This project benefits the community-driven Rahyab School for Children with Disabilities located in Kabul, Afghanistan, where children aged 6 to 18 years receive basic education and vocational training from trained teachers, often with a disability themselves. This school helps filling the lack of assistance to children with disabilities in the public school system, providing this marginalized community the necessary skills to integrate into Afghan's society as active members.
95% of Afghanistan's children with disabilities do not have access to education due to environmental barriers and lack of dedicated facilities. The public system's insufficient resources and the cultural stigma associated with disability further exacerbate the situation. Kabul's Rahyab School plays a vital role in serving this marginalized community; challenges remain high in securing sustainable funding and expanding this model to other regions of the country.
Having developed an academic curriculum as well as vocational courses, the school represents an opportunity for children with disabilities to access education and acquire vital skills. The activities include Braille, computer literacy, music, embroidery, handicrafts, bicycle repairing, sewing and other practical crafts. Action for Development supports the school by providing meals every day to the children attending class, offering a vital support to families living in absolute poverty.
The project helps supporting children with disabilities to ultimately prepare them to achieve self-sufficiency. These children and young adults become active members of society. Action for Development aims at replicating this school model outside of Kabul and reach out to a higher number of children across the country. In addition, we plan on establishing collaborations with the public and private sectors in order to facilitate job placements for graduates of the school.