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The Afghan administration has instituted significant changes in the education system in Afghanistan. Local enforcement of new rules and procedures can vary and our staff are alert to what is required both nationally and locally. One major change is the strict segregation of female and male, with students only taught by same gender teachers and no mixing in hallways, doorways or during recess and lunchtimes.
The new requirements have meant that many of our Learning Centers can no longer provide classes for men and boys. Fortunately, our boys-only Street Children facility is still running and is a vital resource for these youth who have no one else to care for them. This center offers classes in literacy, computing, English, Arabic and painting. Unfortunately, in the year 5 of our centers have closed including, the Kabul computer center which had predominantly boys in the classes. Despite the difficulties, two new LCs opened in the year and we continue to work to open others or reopen ones that have had to suspend operations.
Update on health clinics: Our clinics are stretched to capacity and beyond with thousands of displaced people adding to the usual patient numbers. There is a shortage of medicines and of the Covid vaccine. We have hundreds of people camping outside our facilities but we lack enough food, vitamins, Ensure, Pedialyte to help everyone who needs it. We desperately need funding, food supplements, clean water, hygiene supplies and Covid vaccines. We plan to open two new health clinics in 2022 to help address the need.
AIL Outreach 2021: 23,905 students, 18,132 PPE distributed, 6 health clinics, 50-bed Covid-19 hospital, 95,593 patient treatments, 59,888 health education, 13,050 food aid families served, 22 radio broadcasts daily, 8 hours of TV programs, 12 provinces reached.
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