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

Dear Supporter,

By end of month of May we received another amount of 466.54 USD, and we are thankful to you for this amazing gift.

To keep you informed about the progress on the ground, the school and the students are pioneers in the society that considers disabled children incapable and solely bringing shame to their families and communities. To date the school has provided education to more than 400 girls and boys with various complications. Until now 15 young men have gotten jobs. These children have broken the social stigma by showing that they are fully capable to become contributing members and an equal member of the society.

The education provided by the school is specifically designed to teach students Braille, sign language and other communication skills relevant in their daily lives. As the school is targeting deaf (speech-impaired children) and blind (visual –impaired children), it employs trained professionals with similar disabilities themselves to educate students. The core curriculum includes reading and writing as well as sign language to advance literacy and communication skills, and Braille language.

The school currently has 60 students between grades 9 to 11, 125 students in grades 5 to 8, 149 students in preliminary classes (between 1 to 4) and 39 students in preschool. In addition to these the school welcomes 27 students with brain trauma or neurological disasters – but still capable to sit, play, walk etc.

As the disabled people have been marginalized and ill-treated by the society due to socially constructed attitudes and values, the School for Disabled Children is a social transformation by itself. They communicate, play, have lunch and meet other children with similar or other types of disabilities in this school. They learn not only about the literacy and numeracy but many social behaviours and relationships that makes their daily lives easier and enjoyable. 

Community involvement

The school started as an informal community-based association for mutual support for disabled children, so the nature of the school is community-based. Local educators have become teachers some of whom are disabled themselves and thus transmit their life skills to the students.

Community volunteers provide financial, physical and material support for the school. For example, end of 2013, local contributors have donated land and materials for the school to construct its own school building (while the school was renting a building until 2013). In 2014 the students were able to have specially constructed for them, a building of two floors that has enough space to contain 20 rooms in both floors.

The amount supported by you during this period was donated for food items to school, as this comes as first priority to provide lunch for the kids who stay daylong in the school, and are coming from very poor families.

For the school management, the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, the school’s board members and the Ferdous Foundation, all local and community-based, are involved. Our further plans in this area will involve construction of a play ground for the students and a small green area. 

A deaf student expressing his happiness
A deaf student expressing his happiness
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The new schooling year in Afghanistan starts on 22 March, following the start of Afghanistan's second day of calendar year (2nd Hamal that coin sides with 21 March). On the first day of the schooling year all activities were focused on demonstrating gratification and the functions of the school teachers.

The gathering of the students on the day when they return after the winter vacations was accompanied by a sign language speech of the director – welcoming the returning students as well as new-comers.

All students came together as a big loving family. With hard work our team continue their support and encouragement to the school teachers, the students and their families. The philosophy of establishing and continuing these teaching efforts entail the ethics of gathering together the kids and youth who suffer not only from social, cultural and economic problems, but also from the isolation they face from the surrounding world.  Others can express their feelings by words – but these kids have no words except for the sign language they use to communicate.

Their smiley faces and joy visible from their eyes, say a lot about their happiness to be able to go out of their house which is not only for the purpose of learning communication means – but also is the only way they can have fun and enjoyment with other kids suffering from similar problems. Afghanistan yet does not have many facilities i.e. playgrounds, libraries accessible to young readers with interesting story books, movie places to enjoy cartoons and children’s' movies, where kids could pass time.

The environment of the school - recognising the needs of the deaf, blind and mentally disordered kids - brings together various methodological concepts that are used during the lessons and communications. 

Our plans for this year entail to continue supporting these kids with provision of basic educational material, classes to mobilise and train new teachers in sign language, specific trainings for 12-15 year olds on various income generating skills and many more.

We look forward to your further support to this school which would mean a lot to each kid involved in learning sign language and communication skills, through which they can have a better future. Please be sure that your gifts and support are used entirely towards the benefits for these kids.

With best regards,

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Dear Friend,

As you may know, BDN Global strives to provide education and health services to the deprived communities in Afghanistan. Our projects largely focus on provision of education to disabled children, educating children working on the streets and promoting health services for women and children. 

Having access to food, health, and education are the rights of all children and women. 

During 2014, our support was extended to 400 disabled (blind and deaf) children who received training materials and stationary, lunch at school, school uniforms etc. Furthermore, health services and essential medicine was provided to more than 18,500 patients (28% of which were children below five years and 39% of which were women of reproductive age).

With your generous donations we would extend our support and assistance beyond these populations.

We invite you to become BDN Global member and in this way support us through donating only 2 CHF/USD per month (24 CHF/USD a year). Alternatively, you may choose to make a one time donation to support the school or the health facility. We count on your generosity and commitment to provide your support to the most deprived children and women in Afghanistan.

With the spirit for giving gifts this Season, we offer you the gift of gratitude for your trust in our endeavours.

Write to us at info@bdnglobal.org for more information on becoming a member or direct your donations to our address at: Banque Cantonale de Geneve, IBAN: CH20 0078 8000 0502 9273 3

Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2015!

BDN Global Team

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Our students expressing their joy to Global Giving

Dear donors, 

In our last report, we shared some testimonies of our students attending the school you have funded so generously. In this report, the children very lovingly wanted to thank you in another very special way.

Yes, images speak louder than words and for this reason, all we did this time was to bring back some pictures of the school from Kabul, the premises and our collaboraters; who work wholeheartedly and keep faith in their hard work and your kindness for the school activities to run without fail. 

Our team at BDN thanks you once again for your generosity. We hope to continue earning your trust and support to offer these children what they deserve : a carefree childhood and education to get them out of the loop of poverty, misery and disease. 

A very warm thank you to all!

BDN Global Team - Geneva

The school cooks preparing a meal for the students
The school cooks preparing a meal for the students
Porridge for the students
Porridge for the students
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Thank you Global Giving
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Dear donors,

Once again, we are writing to express our deepest thanks for your generous support that has helped us sustain the functioning of our school for disabled children in Kabul. So far we have been able to deploy the raised funds in providing lunch, uniforms and books to our students. Additionally, for the convenience of the students, we have also provided bookshelves in classrooms to store the books that the students and teachers use at the school.  Our local contact on the ground has been coordinating these activities within fixed timelines with impeccable dedication. In the near future, we are planning to provide transportation facilities to the students that face difficulties in commuting to the school.

Generous gifts from donors like you have provided us the financial and moral support to continue our mission. With your faithful contributions we hope to demonstrate our commitment to providing education to the disabled children in Kabul.

To show how your support has played a key role in bringing hope to these children’s lives, we have three testimonials of our students to fully express our gratitude for your loyalty.

We look forward to a continuing partnership with you!

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 ‘My name is Zarmina.  I am a deaf student in BDN Afghanistan National School of the Deaf and I am studying in grade 10.  My native province is Kapisa and we are living in Bagh–e- Rais, Kabul. We are six people in the family. My sister, my brother and I are deaf. I am very happy to study in the 10th grade. I am ranked the 3rd best student of my class. I am very keen to learn and understand things like ordinary people. We are very poor, my father works as a cleaner in an office.  We live in a rented house. My parents have difficulty in paying the fee for my school transportation, because the Ministry for the Disabled has stopped the buses for our school and we do not know what to do.

Zarmina

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 ‘I am a deaf student in BDN Afghanistan National School of the Deaf and I am studying in grade 9. I am from Kabul province and we live in Char Qala- Kabul. We are 12 people in my family and we live in a rented house. My sister, my brother and myself are deaf.  I am very happy that I am a student of 9th class; I like to read books and play football. Like many other children of my age, I am very keen to learn new things.  We have a lot of problems in our family because my father is jobless and he is not able to pay my transportation fee for my school. He says that our future is not very clear’.

Sayed Baqer Shah

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‘I am Shakila a deaf student in BDN Afghanistan National School of the Deaf. I am studying in the 6th grade. Among all subjects, I like Algebra the most. I am from Kohistan and live in Kabul province. We are seven in our family. My sister, two of my brothers and I are deaf. My other sister is mentally disabled and cannot walk.  My father is a poor man. He is a mason. He works hard but cannot earn enough money to pay my transportation fee for my school in addition our house expenses.  I am very happy to attend school and have nice classmates to communicate with them. My parents do not know how to communicate by sign language, and therefore I am very happy to be at school. We live in a rented house very far from school’.

Shakila

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Location: Geneva - Switzerland
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Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq
Geneva, Geneva Switzerland
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