Help Fund Scholarships for Afghan Students

by Creating Hope International (CHI)
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The Afghan school year started in April and the staff are awarding the scholarships to needy students. The young people are delighted to get this sort of help with the costs of school. Many would have to consider leaving the school without this support.

Amena said, " I am one of the eleventh class students who has been given a scholarship. I am proud to have started at the school four years ago as it provides the best level of education available along with great classes of singing, leadership, library, laboratory and the sport field.  I am also a member of the leadership class where I have learned great leadership principles like planning, reading and many other essential skills.The scholarship means I can do my studies for free thanks to Professor Sakena Yaccobi, I also won one of the gold medal from gold medal award ceremony which was such a great thing for me and my family."

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Thank you.

Dear Friends, 

The new school year in Afghanistan began in April and scholarships are being awarded to young girls and boys eager to continue their education. We are grateful for the support we have received for our projects funding scholarships for K-12 students.  We are proud to report that microprojects  have raised enough money to award 16 girls and 5 boys scholarships.  This general scholarship project will provide more scholarships, the number available has yet to be determined. 

One of the premium classes at the private school is the Leadership Class for top students.  Every single story that students shared with AIL staff this month included a positive review of this class.  Our scholarship students have the opportunity to try out for this special year long class. The class explores all aspects of leadership and includes work projects in the community such as a recent clean up effort as well as field trips.

One of the scholarship recipients shared this story: “My name is Hares and I am so delighted to have been given the scholarship.  This is a great thing that the school does to help most of the students dealing with financial problems.  While some schools just try to increase the number of students, the Yacoobi Private Schools are giving scholarships to help promote the knowledge of its current students.  There is also a leadership class that is free for top students and I am one of the participants.  Leadership, management, and peace are the subjects taught.  I learned how to be a good leader because I attended that class.” 

Your help means even more children can have the opportunity to continue their education and work towards a better future.  Thank you so much for your continued support of our efforts to give young Afghans access to high quality education.

 

 

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The Afghan school year is about to start again in April. Staff at the private schools are working to identify needy students who will receive scholarships. We expect to distribute a first batch of more than 20 scholarships with a second batch of aid being awarded soon after that.  This financial support makes a huge difference to families who would not be able to afford the supplies and fees at the school. They want a quality education for their children and they will get that at the private school. Good education changes lives. One of the exceptional classes offered at the private school is the Leadership Project an intensive year long class for 20 students.  Mohib is13 and a member of leadership project. He said, “I am so happy that I got the chance to attend this important and life-changing class. I   took advantage of all the sessions and was promoted with top marks. I have learned a lot and I entered another world of interest, responsibility and self-sufficiency. My life has changed as I met and talked to well-known leaders and that affected my life positively. I am now able to speak in public and influence others with my ideas. I learned to be kind and respect others’ views. I am making decisions in my life and am eager to change the lives of my people for the better.”   

 Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends, 

The private high school in Herat gave us its 2015 report and included this information on the success and transformative effects of the sports program.Many of the scholarship students participate in sports at the school.

The school sport teams had a very good year in 2015. The football team won many  local matches with regular schools and private universities. They were awarded gold and silver cups by the Sports Federation of Herat.In addition, students benefited from changes in their minds and behavior since joining the sport teams. For example, young students who wasted their time on the streets and sometimes fought in the past, are now disciplined, energetic and have happy faces as they visit their friends in the gym and compete to win against each other. They have developed very positive feelings about life since they started sport sessions. Their school lessons and behavior are getting better and they get good marks in their exams. These students also have a sense of responsibility about their families and communities. Their experienced coach motivated them to make educational plans for the next few years at least and help them making big decisions about their futures. 

One student who recently joined the Yacoobi School football team said:” My name is Habib. I am 20 years old. I am a senior student at the Prof. Yacoobi School. I have been playing in the football team for six months now. I am changing every day I exercise with this team. In fact, I am completely changed as compared to my life before. Before joining this team, I always failed in my exams and I could not memorize the words and my homework assignments were the worst. I got some kind of depression, but after joining the team, my life got better day by day. I changed to one of the top students in three months and got out of depression. I feel myself in a new world. The coach is a very nice man. He advises us and helps us make decisions. My mind is working very well now and I am so interested in my lessons. I hear very good news from my friend when I play in the gym. I learned about football stars and try to be inspired by them in my life. I hope I will be a football star. I thank Prof. Yacoobi for renting us the gym to exercise and refresh our minds in.”   

Please read the attached  2015 Newsletter for information on activities last year.

 Thank you for your support.


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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education.  “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

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It was a particularly exciting time at one Yacoobi Private School in Herat this past September as a ceremony was held to honor the top students with gold medals.The event was attended by Dr. Yacoobi, the Governor of Herat and the Head of the Women's Affairs Department among many others. The awards went to the top student in each of the following: logic, chemistry/physics, sport, speech/music, English and the leadership project. There were 300 people at the event including 155 females.  The ceremony continued with songs and music by the students from the school. There was recitation of poems and reading of articles about peace in English and Persian, along with the appreciation and congratulations of other speakers during the ceremony.

There were seven other students honored either from the gold medal program or the cash prize program who are in the third to eleventh class. These seven of the best students also had great grades but couldn’t quite meet the gold medal program requirements. They were gifted with a cash prize as a congratulation for what they had achieved and as an encouragement. These were the students with the best behavior, attitude, morals and personalities who were also the best in at least one subject.

Dr. Yacoobi had this to say about one of the students, “Four years ago we hired a widow as a cleaner for the school.  When she started, we found out that she had a small daughter, Zahra, who was not going to school.  Her mother said, I don’t have the money to send her to school, so we gave her a scholarship. She is now in the 4th grade and is the first in her class.  She is very little and very smart and creative.   Recently, we had a school-wide competition in many areas of study.  The top students in each category received gold medals and the second-place students received cash awards.  Zahra won second place in two of the categories—art and calligraphy. And, even though she is young and very little, she was chosen to be the announcer for the ceremony because of her presence and speaking ability.  She was amazing as an announcer!  It brought tears to my eyes as I watched this tiny, little girl confidently and with great self assurance announce better than most adults. Zahra, I thought, is a future leader of Afghanistan."

Thank for your continued support.

 

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Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Dearborn, Mi United States

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