Three friends show their enthusiasm for learning.
I am thrilled to share our first progress report for Bring A Daycare To Balkh Province, Afghanistan. As a result of your support, combined with gifts from several small family foundations, we have established a child development center in Balkh Province equipped with educational supplies, respected teachers and 39 eager children ready to learn. The children all have mothers that work on carpet looms based in their nearby homes. This project will enable the women to concentrate on their handiwork, thus earning more income, while their little ones are in a safe and nurturing environment.
UNICEF estimates that a third of all school-age children work in Afghanistan, and the International Organization for Migration reports that trafficking is on the rise, particularly targeting young boys and girls for carpet weaving. An early intervention like daycare, especially in so-called “source” communities for traffickers, is absolutely critical.
After just the first few weeks of the daycare, the Head Master has reported 100% attendance and at the end of each day, the children do not want to go home because they love it there so much. The staff provides nutritious meals, which for the majority of these kids, is the heartiest food they will eat all day. As the colder months approach, we continue to seek operating resources to ensure that the kids will have hot meals and a warm place to learn and play over the winter.
The local community deeply appreciates the initial work and investment. Kabir, our social programs coordinator in Afghanistan, tells us that teachers and parents report seeing a positive change in the children already. He joyfully told us that he’s “never seen beneficiaries so happy with such small efforts.”
On behalf of all the children served by this project, thank you for helping these “small efforts” have huge returns. Your support is truly transforming young lives.
Beth Gottschling Huber
A daycare attendee awaits the start of her day.
Fully satisfied from her healthy meal at daycare.