Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan

by Sahar Education
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Student in Early Marriage Prevention course
Student in Early Marriage Prevention course

Thank you for donating to our project to educate Afghan Girls. Thanks to you, Sahar is able to provide girls with the basics of education as well as unique job training opportunities in computers and conduct workshops of early marriage prevention.

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 now offers early marriage prevention workshops throughout the year. Since the launch of this pilot project in 2015, we have graduated 625 girls. Our most recent workshop included 26 9th 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. The pilot project is operating in two rural schools.

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 will now be eligible to apply for an innovative girls computer coding program that will begin this winter. 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 19 schools, updated 20+ and impacted over 28,000 girls in our schools and programs 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.

Students watching a video
Students watching a video
Students enjoying time outside
Students enjoying time outside

Thank you for donating to our project to educate Afghan Girls. Thanks to you, Sahar is able to provide girls with the basics of education as well as unique job training opportunities in computers and conduct workshops of early marriage prevention.

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 now offers early marriage prevention workshops throughout the year. Since the launch of this pilot project in 2015, we have graduated 625 girls. Our most recent workshop included 26 9th 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. The pilot project is operating in two rural schools. 

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 will now be eligible to apply for an innovative girls computer coding program that will begin this winter. 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 19 schools, updated 20+ and impacted over 28,000 girls in our schools and programs annually and over 200,000 since our incepton. 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. 

Early Marriage Prevention students
Early Marriage Prevention students
8th grade students at Gawhar Khatoon
8th grade students at Gawhar Khatoon
Teacher Training students
Teacher Training students

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A visit to one of our computer centers
A visit to one of our computer centers

Thank you for donating to our project to educate Afghan Girls. Thanks to you, Sahar is able to provide girls with the basics of education as well as unique job training opportunities in computers and conduct workshops of early marriage prevention.

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 now offers early marriage prevention workshops throughout the year. Since the launch of this pilot project in 2015, we have graduated 625 girls. Our most recent workshop included 26 9th 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. The pilot project is operating in two rural schools. 

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 will now be eligible to apply for an innovative girls computer coding program that will begin this winter. 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 19 schools, updated 20+ and impacted over 28,000 girls in our schools and programs annually and over 200,000 since our incepton. 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. 

Two of our students
Two of our students
Students outside of one of our computer centers
Students outside of one of our computer centers
Students in an Early Marriage Prevention course
Students in an Early Marriage Prevention course

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Girl in class
Girl in class

Thanks to your donations, we can continue to educate the next generation of Afghanistan's youth. 

"Because we try from our hearts and we believe in ourselves and we have our parents with us." A student studying for her education

When you educate a girl in Afghanistan, everything changes. Your help in doing just that goes a long way by supporting literacy development in girls ages 5-22 in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Thanks to donor support, we have been able to both build physical schools as well as develop programs with computers, libraries, early marriage prevention and teacher training that aims to bring more female teachers to rural areas. 

There are currently more girls enrolled in school than at any time in Afghanistan's history with females accounting for 36% of all students. We want to continue this trend and improve upon it until every girl is enrolled in school. The benefits are tremendous:  early marriage is delayed, maternal health improves and the economics of the family likewise improve because girls become employable upon graduation. 

The story below demonstrates what education can mean in the life of a girl.

Shazia is now 18 and was just accepted to the university after receiving a high school education at a school built with and supported by your donor funds.

 “I remembered when my father and mother helped me with my lessons every night and my parents asked me about my tasks and new lessons. I spent all my time going to school and studying my lessons.” She had the first position in her class all 12 years. She said: “I thought it was my duty to learn. "

Shazia is living with her family of 8. Her brother is studying in the Faculty of Agriculture in Balkh University. And her younger brother is in grade 12 in the top position of his class. Her three sisters are also students at the Sahar built school. And they are all in first position in their classes. Shazia said: “Why and how are we able to do this? Because we try from our hearts and we believe in ourselves and we have our parents with us. Parents are a very big power for the children. When they encourage you, you think you have the entire world behind you. I am very happy and lucky that I have my parents with myself.”

Shazia passed the Kankor- like the America SAT -  examination and is now proceeding to university. 

The is fantastic news and thanks to your support of our computer centers, library books and the buildings for Shazia to study in, her success is moving to the next level of education.

Shazia delayed marriage as well as early childbirth. It is a well known fact that an educated mother is more likely to ensure that her children also receive an education and thus break the cycle of extreme poverty and maternal illnesses. Shazia will likely go on to finish her degree and be able to contribute to her family's economic situation. With eight people to support, her efforts will make an enormous difference. She is an example of how educating one girl is having a ripple effect on the entire family. 

Thank you.

Students in a group workshop
Students in a group workshop
Early marriage prevention class graduation
Early marriage prevention class graduation
School wide graduation ceremony
School wide graduation ceremony
Girls celebrating a great day with cake
Girls celebrating a great day with cake

You make a difference in a country where a little bit goes a long way. Thank you.

As one student said, “I have some education now. I know how a young woman should live. I have dreams. Nothing stops me from wanting to be a doctor or teacher. I just want a buliding to go to school in. I am so happy it is coming. Right now we are in a temporary site. Forget all this talk about the Taliban coming back. Just focus on studying. We need female teachers and better study materials."

And while challenges can be found everywhere, incredible progress can too. And that is what you are part of: committed donors who want to see girls advance and realize hopes and dreams just like in America. In many of the schools we support the Ministry of Education in, students and teachers start a day of lessons that include Dari, English, religion, science, math, and life skills. 

According to the Deputy Minister for Education, rural villages—even those nearest the country’s capital—have trouble finding qualified female teachers. Of the 416 districts in Afghanistan, 166 have no women to teach the girls. We have answered this challenge by supporting a Teacher Training Center and helping transport more than 30 young women from insecure rural areas to the Center for training to learn how to teach. This is building capacity in rural villages where females will step into key leadership and teaching roles. 

Your help is met by enthusiasm in the girls. Smiles and giggles meet visitors and our Afghan photojournalist catured wide eyed wonder in the attached photos. Curiousity about life in other places and an endearing sense of the possibilities for their own future were also part of the conversation.

There is of course, much more to do. And your support helps us do that. We continue to repair walls, latrines and roofs in conjunction with village councils and assist with clean water project in a rural area where a well went dry. 

40% of girls are in school nation-wide. But in rural areas, that figure is much lower and the literacy level is extremely low. That translates into this: you are helping educate the first girl in her family and maybe the only person in her family to learn to read and write. 

 With each step comes another strong step and desire for more learning. The support from their famlies to educate their daughters is very real. And the learning is really happening. That is truly a great source for hope for the future.

Girls working together in class
Girls working together in class
Group photo after class
Group photo after class

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Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​sahareducation.org
Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States
$112,963 raised of $140,000 goal
 
1,069 donations
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