Help Educate Women & Girls in Afghanistan

by Sahar Education
Help Educate Women & Girls in Afghanistan
Help Educate Women & Girls in Afghanistan
Help Educate Women & Girls in Afghanistan
Help Educate Women & Girls in Afghanistan
Gawhar Khatoon High School, Mazar-e-Sharif
Gawhar Khatoon High School, Mazar-e-Sharif

Over the past 20 years, Sahar has worked to build, repair, and supply the needs of 25 girls’ schools in Balkh province of Afghanistan while also training teachers and improving the curriculum. In communities where the literacy rate for women continues to be low, Sahar has run programs that focus on literacy and vocational training.

After the Taliban’s takeover of the country, Sahar had to make the difficult choice of putting the programs on hold. We have started to resume our programs carefully and strategically by partnering with grassroot organizations in Afghanistan. Currently, Sahar is working collaboratively with these organizations and equipping them with evidence-informed curricula, project management, training, and support to help advance their efforts across the country. Sahar is also aware of the risks that are associated with any United States-based organizations working in Afghanistan (and their grassroots partners). Therefore, Sahar is trying to adapt alternative ways of implementing the programs and mitigate the risks.

We are currently supporting the operations of two mobile schools that serve nearly 500 children who are members of a nomadic tribe who have not had access to education prior to this effort.  Founded by a remarkable young Afghan woman, these schools are teaching basic literacy skills to girls and boys of all ages. Additionally, we are currently finalizing partnerships with two other Afghan-led organizations in central and eastern Afghanistan to support girls’ schooling and provide women with vocational training. We also plan to resume our previous programs by collaborating with our partners.

The ban on girls’ schools in Afghanistan should not stop organizations and individuals from supporting and promoting girls’ education. Thank you for helping Sahar provide access to education for girls and women in Afghanistan. 

School girls at Gawhar Khatoon High School
School girls at Gawhar Khatoon High School
Teacher Training Program, Nangarhar
Teacher Training Program, Nangarhar
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Dear Friend of Sahar,

Thank you for your on-going support of Sahar Education. Your generous contributions are especially important as we juggle the challenges brought on by the current crisis in Afghanistan. 

Since the Taliban takeover and due to the recent increase in security concerns across Afghanistan, we have made the difficult decision to halt program operations and the construction of our boarding school indefinitely. We have continued to support our Afghan staff during this time. The safety of our staff is our priority. 

As members of our community, donors, and champions of girls’ education, we ask you to join us and continue your commitment to Sahar during these challenging times. With support like yours, over 250,000 girls have attended our schools and programs over 20 years. Even in difficult times, the power that comes from educating a girl is not erased. We remain in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, especially the girls and women. Sahar believes in the future of Afghanistan and its people and we must support them now in every way possible. 

We are actively developing plans to resume operations adjusting to the new reality, including assessing the feasibility of working on projects with partners in Afghanistan, prioritizing local organizations and grassroot initiatives. We plan to continue our work in country when it is safe and permissible; now our urgent need is to reimagine what that looks like.

We are incredibly grateful to have you on this journey with us. 

Gratefully, 

Malahat Mazaher

Executive Director, Sahar

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Dear Friend of Sahar,

Thank you for your on-going support of Sahar Education. Your generous contributions are especially important as we continue to work with Afghan staff to respond to the on-going challenges. Due to security concerns, our programs are closed for the time being. 

Sahar believes in the future of Afghanistan and its people and we must support them now in every way possible. We have taken down our social media accounts to protect the women and girls we have served. 

As members of our community, donors, and champions of girls’ education, we ask you to join us and continue your commitment to Sahar  during these challenging times. With support like yours, over 250,000 girls have attended our schools and programs over 20 years. Every day we showed our belief in them and their futures. Even in difficult times, the power that comes from educating a girl is not erased. They will have daughters and sons who will hear their lessons and learn from their experiences. We remain in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, especially the girls and women. 

Thank you for standing with us in support of Afghanistan and girls education.

We are incredibly grateful to have you on this journey with us.

 

Gratefully, 

Malahat

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Dear Friends of Sahar,

Your steadfast support of Afghan girls education has made a world of difference in the lives of women like Halima university bound graduates of Sahar’s programs in Mazar-i-Sharif. We continue to recognize that by educating the next generation of Afghan leaders, Sahar’s work is a part of creating a better world. With the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan looming, the reverberations of decades of war surface when envisioning the direction for the future of girls’ education.

Even with the tremendous strides Sahar has made by building and repairing 18 war-torn schools and providing access to education for over 250,000 girls, students like Halima reflect on the persistent challenges facing her community, “Afghan society is still a male dominated society. People do not believe in the power of their daughters. They think that only boys can do anything.” Halima is part of a crucial generation in Afghanistan. According to the UN Population Fund, 63.7% of the population is under the age of 25, positioning youth as a vital force for strong leadership and peace in the country. 

“I wish to become self-sufficient and serve my nation along with my brothers. Women are not only for staying at home and doing housework. I have so many plans and I really want to fulfill them. I want to be a midwife and enter university to become a professor of English.” - Halima

On behalf of Halima and Afghan girls education, thank you for your on-going support of Sahar! 

With Gratitude,

Ginna

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Dear Friends of Sahar,

Thank you for being a part of our work! We know that this is not an easy time and we are exceptionally grateful for your support.

2020 was a challenging year for us, as it was for so many. Close to a year ago, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education closed all educational institutions. We responded by moving our work online using WhatsApp to administer lessons and foster dialogue. In September of 2020, Afghan schools began to reopen and our students returned to their classrooms with new safety measures like mask-wearing, temperature checks, and social distancing in place.

With a new year upon us, we are celebrating the 31 students who graduated from our Early Marriage Prevention Program (EMPP) on December 21st, 2020. We are especially proud of their hard work in light of the additional challenges of schooling during COVID-19 times. Through their coursework, these students explored leadership, women’s rights, reproductive health, and girls’ education. 

“When girls get an education, their families and their countries are promoted as well. The educated girls not only change their own life, but also the world,” says Zulikha, a recent EMPP graduate, who has big ambitions for the future. One of eleven children, Zulkiha was born in a remote village in Faryab province where the Taliban prohibited girls’ education. When she was 8 years old, Zulikha’s family moved to Mazar-e-Sharif so that she and her seven sisters could go to school. Now in the 10th grade, Zulikha would eventually like to return to her village to build a girls’ school. She also hopes to become a writer so she can share the bravery and resilience of Afghan women.

We alsolook forward to continuing to promote gender equity through coding classes, digital literacy courses, teacher training and the state-of-the-art girls’ boarding school we are building for girls like Zulikha. Thanks to your generous support, more and more Afghan girls will have the tools, resources and knowledge they need to advocate for themselves and for their futures.

On behalf of the whole Sahar team, thank you for your support. We could not fight for girls’ education in Afghanistan without you, especially not now.

Gratefully,

Ginna Brelsford

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