Apr 23, 2019

Annual Report 2018

Back to school program

Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries in the world; it is estimated that in 2018, 54% of the population was living below the poverty line. 

A country’s poverty indicator is the presence of minors working on the streets. In Afghanistan, 29% of children aged 5 to 17 years old are engaged in child labour. In 2018, nearly half of all school-aged children were not attending school. This represents 3.7 million children, 60% of whom are girls.

The education of children and young adults, representing the men and women of tomorrow, is paramount for a sustainable and peaceful development of the country. 

This is the context in which Action for Development founded, in 2016, the “School for street children” program, driven by the objective of giving children the opportunity of having access to education.

The program aims at providing marginalized children with access to flexible education, extinguishing inequality, poverty and child labour.

By attending the program’s school, children are given the opportunity to learn basic numeracy and literacy skills, as well as to develop social abilities through for example practicing a sport, particularly football; it also enables them to have access to a regular schooling programme in the future. This program contributes to reducing the level of illiteracy among children in Afghanistan.  

Children are selected for the program according to pre-defined criteria: being between the age of 5 and 15 years old, having no access to formal education, and originating from households with little or unstable income. 

Since the beginning of the program in 2016, AfD has opened 3 education centres in Kabul, in 3 different districts: 

-      Kart-e-Char, 3rd District of Kabul: this is one of the biggest neighbourhoods of the city, where many children gather regularly to work; the first school was established in October 2016, with 12 children attending.

-      Baburshah: located in the central area of Kabul, further classrooms were established to cater to the high number of street children. 

-      Khuja Buhgra District: afternoon classes are provided at AfD’s local Health Center in addition to a daily meal. For many of the children attending these classes, it is the first and only meal of the day. 

In addition to the schooling program, children can benefit from access to health services provided at AfD’s Comprehensive Health Centre in Kabul. 

In 2018, AfD’s schooling program went from having enrolled 58 children to 201 children by the end of the year. At the Kart-e-Char’s center alone, AfD was able to provide 16.566 meals to children.

2018 also witnessed the introduction of a sport program: a football field, dry and safe, dedicated for the children to train and play each week; a football coach was hired. An important objective of this programme is raising awareness on the benefits of regular physical activity for children; this would also allow communities to accept girls joining the sports program. 

The schooling programme for 2018 at a glance:

  • 3 schooling centres, 9 classrooms in total;
  • 1 school coordinator, 5 teachers, 1 football coach, 1 cook;
  • 201 children enrolled;
  • 80 boys playing football regularly;
  • 16.566 meals offered at the Kart-e-Char’s center.

 

 Children with disabilities 

Parween Azimi, Founder of the school for children with disabilities:

“The students in our school learn how to use sign language and to communicate with their hands. The fact that people in the community are unable to use sign language, motivates the pupils to attend our school, since they can be in a place where they can be understood and understand others.

With a vocational training, children learn the necessary skills to become self-reliant in the future. It is difficult for persons with disabilities to find employment, even when having knowledge of English or computer science. Many organizations do not trust them because of their disability, in this particular case hearing loss. It is important for us to raise awareness among the community that young adults with disabilities can be capable of assuming regular job roles.

In the next 20 years, we should aim at giving all children of Afghanistan access to education”. 

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Feb 28, 2019

Thank you for your support!

Fighting for the Right to be understood

 

The current situation of education in Afghanistan is crucial, according to a survey by UNICEF 3,5 million children remain out of school and 2.7 million of them are girls. In 2010, another survey from Education Road map identified twelve groups of vulnerable children aged of 7 to 18 years old, including street working children, child soldier etc… Actually, the most vulnerable group amongst them was children with disabilities.

 

In 2005, we notified 2.8 million disabled people in Afghanistan, 96,000 of them are children whom haven’t access to school. They include children with hearing impairment, sight problem, physical impairment, development impairment etc. The disabled people are living in total isolation from society due to lack of communication and comprehension. Parents also are not capable to deal with these problems due to lack of awareness and poverty. 

 

In 2001, the Afghan National Association of Deaf was created to fight for the Right of Deaf people in all aspect of life, education, health, employment, advocacy …Today, disabled children, from very poor families in Kabul, have a structure to welcome them every day to attend lessons from preschool to secondary and high school level education. The school provides them basic education including braille and sign language, as well as food and transportation for children with various types of disabilities.

 

« It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop » - we admire this quote of Robert John Meehan becuase it enourages us to continue our efforts and assistance to the children with disabilities to further improve their level of knowledge and prospects for their future.

 

Our school keeps expanding. During the schooling year of 2018, over 650 children received education at this school (where as initially there were about 400 students).  At the end of the year, 70% of our students obtained a maximum score in their semester-end examinations, leaving the teachers and educators proud and satisfied with the outcomes. During the winter season the school remained closed - as we cannot warm the classrooms. However, we are looking forward towards the new schooling year which will be starting on 21st March 2019. 

 

In addition of the successful school for disabled children, the Afghan National Association of Deaf are developing projects to reinforce the integration of people with disabilities in the active society through Capacity Building, including vocational training after graduation from school, English and computer classes.  

 

We are happy to annouce that the current dictionary of sign language was elaborated by the national committee for sign language, mainly by the school Founder and Coordinator - Ms Parween Nizami. The dictionary that was created about 20 years ago has been further improved and now it includes over 6000 words. The new edition of dictionary is ready to be printed – but still we are looking for some financial support necessary to launch the printing. 

 

Your contributions to the school and education for disabled children will help about 650 children to overcome isolation and depression. Your support will enable them to have smiles on their faces and overcome the difficulties and burden of  silence towards which they are exposed for their whole life.

 

We greatly appreciate your continuous support to the disabled children in Afghanistan.

 

Warm wishes,

Feb 11, 2019

Distribution of heating supply, January 2019

The girl at the door step
The girl at the door step

Project report – January 2019 – Action for Development

We would first of all like to thank everyone who has contributed to our cause. Thanks to your donations, we collected 170 USD from the winterization project on GlobalGiving, as well as an additional 1000 CHF grant (about 1000 USD) from a Swiss commune. With these donations, we were able to help 25 families living in camps, as well as 35 families of street working children who face harsh winter condition.

Distribution of heating material for the winter: we initially started looking for camps with internally displaced people in Kabul city and its surroundings, as they are the most vulnerable to the cold. Because of the cold, some people were sent to government-sponsored shelters, others went to stay with their relatives. Due to insufficient amount we decided not to go out of Kabul city. We were able to identify one camp in Parwan 3, where we further identified 25 families living in very poor conditions or who are female-headed households. We went from tent to tent and from house to house to understand their needs and living conditions. In addition to these 25 families, we identified 30 of our students (25 children from the Baburshah center, 5 children from the Karte 4 center and another 5 children from the Health Facility center) who live in extremely meagre conditions, hence their need to work on the streets to provide for their families. 

We purchased 35 sacks of coals of 52 kilograms (about 115 pounds) each. Each sack of coal cost 1200 Afghanis (about 16 USD).

  • For the street working children and their families, we made a list of all their names and gave each family a card with which they could directly go to the supplier and receive heating supply.   
  • For the families in the camp, we transported the heating supplies to the camp and distributed it there.

We talked with and interviewed some of the families we helped in order to have an idea of the conditions in which they live and the difficulties they face each day. Nasreen is a widow who lives with her only son in a tent. They have to beg each day to make a living.

Noor is a widower who became disabled after losing both his legs. He has three children who have no choice but to work in the streets on most days, otherwise they go to bed hungry. Sometimes, the neighbors share the little food they have with them. From the testimonies of these two family heads as well as many others who we were able to talk to, we realized that help is needed for them to cover their basic needs and survive. Once again, we thank everyone who has donated to our cause for the assistance they have been able to provide for the families who need it the most.

There are thousands of families who now are living in bitterly cold winter conditions with no electricity, food, water. Elderly, women and children are most pron to hypotermia, which eventually leads to death among the children under 5 years old. They need immediate life-saving support.

We thank you for your trust in AfD and support that you provide to the people in need.

 
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