UNICEF identifies Afghanistan to be “the worst place to be born in the world”, this is especially true for a girl child. Afghan children are subjected to extreme poverty, violence and prosecution under different names. Their situation is critical from many perspectives: child labour and working on the streets, lack of access to education, lack of access to healthcare, malnutrition, forced marriages etc. When these problems are being faced generally by all Afghan children, specific groups of children, i.e. disabled children, are even being further isolated by the communities and their own families.
Action for Development focuses on strengthening the child right to education and health, with a special focus on disabled and disadvantaged children. Our school, where nearly 450 disabled children receive daily education has been a success up to-date.
Understanding the need of their growing bodies, AfD stresses on proper nutrition to these kids. Thanks for the donations received from the Global Giving during 2016 (USD236) and our committed private donations from friends and supporters of AfD, we provided food for the lunch of these kids.
A monthly requirement of the food provision to the school students amounts to an average of USD850/month. Since nutrition remains our priority area we were unable to focus on other areas (such as provision of books, notebooks, teaching support, uniforms). This was because majority of the disabled kids who attend the school are coming from very poor families where there are more than 4 kids in their family, so with the little earning their parents make as a security guard, mason, vegetable or fruit selling on the streets etc., they are unable to feed the whole family; and the food that they receive at the school is mostly the only daily food portion they get.
Afghanistan is a country with thousands of orphans. Especially girl child is less favored in many families. When they are disabled – it further provokes parents to abandon them and leave them in orphanages. With our support to the school of disabled children in Afghanistan, we also aim to provide an incentive to the parents by keeping them happy about the progress their children make in the school in learning communication skills and giving them a hope for their future.
Your support to AfD is a support to humanity, to care, to child right. With your support, we are eliminating the barriers to education for disabled children. AfD remains committed to ensuring that the disabled children irrespective of their gender will have access to education. We understand that education is the only way to bring sustainable peace not only into the families of disabled children but also to the country.
With your donations, you show appreciation for the countless kindness and care you feel towards those unprivileged children. With the end of the year approaching, we remain hopeful that you would remember us and extend your support and give to charity.