Education for children with disabilities in Kabul

by Action for Development (AfD)
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul
Education for children with disabilities in Kabul

Any crisis – whether health-related, conflict or natural disaster – results in increased food insecurity and pushes many people closer to hunger and famine. In 2021, Afghanistan was declared by the UN and WFP to face one of the worst famines in a long time - not only due to armed conflict and the outcomes of the pandemic, but also due to recent droughts in the western part of the country. 

To work on this and alleviate the struggle for many, during the first weeks of Ramadan (the Holy Month), AfD mobilised funds through local traders/businessmen under the name of Zakat. One of the five Pillars of Islam, Zakat is the compulsory giving of a portion of one's wealth to charity or those in need. Through this Zakat, or donation, a group of local businessman provided their aid to AfD to support the distribution of food for students and their families.

This action mobilised 7,000 USD for the school for Children with Disabilities and supported a total of 672 families who received 1 sack of 10kg rice each. 

COVID-19 is now pushing hunger to devastating levels, which has implications for peace. This year, the number of people facing deadly levels of food-insecurity will double to 265 million people, according to the WFP.  Hunger and famine are often key drivers of conflict, as desperation can force people to grab readily-available resources in order to survive. This also affects the nutritional status of infants, young children, pregnant mothers, and teenagers - all of which, for different motives face challenges to get their adequate daily food requirements.

AfD supports 600 children through the "School for Children with Disabilities" to access education, and through these schools establish a better future for themselves and their families. To learn well, our children and youth need to eat well. Nutrition plays a key role in the healthy development of our children and youth. Nutritious foods provide our body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, stay healthy and learn. 

Each child deserves the right to food. 10$ donated by you can provide a sack of 10g of rice for a family in need.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous donors, friends and supporters. It is with your support that we can continue providing vital assitance to the most marginalized communities in Afghanistan. Under these exceptional circumstances, children at the Rahyab school need your support more than ever!

With warm regards,

The Team at AfD 

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Dear supporters,

Action for Development would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones, a healthy and peaceful new year 2021!

The Rahyab School for Children with Disabilities is currently closed for the winter break. The school is set to re-open in March 2021 and we need your support!

Last year, due to lack of funding, and the global health emergency also affecting Afghanistan, Action for Development was unable to support the school with the usual provision of meals to the children attending class. Thank to an emergency COVID-19 appeal, Action for Development was able to distribute food items to the families of the children at the Rahyab School in July 2020.

This year we remain hopeful for the project to be fully funded and for Action for Development to be able to provide meals to the children attending the Rahyab School from re-opening in March until the end of 2021.

At the same time, Action for Development, has looked into the possibility of replicating the Rahyab School in other areas of Afghanistan. We have identified potential students and surveyed their needs in the Province of Kapisa, where a teacher has been identified and trained. Due to heavy snowfall in December, the opening of a new facility has been put on hold. We intend on starting classes as soon as the weather condition improves, most probably at the end of February 2021.

We thank you for your continued support towards this project, tt is with the generosity of our donor community that we can make sure we continue to support the most marginalized communities in Afghanistan. We will provide more details on the opening of the new facility in the Province of Kapisa as well as the re-opening of the Rahyab School in the upcoming months.

For now, we extend to you our warmest regards,

The Team at AfD

(Photo of Panjshir Province @AfD 2020)

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The coronavirus was confirmed to have spread to Afghanistan when the authorities in Herat confirmed the first case on 24 February 2020. On 27 March, it was announced that the capital, Kabul, would undergo lockdown for three weeks, including the closure of schools. The lockdown was then extended until 21 May, where restrictive measures started to ease.

For more than 2 months, children of the Rahyab school did not attend classes. By not attending school, children were not able to receive food assistance. Action for Development has been supporting the Rahyab school since 2011 by providing meals to the children. 

In May 2020, AfD was finally able to arrange a food delivery for the children and their families. The distribution of food took place at the Rahyab school.

Children are expected to return to school as soon as the restrictive measures imposed by the global health emergency can be eased. AfD expects between 400 and 600 children to return to the Rahyab school on a daily basis.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous donors, friends and supporters. It is with your support that we can continue providing vital assistance to the most marginalized communities in Afghanistan. Under these exceptional circumstances, children at the Rahyab school need your support more than ever!

With warm regards,

The Team at AfD

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Dear friends and donors,

95% of Afghanistan's children with disabilities do not have access to education due to environmental barriers and lack of dedicated facilities.

Action for Development supports the community-driven Rahyab School in Kabul, Afghanistan, which provides education to children with disabilities aged 6 to 18.

The 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.

Action for Development supports the school by providing meals to the children enrolled; closed for the winter period, the school is expected to re-open as of the 21st of March 2020 with about 850 children attending classes.

In order to continue supporting the school, Action for Development calls on our kind donor community to contribute to make it possible! Every donation counts!

If you would like more information on this project please visit our website at: http://www.actfordev.org.

On behalf of the team at AfD, we thank you for your generosity and extend to you our warmest regards,

Action for Development

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In 2005, the most recent year with data available for disability statistics in Afghanistan – approximately 2.7% of the population had severe disabilities and this jumped to 4.7% when less severe disabilities were also considered. Disability is highly stigmatized in Afghanistan, with disability bias accounting for why most children and especially girls with disabilities face exclusion and stigmatization. Because of these stigmas most children with disabilities in Afghanistan are not educated (USAID, 2018).

The founder of the Rahyab School for children with disabilities located in Kabul, Parwin Azimi (an expert of sign and Brail language, and the author of Afghanistan’s sign dictionary) mentioned that over 75% of children with disabilities do not attend school. Lack of awareness and support at the country’s decision-making level has lead to minimal infrastructure at health centres or schools for children with disabilities.

AfD is proud of its collaboration with the Rahyab School, where it supports education programmes for nearly 650 children with hearing impairment. In accordance with our organization’s goal of “healthy families, empowered communities”, we provide food for the children and their families as an incentive to allowing children to attend the school.

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to thank all our donors for their kind support and we hope for the year 2020 to continue supporting children's education in Afghanistan with your help!

Wishing you and your families a prosperous and healthy New Year,

The Team at AfD

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