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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
Girls in the classroom
Girls in the classroom
Thank you so much for your donation to Sahar. Your contribution means the world to our work and most especially the Afghan girls we serve.

Education may seem like a simple action in a nation ravaged by war for the last several decades, but we have seen tremendous change in the status of girls and women. Providing quality education experiences is about more than just getting more girls into the classroom, it is about empowering them to be free, creative thinkers who can engage in the public discussion of their country’s culture and politics and be respected and heard. We are a long ways off from achieving our goals of gender parity in the Afghanistan education system, but we continue to see notable growth in our capability to make this a reality.

Sahar offers early marriage prevention workshops throughout the year. Our most recent workshop students heard guest speakers discuss career opportunities for those who stay in school, graduate and delay marriage. The workshops begin with community meetings that include families - especially fathers - religious leaders, the Ministry of Education, principals and community members that are involved in deciding the future of girls. 

The top graduates of Sahar-supported computer centers have participated in a girls computer coding program that began in the spring of this year. The program aims to provide the girls with skills that will enable them to work in the computer industry and/or gain entry into a technical training program or university.

To date, Sahar has built, repaired, or supplied 25 schools, has impacted over 23,000 girls annually and over 250,000 since our inception. However, the need for more schools and access to education is still growing. Afghanistan's need for education remains daunting with over 40% of their population school aged children. With your help we can continue to provide these opportunities as we aim to make Afghanistan a safer place through education.

Thank you for your contribution towards girls education in Afghanistan! 

 

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Thank you so much for your donation to Sahar. Your contribution means the world to our work and most especially the Afghan girls we serve. I’ve included pictures of our girls so you can put a visual with your support! 

Education may seem like a simple action in a nation ravaged by war for the last several decades, but we have seen tremendous change in the status of girls and women. Providing quality education experiences is about more than just getting more girls into the classroom, it is about empowering them to be free, creative thinkers who can engage in the public discussion of their country’s culture and politics and be respected and heard. We are a long ways off from achieving our goals of gender parity in the Afghanistan education system, but we continue to see tremendous growth in our capability to make this a reality.

Sahar offers early marriage prevention workshops throughout the year. Our most recent workshop included 48 10th grade girls who heard guest speakers discuss career opportunities for those who stay in school, graduate and delay marriage. The workshops begin with community meetings that include families - especially fathers - religious leaders, the Ministry of Education, principals and community members that are involved in deciding the future of girls. 

We’ve had a total of 2,592 students graduate from our computer centers as of 2016. providing girls with valuable training. The top graduates of the centers have particpated in a girls computer coding program that began in the spring of this year. The program aims to provide the girls with skills that will enable them to work in the computer industry and/or gain entry into a technical training program or university.

To date, Sahar has built, repaired, or supplied 22 schools, has impacted over 20,000 girls annually and over 200,000 since our inception. However, the need for more schools and access to education is still growing. Afghanistan's need for education remains daunting with over 40% of their population school aged children. With your help we can continue to provide these opportunities as we aim to make Afghanistan a safer place through education.

Thank you for supporting Afghan girls's education! 

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Presentation to community mothers

Thank you for your support - it's changing the lives of Afghan girls. In a war-torn country, your support is the opportunity that Afghan girls need. 

See the impact your donation makes through a story from Zahra, a 10th grader in our Early Marriage Prevention Program:

“Before coming to this training I had the wish to become a president, but I thought it was only a wish and that for me becoming a president was impossible. Now, after having gone through this training, I know for sure that I can be a future president. I know and believe that nothing is impossible. Everyday after the training I went home and told my parents and siblings everything I had learned that day. Attending this training has totally changed my life. As a result, I now find myself very interested in reading books and learning.”

Supporting the development of Afghan girls is critical to re-building the country of Afghanistan. Earlier this summer, students from our newly-built school celebrated Mother's Day. The celebration was vibrant and highlighted the importance of mothers in the community. This celebration is tightly connected to Sahar's Early Marraige Prevention Initiative. One of the objectives of the curriculum is to strengthen the communication skills of Afghan girls to engage in difficult subjects with their parents. Including the mothers and fathers in the discussion is critical to empowering the young girls to be active participants in their educational future. 

Thank you for being part of this celebration - for being part of the community that's on the cutting edge of empowering Afghan girls. 

 

Thank you video from our team on the ground! https://youtu.be/kZ4PkMt4fnI

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Students welcoming the mothers
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Students waiting for class

Thank you so much for your donation to Sahar. Your ongoing support means the world to our work and most especially the Afghan girls we serve. I’ve included pictures of our girls so you can put a visual with your support! These last couple of months have been busy at Sahar: 

Early Marriage Prevention - We are now working in two additional schools in our pilot program and establishing elements of the curriculum to include broader participation of mothers and fathers. Afghanistan has one of the highest mother mortality rates in the the world - in large part due to early marriage, lack of education, and lack of acess to adequate medical care. Sahar continues to work with communities to increase educational opportunities for Afghan girls. 

Computer Coding - We continue to work with 20 girls in our coding project, a six month module. The girls were chosen from a competitive pool out of our computer centers; they were the ones who showed the most positive baseline skill base to take on the next level of coding. We have now finished two months of the coding project - things are going well and we can see students working on developing some small preliminary websites as practice.

Your contribution is making a difference on the global scale, too! In Paul Hawken's book "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming", Paul measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, the book describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. And guess what's in the top ten solutions? That's right, "Educating Girls".

"Educated girls realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Their rates of maternal mortality drop, as do mortality rates of their babies. They are less likely to marry as children or against their will. They have lower incidence of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families better nourished.

Education also shores up resilience and equips girls and women to face the impacts of climate change. They can be more effective stewards of food, soil, trees, and water, even as nature’s cycles change. They have greater capacity to cope with shocks from natural disasters and extreme weather events." -Paul Hawken (http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/women-and-girls/educating-girls)

Thank you for supporting Afghan girls and girls' education! 

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School celebrates Mother's Day in Afghanistan
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Teachers-in-training attending class

Stories from the Afghan girls that Sahar serves do a fantastic job of describing the impact that YOU make possible. Getting a chance to see the challenges the young women face and how they address those challenges is the real testament to what you make possible through your contribution to this project.  

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Abiba, just as many other young women in Afghanistan, wants to continue her education, she wants to find work to help and provide for her family. She made the long journey, of almost 40 minutes in the back of the a Zarang (small opened back rickshaw), daily for two years. We are happy to report that she was committed to the Teacher Training program and graduated after two years.

As with Abiba, many students have a desire for more, continued education, a career, a family, and many other scenarios. In Afghanistan those opportunities are met with a lot of opposition and lack of opportunity. Sahar's Teacher Training Cener was an opportunity, a dream of continuing education for Abiba. The opposition she faces to these opportunities comes in the form social pressure, cultural conservative thinking, distance from the opportunity, lack of security etc. The issues are more complex than we can begin to explain here. Abiba gives us a glimpse into some of these issues.

Once Abiba finished studying at the TTC she wanted to go on and find work as a teacher or go on to a higher college. Her specific field of study as a teacher was to become a science teacher. Abiba is from a village in a very rural area. Rural areas tend to be more conservative than other areas. Despite this her family encouraged and supported her to go to the Teacher Training Center. Along with many others, she commuted daily to and from the Dawlatabad center in an effort to increase opportunity for her future. Abiba graduated the program with a certificate from the Government of Afghanistan saying she finished the program and had passed the Teacher Training Center with two years of training. Many students don’t go beyond this point because they can’t, because there are no jobs available close to home or based on the fact that the Ministry of Education did not choose them from the many applicants. Abiba went on to apply for a job through the Ministry of Education, just as many others did. She took the test administered by the Ministry of Education to see if she could be placed as teacher somewhere, but she was not chosen as a final candidate for job placement.

While for many this would be a setback enough to stop moving forward, Abiba did not give up. She has sought help from her family to go to a private university. Her family denied her this opportunity because they cannot afford to pay for this. So on her own she went outside of her immediate family to another family member to seek a loan to go on to this private university. She has worked out an arrangement with this family member to pay them back in the future after she graduates and finds employment. Abiba said to us that, “One of my big dreams is to finish my education.” Currently Abiba is pursuing her dream studying in the Science Faculty at a Private University, called Mawlana University. Despite these setbacks she has not given up. Sahar's Teacher Training Center was a crucial stepping stone for her after high school, bridging the gap to University.

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What we learn from Abiba's story is the strong desire to persue education by Afghan women. The challenges they face can be overwhelming but your support is creating opportunities for them to acheive their goals. Thank you. 

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Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States
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