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Dec 2, 2019

Bamyan Foundation 2019 - 3rd Quarter Report

Students at Marefat High School
Students at Marefat High School

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We thank you for your ongoing support of Bamyan Foundation! On the eve of this holiday season, we are delighted to share with you the 3rd. Quarter progress reports that we have just received from all of our partner schools in Afghanistan. Reports show that, most of our students had perfect attendance during this past quarter. Majority of the students did well in the midterm exams, and some passed with the highest grades. Below are a few students' personal stories, their educational journeys, and future goals that we have received from each of the schools.

At Marefat: We would like to introduce you to a couple students: Hanifa who comes from a low-income family of seven. She is in 6th grade at Marefat and earned 6th place in her class in the midterm exams. She is passionate about sciences and aims to pursue a degree in economics after finishing high school. Hawa is another ambitious 10th grade student at Marefat. She enjoys biology and history. Coming from a financially poor family, her father works as a janitor at one of the schools in the area. Hawa's future goal is to become a doctor.

In the last quarter's report, we were informed about two students who had dropped out of classes. We followed up with Marefat to find out more about their whereabouts. It has been confirmed to us that both students, Razia and Zaki, moved to other schools. They did not participate in the midterm exams. We are in communication with the school to determine reallocation of funds that were given to these students.

From Rahnaward: Ruqia shared her and her twin sister's story. The twin sisters are 11 years old, but this is their first year in school. Due to their older age, the school has placed them in 3rd grade and help them outside of regular class times, so they can catch up with their peers. The twin sisters lost their father before they were even born and their mother had been unable to enroll them in school due to financial challenges. They learned about Bamyan Foundation's scholarship opportunity through their neighbor. Considering that they have just started school this year, we were informed that they are making significant progress in reading and writing. They walk to school an hour each way every day, and help their aging mother with house chores both before and after school. They are grateful for the opportunity to get an education and hope for a better future.

Mostafa, a 9th grade student at Rahnaward, has shared his heartbreaking story of losing his father and his own self-determination in the face of such loss that is inspiring at the same time. Mostafa has been attending Rahnaward since last year. His father was in the Afghan National Army's Special Forces Unit to serve his country and to support his family of six. Unfortunately, earlier this year, he lost his life in a roadside bomb explosion. Mostafa remembers his father consistently encouraging him to study hard, and his promise to him that he would. Since the loss of his father, Mostafa, in addition to attending school, has taken on the responsibility to support his family by working in a chicken shop. He hates war and hopes for peace. His future goal is to become a medical doctor and treat people, particularly veterans who served alongside his father, and those who continue to serve.

From Baba: We would like to share Fatema's, a 10 year old 4th grade student, story. Fatema joined Baba in the spring of 2016. Like most of these students, Fatema also comes from a financially poor family. She failed the exams in her first semester, but has since studied hard and earned high grades. She actively participates in student activities, and is a member of the morning singing group. In this past quarter, she has been one of the top students in her class. Her goal is to become a doctor in the future and support women and girls in rural communities.

Asad is another talented student at Baba supported by Bamyan Foundation. He lost his father at the age of five and lives with his mother and three siblings. His mother works as a cook for a family. He is one of the top students in his class. Beside his regular classes, Asad studies English as well to find a better educational opportunity in the future.

Arezo, a 11th year student at Baba, in the midterm exams earned one of the highest grades among her peers. She is a smart and creative girl, and a member of the school's Creative Youth Team. She also speaks English and is an active member of Baba's social and cultural committees. Arezo is a candidate to participate in a youth conference in Canada in 2020.

At ROYA: Nearly all of our child laborer students had perfect attendance during the third quarter. They have been making significant progress in their studies, and we are thrilled to share that they are enjoying their learning journey as well. Hamidullah, a 4th grade student at Royesh Private School, in spite of missing several days of school after breaking his leg in the first half of the year, has been a strong student with an average of 85% on his midyear exams. He was one of three students chosen by the Royesh School Director to be presented with the Rising Star Award at ROYA’s 3rd anniversary celebration – honoring him for his hard work, determination, and remarkable progress.

We hope that these updates and stories inspire you as much as they inspire us. Once again, we express our gratitude for your generosity and continued kindness that enable us to extend Bamyan Foundation's support to those who are most vulnerable. With the support and encouragement of donors like yourselves, these children have been able to achieve milestones that were otherwise beyond their reach!

The Bamyan Foundation

Ruqia - Student at Rahnaward
Ruqia - Student at Rahnaward
Mostafa - Student at Rahnaward
Mostafa - Student at Rahnaward
Students  at ROYA
Students at ROYA
Aug 30, 2019

Bamyan Foundation 2019 - 2nd Quarter Report

Marefat Students Cleaning Trash
Marefat Students Cleaning Trash

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of Bamyan Foundation! As we continue to make progress with our projects through our partner schools in Afghanistan, we feel that keeping you informed of how your generous support helps us in making a crucial difference in the lives of underprivileged children is an important part of our mission.

This quarter, we are eager to share with you that Bamyan Foundation supported students at all of our partner schools are striving to make progress in their academics. This past week, we have received updates from all of our of partner schools thatour students have recently completed their mid-term exams. Attendance rates remain at 90% and higher for most of our students at each of the schools with the exception of a few days of sick leave for a few of them.

From Marefat: Rabia, a 12th grade student, who is expected to graduate end of this year, has shared with us her goals beyond graduation. She is planning to study politics while also pursuing photography and filming, skills she has learned at Marefat, and frequently practiced them as part of her extracurricular activities atthe school events. While at Marefat, she has also worked as Marefat Radio announcer, which she wants to pursue beyond high school.

Of the students Bamyan Foundation has helped support at Marefat, two have dropped out during the 2nd quarter. We have been informed by Marefat's administrative coordinator that one of these studentsmay have changed schools, but the other one's whereabouts remains unclear.

Students at Marefat not only focus on making progress in their academic endeavors, but they also participate in initiatives concerning their local communities. Earlier in June, our students participated in Marefat’s initiative, "Cleaning the Trash Campaign" in and around their community. "Cleaning the Trash Campaign" was initiated by Marefat Students’ Environmental Group intended to teach students that caring for their communities and keeping the environment clean is an essential part of being a responsible member of their communities.

From Rahnaward: Layiq, a 6th grade student, has shared his personal story with us. He comes from a family of 12. His father, who has never had an opportunity to get education, is a farmer and works hard to support his family by growing barley, potatoes, and wheat. The father’s own illiteracy has motivated him to do everything in his abilities to enroll his children in school. Layiq has told us, that "Bamyan Foundation's financial support has opened the door to my future, and I do my best to fully benefit from this opportunity." Among other school subjects, Layiq also pays special attention to his English class aiming to become a fluent English speaker in the future so he can pursue his higher education outside Afghanistan. He aspires to ultimately become a physician and serve his community.

Additionally, Sabera and Shukria, both 5th grade studentsat Rahnaward, who come from similarly poor financial backgrounds, have conveyed to us that they are thrilled about the opportunity to study at Rahnaward. These two students also envision similar future goals, and have told us that they are working hard to make the most of their scholarships and become "good" people in the future to serve others in need, just like the Bamyan Foundation supporting them.

From Baba: we have received updates on Mahnaz, 4th grade, and Najma, 3rd grade, who again come from similarly financially poor backgrounds. In Mahnaz's case, her mother is the only breadwinner working as a cook in an office with minimal income that hardly meets her family's needs. Mahnaz herself is a brilliant little girl with high interest in English and Math. She also participates in her school's morning programs as an announcer. Najma, on the other hand, is interested in science and wishes to work for the government and serve her people in the future.

From ROYA: we are delightedto share that four of our eight students at ROYA were recently identified by their school’s principle to receive awards during ROYA's 3rd anniversary celebration in mid-August. Ezzatullah was awarded for his exceptional talent in reciting poems. Hamidullah received the "Rising Star Award" for his hard work, determination, and tremendous progress. When Hamidullah first joined the ROYA mentorship program, he was very weak academically. Now, he is competing for the top positions in his class demonstrating a remarkable progress. Fatima and Rahmatullah received the "Great Progress Award" for being active, creative and demonstrating rapid progress.

We hope that these updates from the field inspire you as much as they have inspired us. Once again, we thank you for your continued generosity which enables us to extend Bamyan Foundation's support to those in need and make a difference in the lives of children, particularlythose facing numerous challenges to include personal, financial and security in conflict driven countries like Afghanistan.

The Bamyan Foundation

Layiq, Rahnaward Student
Layiq, Rahnaward Student
Sabira, Rahnaward Student
Sabira, Rahnaward Student
Shukria, Rahnaward Student
Shukria, Rahnaward Student
Jun 3, 2019

Bamyan Foundation 2019 - 1st Quarter Report

Farzana
Farzana

Dear Friends and Supporters,

First, we thank you for your continued support of Bamyan Foundation and share with you our students' 1st quarterly progress report for 2019 academic year. Second, we are very pleased to also share with you that, with the help of your generous donations, we have provided 84 additional scholarships to students at our partner schools in Afghanistan. This brings the total number of scholarships we are providing this year to 164, which is slightly over 50% increase from the total number of scholarships (80) we provided in 2018. Similar to last year, we are continuing our partnerships with Baba, Marefat, and Rahnaward High Schools, and the ROYA Mentorship Program. Below are some additional details on our scholarship recipients and a few examples of the students' educational journeys at each of the schools.

Baba High School: this year, we are supporting a total of 23 students, 9 male and 14 female, at Baba. Thus far, they report perfect attendance and pursue their education with enthusiasm. Arezu's story is one example of our scholarship recipients’ progress at Baba. Like many of our students, Arezu comes from a poor family background. An 11thgrade student, she lost her father when she was a little child. Her mother is illiterate and works as a cook at the school. Her monthly salary equates to around $65-70 with which she supports Arezu and her siblings. Arezu is a talented girl. She practices creativity in her school work. Her favorite subjects are English, Math and Science. Arezu envisions herself as a future politician who will work to improve women's education in Afghanistan.

Marefat High School: we are providing a total of 44 scholarshipsto students at Marefat, nearly double the number of scholarships we provided in 2018. Our scholarship recipients include 20 male and 24 female students. In the 1st quarter, all, but 2 of our students are reporting nearly perfect attendance. We are intent to follow up with Marefat regarding the remaining 2 students with inconsistent attendance reports to identify the cause and monitor their progress as they move forward. Pakiza, an 11thgrade student at Marefat, is a brilliant example of our students’ educational progress. She came among the top 15 students in her class at the end of 2018 academic year. Pakiza is interested in Math and Physics. After finishing high school, she is determined to get into engineering school and become a civil engineer in the future. In addition to her academic endeavors, Pakiza is involved in extracurricular activities to include singing and martial arts. She is a member of Marefat's singing group and a member of the Sound of Afghanistan music band. She also trains in Taekwondo.

Rahnaward High School: students at Rahnaward comprise the largest number of our scholarship recipients this year compared to the number of students at our other partner schools. We are providing scholarships to a total of 88 students at Rahnaward with the majority being female. All of our students report nearly perfect attendance, and are eager to pursue their education.

Farzana, the eldest daughter of a 7-member family, is an 8th grade student at Rahnaward. Her father was a construction worker through which he supported his family. Unfortunately, last year, during a fight between the government forces and a local militia commander in the area, Farzana's father was caught in the conflict and lost his eye. He is now unable to make ends meet. Before the start of the school year, he told Farzana about his inability to support Farzana's tuition. Farzana was greatly disappointed until she found out about Bamyan’s scholarship opportunity enabling her to continue her education. Farzana's favorite subjects are Biology and Chemistry. She wishes to become a physician in the future. She also has great drawing skills and loves drawing pigeons which in her culture signifies peace. Her memories of war and her father's injury as a result of that have strengthened Farzana's resolve for peace and stability in Afghanistan. She wishes for peace so she can continue her education, which would in turn enable her to support others in the future.

Ahmad, a 2ndgrade student, is from a distant and severely impoverished village in Lal-wa-Sarjangal District, Ghor Province, Afghanistan. He comes from a family of 7 and her parents are farmers through which they struggle to support themselves and their 5 children. Ahmad's father always wanted to enroll him in school, but due to his poor financial situation, he had not been able to do that until his friends informed him about Bamyan's scholarship program at Rahnaward. He then sought his relatives' help with finding a place for Ahmad so he could move from the village to the district center where he would be at a manageable distance to attend the school. Bamyan's support enabled Ahmad to enroll at Rahnaward in 2018, and he has successfully made it to 2nd grade this year. In last year's Final exams, Ahmad became the first position holder in his class. Ahmad wishes to become a teacher in the future and teach the children in his home village, where there is hardly anyone literate. He enjoys studying Dari, drawing, and the class on “Life Skills.”

ROYA Mentorship Program: this year,we continue our support to 8 former child laborers and added a new student for a total of 9, 6 male and 3 female, at ROYA. Overall, these students continue to make progress in their education. In the 1st quarter, all but one of them had perfect attendance. Rahmatullah’s attendance has been poor, but the school has been monitoring him to see if they should keep him in the program. On the bright side, Zainab, who attended special education classes during last winter, is now in 10th grade at Royesh Private High School. She earned high grades (two As and one B) at the end of the winter sessions. In addition to her regular school studies, she attends English and Pashto classes conducted by senior ROYA students. While Zainab appears to struggle academically after missing several years of school and attending among the worst schools in Kabul prior to that, her persistent efforts and perfect attendance demonstrate that she treasures the opportunity of having returned to school. Prior to receiving Bamyan’s scholarship, she was stuck at home weaving carpets while all her brothers and younger sister went to school. Her parents believed that a 6th grade education was enough. Watching Zainab’s progress, her parents appear to have a new appreciation for her.The school director has stated that, "Zainab possess strong skills, but she lacks confidence which affects her participation in class compared to other students. However, her teachers work with her to improve her self-confidence and help her become more comfortable socially."

We thank you again for your continued support of Bamyan Foundation. As this report demonstrates, the majority of the students we support with your generous donations are facing financial, emotional and sometimes even physical, in the case of child laborers, hardships. We hope that their stories and the progress they are making as a result of our collective efforts inspire you as much as they have inspired us. We kindly ask that you share these stories with others in your networks. The more support we receive, the more students we can help pull out of child labor or other dire circumstances, and provide them educational opportunities, which is any child’s basic right.

Ahmad
Ahmad
Students at Marefat High School
Students at Marefat High School
 
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