Already coming from one of the most underserved and disadvantaged segments of Afghan society, our students are at greater risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without tuition, independent schools are at risk of having to close permanently. We are planning to provide emergency aid packages for students, their families, teachers and staff, to see them through to the other side of this crisis. The package includes one sack of flour, mineral-rich grains, cooking oil, and soap for each family.
Over 55 percent of Afghan population live on less than $2/day. The lockdown as a result of COVID-19 has added immense pressure on the most vulnerable people and the institutions that serve them. Schools aren't able to pay salaries for faculty and staff due to closures, as salaries are based on tuition. For instance, our largest partner, Marefat High School with its 210 faculty & staff and 3200 student population, is facing collapse.
Though the situation is dire, the solution is very attainable. Our goal is provide a small stipend for the most basic needs for especially needy students, as well as faculty and staff, in order to avoid permanent school closure. The aid package provides the basic subsistence and hygiene for each family until the end of the lockdown period (projected as 3 months as of 4/6/20). The package includes one sack of flour, mineral-rich grains, cooking oil, and hand-washing soap.
The aid package will help faculty, staff, students and their families overcome this extraordinarily difficult period so that school can resume once the crisis has abated. Due to the widespread poverty and lack of any public social security support, our students and the educators are under increased risks. The package provides them the basic subsistence and hygiene needs and help them observe lockdown and social distancing, stay hygienic and avoid extra exposure to the risks of infection.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).