Hello From Charmaghz,
We understand that you must be hearing much heartbreaking news from Afghanistan. But here we are with great news from Kabul and Charmaghz, all thanks to your support!
After a long pause in our work following the Taliban’s takeover on 15 August 2021, we are pleased to announce that, as of 5 December 2021, our libraries are now back to the streets of Kabul!, and are once again filled with children.
Our team negotiated with the Taliban for over two months, visiting their office almost every day to convince them to permit our organisations to continue their work - but on our terms:
1) We have kept all our female staff, and they can now continue their work, which makes us the first national NGO with all its female staff back on work.
2) There will be no segregation of boys and girls in our libraries. Both will be equally using our services.
3) We have kept paying the salaries of all our 30 staff despite losing most of our donors, all affected by the Taliban takeover.
4) Your donation has made it possible for 14,802 children to visit the libraries until 15th Aug 2021 when we temporarily had to close.
Your donation not only helped us to sustain two of Charmaghz mobile libraries but it did much more. After losing most of our Afghan private sponsors in August due to the economic collapse, it was your generosity that helped us to sustain our two more libraries.
From the $32,000 raised through GlobalGiving, a total of $21,510 was already spent by Charmaghz to pay the following:
1-Salaries of 4 drivers
2-Salaries of 8 Librarians
3-Salaries of 8 Assistant Librarians
4-Rent of four buses
The rest of the money will be spent to continue supporting the libraries for the next two months.
We have promised the children of Afghanistan to work for them in good and bad times. We want to thank you for helping us keep our promise to them. If you can, we would like you to continue helping Kabul’s children by continuing to donate. Have our Back just as you did.
You can donate through below link.
Dear Friends of Charmaghz,
This March we approached you with a challenge. We lost funding for two of our mobile libraries due to the financial consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic. Each library has 100 children visitors per day and we just didn’t want to deprive them of access to education. We came to you to raise $32,000 and very generously, you stood by us. So far, we have raised $9,970.
Your generous donations made it possible for our mobile libraries to keep running for three months (April, May, June).
The children of Kabul were able to read a little more, write a little more, and think critically.
From $9,970 collected donations, $5,810 is spent as running cost of libraries for three months. We were able to sustain the following:
Our Impact on Children:
Charmaghz Libraries have always been a source of inspiration for regular visitors. In our libraries children read, write, paint, ask different types of questions, and listen to children’s songs, and play games designed by our experts to improve their mental health. Your donations made it possible for 8,803 children to visit the library in the past three months. One of our frequent visitors, Bibi Atya, an 11-year-old, read over 50 books in three months. She and other children like her, give our organization an enormous amount of energy and boost our morale for furthering our cause.
You as well as the children, also joined hands and donated as little as 10 Afghanis (around 15 cents). At the end of their collection drive, they raised $30 for their libraries. Their deep sense of voluntarism and love for their library was unprecedented.
On behalf of Children, we thank you and ask you to keep donating, sharing, and support our work, until we reach our goal of $32,000. Thank you for believing in us.
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