problem

In light of the recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we decided to feature some of our student athletes! These AAE students are not only dedicated to overcoming obstacles to finish their education, but they're passionate about staying healthy and competing in sports. 

Sports have a tumultuous history in Afghanistan. During years of war, enjoying sports for fun and competition was nearly impossible for many reasons. Even today, female athletes continue to meet resistance. In many parts of Afghanistan, conservative expectations of women dictate they stay inside to cook and clean. Sports and education don't necessarily fit that narrative.  

Yet AAE students never back down from a challenge. Take Kabul students Trina and Salma. Trina, 15, is a 7th grade soccer player who plays recreationally and competitively, practicing almost six hours a week with her teammates. On the other hand, Salma, 16, has fallen in love with taekwondo and has been training for two years. Around her 9th grade course load, she is able to work out three days a week. Like Trina, competing and staying healthy are important to Salma. 

One day, we may see AAE students competing in the Olympics representing their country and people. Until then, we're focusing on giving them the best education possible, which we can't do without your support. For $30 a month, you can sponsor an AAE student like Trina and Salma to make sure she finishes her education and goes on to change the world. 

Trina
Trina
Jun 1, 2016

Anita Azizi: AAE Alum and Midwife

Anita Azizi in her office
Anita Azizi in her office

One of our goals is to empower marginalized Afghan women through education. Educated women give back to their communities in amazing ways-- by boosting the economy, sending their children to school, and improving access to healthcare for their families. In fact, one AAE graduate is doing just that. 

Anita Azizi came to AAE schools out of desperation when she was behind in her studies due to her age. After graduating with a state-certified high school diploma, "I studied what I loved at university," Anita says, sitting in her midwifery office and smiling proudly at her ability to serve her community. She has been a midwife for two years outside of Kabul and love providing women and children with better access to healthcare. 

"I love serving our people, because our country is backwards and women like me are making it better so Afghanistan can stand on its own feet," Anita says. She knows how powerful her impact is, thanks in part to her schooling at Aid Afghanistan for Education. And of course, our programs and Anita's education wouldn't be possible without your support.

We have over 3,000 students in school today with dreams like Anita of becoming doctors, teachers, politicians, mothers, and journalists. Thousands of graduates are scattered throughout Afghanistan already, working daily to make a better world for themselves and their children. All of this is thanks to your dedicated support, for which we are eternally grateful. However, the work isn't quite over yet. By sponsoring a student for $30 a month on GlobalGiving, you can ensure Afghanistan becomes a little more peaceful every day.

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