Afghanistan has a female literacy rate just shy of 25% (Source: CIA Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/af.html). That means that three out of four Afghan girls above the age of 15 cannot read and write. The goal of this project is to change that statistic and to give Afghan girls a fighting chance.
Books are a significant step in that direction. They open a door to a new world for students. In Afghanistan, teachers are stretched thin and not always fully educated themselves, students don't often get the opportunity to travel outside their city or province, and access to the internet is limited at best. The books that you've provided for these girls is invaluable.
Consider the story of Shekeri:
"Our school had innumerable problems and every term we faced hardship. We didn’t have chairs, books or even a proper classroom. We were studying in small classrooms that had been destroyed with time and the war, which impeded our ability to learn. When it rained, our classroom would fill with water and so we could no longer study and were forced to leave. We would frequently fall ill. We could only resume our lessons when it was sunny out. We were constantly facing problems and now we so happy that Sahar has come to help. Equipped with chairs and abundant books our ability to study has vastly improved. But we do still have a shortage, we desperately would like a computer lab with chairs and some other things. With inexhaustible thanks and kind wishes."
Shekeri's story sheds light on the challenges that face Afghan girls as they pursue an education. However, the story also shows the deep passion that Afghan girls hold for their own advancement. Thank you for supporting their passion and thank you for your kind donation to this project.
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