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

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Dear AfD Friend,

On 29th November 2016 Global Giving through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching all donations made that day by 50%.

There’s still a lot to be done for the women and children of Afghanistan and for that we need your support. Please go to www.globalgiving.org and support any of our projects and have the Impact Doubled.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest thanks for your recent donation to Action for Development projects. Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial and moral support needed to continue our mission in Afghanistan.

Best regards,

Action for Development

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Dear Supporters,

UNICEF identifies Afghanistan to be “the worst place to be born in the world”, this is especially true for a girl child. Afghan children are subjected to extreme poverty, violence and prosecution under different names. Their situation is critical from many perspectives: child labour and working on the streets, lack of access to education, lack of access to healthcare, malnutrition, forced marriages etc. When these problems are being faced generally by all Afghan children, specific groups of children, i.e. disabled children, are even being further isolated by the communities and their own families.

Action for Development focuses on strengthening the child right to education and health, with a special focus on disabled and disadvantaged children. Our school, where nearly 450 disabled children receive daily education has been a success up to-date.

Understanding the need of their growing bodies, AfD stresses on proper nutrition to these kids. Thanks for the donations received from the Global Giving during 2016 (USD236) and our committed private donations from friends and supporters of AfD, we provided food for the lunch of these kids.

A monthly requirement of the food provision to the school students amounts to an average of USD850/month. Since nutrition remains our priority area we were unable to focus on other areas (such as provision of books, notebooks, teaching support, uniforms). This was because majority of the disabled kids who attend the school are coming from very poor families where there are more than 4 kids in their family, so with the little earning their parents make as a security guard, mason, vegetable or fruit selling on the streets etc., they are unable to feed the whole family; and the food that they receive at the school is mostly the only daily food portion they get.

Afghanistan is a country with thousands of orphans. Especially girl child is less favored in many families. When they are disabled – it further provokes parents to abandon them and leave them in orphanages. With our support to the school of disabled children in Afghanistan, we also aim to provide an incentive to the parents by keeping them happy about the progress their children make in the school in learning communication skills and giving them a hope for their future.

Your support to AfD is a support to humanity, to care, to child right. With your support, we are eliminating the barriers to education for disabled children. AfD remains committed to ensuring that the disabled children irrespective of their gender will have access to education. We understand that education is the only way to bring sustainable peace not only into the families of disabled children but also to the country.

With your donations, you show appreciation for the countless kindness and care you feel towards those unprivileged children. With the end of the year approaching, we remain hopeful that you would remember us and extend your support and give to charity.

Thank you.

Best regards,

AfD's team

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Parween Azimi discussing the trainign material
Parween Azimi discussing the trainign material

As a part time volunteer consultant, Parween Azimi, hopes to provide technical support as well as inspiration to the young disabled children and teens at the disabled school of Kabul. Parween is inspiring the kids to keep their hope for better future, through acquiring literacy and numeracy education at the school, and learning the communication language.

“It is very important to understand what they are saying as well as to make them understand what do we say”, says Parween. “good communication is key to success, and we teach these kids the sign language to enable to communicate.”

Parween Azimi worked with UNOPS, CDAP project (between 1998 to 2002), and one of her tasks was to establish a national (Afghan) sign language book, together within a team of three people: two expatriate and one afghan staff. Since then she was desperate to help deaf and blind children to escape isolation. Parween says “my mission of life is to help the disabled people in living a happy life”.

In collaboration of a team of Afghan disabled people Parween initiated classes and thought sign language to disabled as well as to ordinary volunteers, who then in turn were becoming the trainers of sing language. “I believe there is a social impact in the activity that I pursue. My students become activists for social and behavioral change. We work with the communities so that together we could bring positive and long lasting change into the lives of these disabled children.” adds Parween during our talk.   

Despite her tight schedule of working with Navision Committee for Afghanistan, and pursuing her masters’ degree, Parween visits the school every two weeks and looks through the work, helps with teaching materials, helps in translation of sign language between the school manager, and external visitors.

Parween recently organized a football match in between the boys of the higher grades, which was warmly welcomed by all the students of the school. Since the Afghanistan championship in the southeast football cup, the football is recognized as one of the important options which can bring peace and at least temporary happiness to the lives of the war-devastated country.

Parween engages the school children in various opportunities which she finds interesting and supportive i.e. sports, activities with the ministry of martyrs, any training opportunities etc. She believes that more conversations happen and more possibilities are arranged for the deaf and blind children to visit various places, their enthusiasm towards learning grows, and it helps teenagers and the younger children in discovering their own ways of problem-solving, negotiation, and understanding the external world, outside the classroom.

One of the Action for Development (AfD)’s goals is to provide education to children, and empower them in their social lives.  A great proportion of work is done by the volunteers, who share same understanding and same goals as the organization. Therefore, they commit to helping Afghan youth in improving their education and in various possible ways.  AfD provides such a valuable youth experiences due to the support from individuals who also share our vision and believe in contributions to helping build empowered generations, despite their disabilities. We would like to thank you for your contributions.

Parween Azimi, teaching session
Parween Azimi, teaching session
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For little Fereshta, it was the possibility to find peers who could communicate with her, and of course the possibility to learn reading and writing attracted her and her family to join the disabled school. Indeed, once being a student at this school Fereshta could understand others with ease and would find a different environment, where other children are also with similar disabilities. She can learn that people with disabilities are also able to overcome challenges, have friends, and be part of society. Shahgul, the mother of 9 year old girl, who lives in a poor family in Kabul, had a lot of dreams when her daughter was born. However, after some time the parents realized that Fereshta was not able to hear their voices, and as she grew up she was not able to talk. The family was poor and there was no way to afford visiting doctors and hospitals for treatment or verifications. The child was mute. She is not the only one in her family. Her sister Mina (7 years old) was also born mute.

“My neighbor once told me that there is a school for disabled children. I visited many places to find out more about it, and finally got connected to a teacher from this school. He helped me to enroll my kids” said Shahgul.  “Fereshta and Mina both of them are mute. I am a housewife, and my husband is a mason. We live in a rented flat. He does not earn much, and most of the time his earning does not cover our monthly expenses. We receive a lot of support from the school. We are happy that my daughters – although are mute – will be able to read and write. They receive their lunch in school, which is already a support for us economically. Today I was told that the food for the students is provided by donations. I am very grateful for your support. I cannot do anything else for you, but to pray and thank you for your donation and kindness.”

Action for Development (AfD) has received, 126USD on 2nd of March 2016. The schooling year in Afghanistan starts on 21st March and lasts for nine months. Kids do not attend school during the winter months. With this money we provided the 400 children of the school with a modest lunch (rice and beans) for 4 days. We thank you for your support and interest in this project. Your donations are much appreciated.

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Water source in the corner of the school compound
Water source in the corner of the school compound

Dear Friends and Supporters,

With this note I am informing you about the change of the name for our organisation. Previously known as Bakhtar Development Network Global, we have changed to Action for Development. This change was supported by our board and members for better visibility and organisational development. I invite you to kindly “like” and “connect” to our facebook, and tweeter accounts, as well as our new website: www.action-for-development.org

 

The year 2015 was a busy period for our school of disabled children in Kabul. The schooling year in Afghanistan – which was started in March - is ending, and thus the students of the school are busy with final exams.

The students have studied hard during the year in order to be able to be upgraded to the next level. Having the support and numerous donations from kind hearted friends as you, we were able to sustain provision of lunch for the school students throughout the year, on daily basis, as well as additional support with stationary and school supplies.

During this year we focused on strengthening our curriculum and training aspects for the students. During the year, three trainings were conducted for the teachers, with specific focus on psychological aspect of disabled children, and orienting them about pedagogical techniques of approaching a disabled child.

Our community volunteers have paved a way to further integrating the disabled children into the society. Recently, our students were encouraged to participate in social gatherings, and were given a right of being privileged while travelling within the city. They were provided – special – priority disability cards, with which they could be exempted from paying fees while using the city transport and governmental airlines.

Our future plans would include:

  1. Play Ground: Constructing a playground for the children will be one of the priorities during the school break. The necessary initial need assessment is conducted and we are working on assemble necessary elements and funds for the construction of the playground.
  2. Clean drinking water: The school is located in the area where underground water is salty and could not be used. Even the trees that we planted could not be sustained with the water which is fetched from underground in this location. The school is purchasing drinking water for the students use on weekly basis, using a tanker. Seeking opportunities to bring clean drinking water to the school is one of our priorities. Initial discussions are going on with some representatives interested in this issue in Geneva, and we hope that this project could be finalised and started to be utilisable by April 2016.
  3. Training to teachers: during the winter holidays we are planning to conduct special training to the teachers as well as managing team of the school, on the issues related to management, English language, computer skills. These aspects will help our school students to connect with the world through enabling them communicate through net and email using English language.

Ending our report at this note, we wish you, happy New Year 2016, and enjoyable holidays. Please keep us in mind and your thoughts, and support us to be able to further integrate and assist the disabled children in Afghanistan when the school will reopen in March 2016.

Kind regards, 

A disabled child writing numbers on the board
A disabled child writing numbers on the board
Celebration of disable day
Celebration of disable day
Parents expressing their appreciation
Parents expressing their appreciation

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Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq
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