Sahar creates quality educational opportunities in Afghanistan that empower and inspire children and their families to build peaceful, just and life-affirming communities. On November 10, one of our projects, a model girls' school in Mazar-i-Sharif, suffered significant window damage from a suicide attack on the German consulate, approximately 1 km away. Sahar believes that the best way to counter the Taliban is to provide educational opportunities for Afghan children, especially girls.
The damaged school, Gohar Khotan, is operated by the Ministry of Education, is an important symbol of hope and opportunity to its 3,000+ female students, grades K thru 12, teachers, administrators, parents, the Ministry and the people of Mazar-i-Sharif. This microproject will demonstrate our continued support for Afghan girls' education in the face of heightened threats to security. All funds raised will be used to replace the broken windows with blast-resistant glass.
A well built, functioning school provides a healthy and safe environment for a community's children, and a place where they learn the skills they need to become productive and peaceful adults. Many school buildings have been constructed in Afghanistan in recent years. But a building alone does not make a school. To be successful, it must be supplied, have qualified teachers, be fully supported by its community, and become fully sustained by its community. That's our long-term goal.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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