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.
Students in a group workshop
Early marriage prevention class graduation
School wide graduation ceremony