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Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan

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Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Sahar Early Marriage Prevention Student
Sahar Early Marriage Prevention Student

Dear Friend of Sahar,

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

As you know, life for Afghan girls was difficult before the onset of COVID-19. In March, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education closed all educational institutions, which means our in-person programs were temporarily suspended. As things begin to reopen in Afghanistan and we look towards the future, we see addressing gender inequality as fundamental to recovering from the pandemic. In Afghanistan, there is a high likelihood that many girls will not return to school after missing almost half of the academic year. There are also growing concerns that girls are at a higher risk of early marraige due to their families’ financial struggles. 

With so many girls at risk of early marriage, we are happy to report that our Early Marriage Prevention Program continued during the school closures. In fact, 50 students received their EMPP training entirely remotely thanks to the fantastic work of our team on the ground. These 50 girls join close to 1,340 other young Afghan girls who have already graduated from the program. With schools reopened, we are also excited to announce that we will begin implementing EMPP in two new high schools in and around Mazar-e-Sharif. Of course, the healthy and safety of our students and teacher remains a priority as we return to the classroom.

The challenges Afghan girls face in light of the pandemic make continuing our gender-responsive work all the more important. COVID-19 has and continues to deepen existing gender inequalities and, as an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for girls, we must work to ensure that the future looks bright for Afghan girls despite the pandemic. Together, we will continue:

  • educating over 23,000 girls in Sahar-built schools each year
  • teaching digital literacy to over 4,000 girls in our computer centers 
  • training teachers as part of our Teacher Training Center (from which 160 women have already graduated)
  • building a boarding school for 265 rural girls to continue their education
  • accompanying men and boys in becoming gender allies

Addressing gender inequality in Afghanistan is the mission of our work. Over and over again we are struck by the resilience of Afghan women and girls and the power they can have as change makers in their families, communities, and the country as a whole. By promoting the right of girls to receive an education (even and especially within a pandemic), we are promoting the development of a peaceful and resilient Afghanistan. 

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

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Dear Friend,


Thank you for your support of Sahar Education! Because of your generosity, girls in Balkh province, Northern Afghanistan, have the opportunity to continue their education! When you support Sahar, you ensure projects like our Early Marriage Prevention Program continue. 

Even before the pandemic life for girls in Afghanistan remains difficult. Only 24% of female students are literate compared to 52% of males and girls are more likely to be out of school than boys in the country. Harmful cultural traditions, gender inequality, limited awareness of rights, and weak law enforcement contribute to early marriage practices that contribute to the staggering reality that 57% of Afghan girls are still married before the legal age of 16. As the COVID-19 Pandemic rages in Afghanistan, the liklihood for child marriage increases due to increased poverty and reduced access to reproductive care, among other contributors. The goal of our Early Marriage Prevention Program is to keep girls out of early marriage and in school. This continues to be our goal, despite the obstacles. 

To date, over 1,000 girls have graduated from our program, a program taught, lead, and created by Afghan women, for Afghan women. As we step into our fourth year of the Early Marriage Prevention program, support is still needed. Girls at the schools we work in want and demand the skills and lessons the program offers.

Plus, your support goes even further than preventing early marriage and supports more amazing Sahar projects! Thanks to you:

  • Over 25,000 girls are educated in Sahar-built schools each year
  • 4,057 girls have been trained in our computer centers to date
  • 832 women have been trained in our teacher training center

Hear what Farima Shamsi, an 10th grade graduate of the program, has to say about the impact the program had on her:

“Sahar's Early Marrieage Prevention Program (EMPP) has been very helpful for me and girls my age. [From EMPP] I learned self confidence. My favorite session was mental Health sessions, because my self-esteem was particularly low. It was very useful for me because... I was able to recognize signs [of depression] and overcome of them. This program has brought changes not only to my life but also to the lives of people around me... I live in a society that is very traditional and practices patriarchy. Nowhere in the Qura'an does it say that women do not have rights to education. So why then do men stop women’s education? And why women’s education is considered a social stigma? This is all patriarchy.” 

We couldn’t do it without you. Thank YOU for making a difference in the lives of Afghans girls today!

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Girls celebrate graduation from EMPP
Girls celebrate graduation from EMPP

Dear Friends of Sahar,

GlobalGiving’s continuous support and generous donations helps Sahar reach 23,000 Afghan girls annually and helps sustain our signature programs including Early Marriage Prevention, Coding, and Teacher Training Centers. As a donor you are ensuring that girls in rural Mazar-e-Sharif will keep learning computer skills, raise awareness of early marriage issues, and train female teachers in local communities to increase literacy rates. Sahar’s work helps girls stay in school.  This in turn raises literacy levels, improves family income, and provides opportunities to tackle significant poverty rates. For each girl educated, it is estimated seven family members are positively impacted.

Early Marriage Prevention Program (EMPP): As we enter our sixth year, EMPP continues to thrive! The students are inspired and enthusiastic in part because topics of mental health and trauma, art therapy and human rights are explored. So far this year we have an incredible 274 students enrolled! They post messages and write journals to express how this program has impacted them.

“The painting session was very interesting: when the teacher played music, we painted. I painted things that inspired me. I want to be a leader one day, the seminar helped me so much.” Madina 10, 6th grade

Coding Program: 36 students graduated from the program in 2019. The reputation of success and the avenues for girls to continue in information technology fields has put our program in high demand– including the need for a waiting list! More girls are entering technology, architecture, and engineering fields after graduating from the  Coding Program. In effect, our coding classes provide students with a stepping stone to university. Sahar coding graduates are making historical progress in male dominated professions.

“I will be the first in my family to pursue the technology and computer science field. My interest in this field grew as I began taking computer classes, and then Coding classes. These classes have helped sharpen my skills and knowledge that I am confident will help me in building my career. I am hopeful to someday be able to publish my own website and showcase my activities to my clients.” Mursal, 14, 8th grade

Teacher Training Center (TTC): Students enroll to become a certified teacher in the rural community of Dowlat Abad. Their energy and enthusiasm can be seen in their attendance, despite local security issues and social rules that ban women and girls from getting an education. Currently we have over one hundred students undergoing the two-year TTC training. TTC graduates take their lessons into the local community and are raising literacy rates among the local women, creating jobs in their communities, and improving their family income. As a result, the TTC is also impacting the local economy and empowering women.

 

On behalf of all Sahar program participants, elders in the communities, and Sahar staff we thank you for your generous donations and continuous support to Afghanistan women. Thank you! 

Best,

Ginna Brelsford, Sahar Executive Director

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Group work during EMPP
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Girls Education

Dear Friends of Sahar,

 

Your generous and long standing support positively impacts the lives of the girls Sahar serves, everyday! Thanks to your donations, our program in Early Marriage Prevention educates and expands aware of girls’ rights. Our coding project encourages more girls enter into the technology field. Our teacher training program continues to expand and helps launch the teaching careers of rural women. These programs help girls realize their dreams and is making significant changes in their life stories. 

 

  • Early Marriage Prevention Program (EMPP) update: We are currently working with two schools, Hashim Barat and Qary Fathullah. Our recent graduates of EMPP were 8th and 9th graders. This was the fifth round of the Early Marriage Prevention Program in both schools, totally in 214 graduates. The students from these schools come to the EMPP sessions with great enthusiasm and curiosity to learn, which makes the session much more fun to teach. 

 

“I This program helped me realize that we Afghan girls have extraordinary abilities. Afghan girls are so brave and able to defend our human rights and to fight for sexual equality through education.”

 

Sara 15, 10th grade

Hashim Barat High School

 

  • Coding Program Update: This program at Gowhar Khatoon Girls High School is six months long and offered twice a year. Girls from Gowhar Khatoon are more mature and ambitious than girls from other schools which is the result of Sahar’s deep roots in the community. This school is  known for the levels of achievements of its students upon graduation. This is a direct result of Sahar’s coding program. Many private software companies, banks, news broadcasters, and women’s organizations give priority to graduates of the Sahar coding program because of their excellent computer skills. This has changed family dynamics as well. As more women enter the technology field, their earning rises exponentially which in turn impacts women’s decision making and authority in families. Families encourage their daughters to get higher education and make a career rather than marrying them off. These new trends are made possible by your generous donations and continuous support to Sahar!

Beheshta is a 10th grade student in Gowhar Khatoon and one of the coding class participants. She says this coding class is an asset for girls who seek careers in technology. Through this class, she has been able to achieve her dream of making her own website. “I have made a website entitled “Poor Children in Afghanistan” and the reason behind this was that I wanted to somehow help Afghan poor children who work on the streets at a time when they should only focus on their education. I can confidently say that when I upload my website on the internet people will contribute in helping these poor children by realizing the tough life they undergo.”

Beheshta, 15, 10th grade

Gowhar Khatoon High School

 

  • Teacher Training Center (TTC) Update: Sahar’s Teacher training center has graduated  850 young women in Dawlat Abad, northern Afghanistan. The TTC includes new and exciting subjects into its curriculum, such as computer classes, English language, math, and science. This has further encouraged student enrollment and more families allowing their daughters to become future teachers. The center has open enrollment for the next academic year, and so far 111 students have enrolled–  higher than previous years! Students are happy with the TTC center because it’s one of very few programs operating for women in their community that promises a career upon graduation. There are no universities in Dawlat Abad and it is isolated from larger cities. The roads are not safe for women to commute to the city for education. Thus, the TTC not only provides a respected and secure future for its graduates, but quality education that teaches young women to communicate remotely without having to risk their lives during their visits to the city. 



 

 

Thank you,

 

Ginna Brelsford

 

Executive Director

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Dear Friend of Sahar,

Thank you for your generous support of Sahar Education and we hope you continue your support! Because of your support, girls in Balkh province, Northern Afghanistan, have the opportunity to reach their dreams! When you support Sahar, you ensure projects that empower and educate girls in Afghanistan continue. Here’s an update of our work:

  • Early Marriage Prevention Program (EMPP) update: We currently run programs in two schools where we serve over 100 students. Sahar’s EMPP has impacted over 4,000 individuals this year– double the number (1770) since the program began in 2016! Awareness of early marriage issues has helped further community support for girls school and education by families. This has been possible because we work alongside the Afghan Ministry of Education and hold separate sessions with community leaders and parents at the end of each graduating class. As a result, the community has supported our projects ,increasing girls participation in our other programs such as coding classes, digital literacy, and teacher training centers.

“Early marriage issues were previously not part of discussions before this program. But with frequent sessions in schools and awareness of its complications through this program have spread awareness and has discouraged people from such acts in our community”... Roena (weekly journals EMPP)   

  • Coding Program: Our Coding Program is offered at the Gawhar Khatoon school. Only top graduates of our digital literacy program are eligible to be enrolled into this prestigious and challenging program, students learn all the nuts and bolts of designing a website. Our programs are so successful that university students often come to our program students to solve their issues. 

 “It’s a good in fact, a golden and rare opportunity inside our school for us to boost our computer knowledge and serve our people through modern technology. Now I am able to create and design websites by myself,” Meena 

  • Digital Literacy: The Sahar Digital literacy program prepares middle school and senior high school girls to learn basic computer skills (such as, Word, Excell, Powerpoint) so they are better prepared for work as well as college. As most families cannot support girls financially when in college, withSahar’s computer classes, girls are able to support themselves financially and are able to remove any financial barriers on their way to higher education. 

“Computer classes are a rare chance in the city, especially since we do not have to pay fees, which are not feasible for students like myself in Mazar-e Sharif.” Beheshta

  • Teacher Training Center (TTC): This program has filled and continues to fill the lack of female teachers in rural single-sex schools. As more female teachers are available, more girls are allowed to get high school education. This center has also become a place where high school graduates come to become competent teacher. Not only that, with computer classes being taught, the teachers trained from this center are best in Dowlatabad.

“This is the best opportunity for those girls who are far from the city. We cannot reach to the universities in the city because of it is far from our homes, the security situation on the way and financial problems.” Khalida (Class of 2017) 

 

Thank you Sahar supporter! Only with YOUR support are we able to educate and empower young girls in Afghanistan and change the reality of child marriages.

 

Thank you,

Ginna Brelsford

Executive Director

 

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Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States
$174,393 raised of $200,000 goal
 
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