Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan

by Sahar Education
Girls enter one of our urban schools.
Girls enter one of our urban schools.

Your dollars make the dreams of the girls in our schools in northern Afghanistan possible. With the quality education that you help us provide, these girls will have the opportunity to enter the workforce after graduation, improve their communities, and even stand up for gender equality in Afghanistan.   

“My goal is to become a police officer one day,” said a girl from one of our schools. “I have seen explosions on TV and saw that many police officers got injured. But I didn’t get scared. Because the enemies want to scare us so that we won’t be able to serve our country. But I want to go against their wish.”

These girls, who are determined to learn and to make their dreams a reality in spite of difficult conditions, are returning to schools in the thousands. 10.5 million children in Afghanistan are currently enrolled, and 40% of them are females. You have helped us expand in order to serve these girls, as we are in the process of building additional rooms and making roof repairs. You have helped us supply the increasing demand at our schools for new desks, chairs, blackboards, library books, school supplies, and textbooks. By giving girls these materials, you have helped them thrive in the classroom and maximize their learning experiences.

You have also supported the addition of libraries and lab equipment to our schools. The computer centers at two of our schools continue to train girls in essential comptuer skills and improve their chances of employment or higher education, and we have recently opened a third in order to reach even more. 120 girls are currently enrolled in the first round of classes and are excited to begin developing their technical skills for the future.      

We believe that every girl in Afghanistan should have access to education and a teacher she can rely on. These girls should go to a school that they can feel proud of and safe in. We thank you for supporting this vision, and for allowing girls at our schools to imagine a future for themselves as productive, empowered individuals.      

A girl studies her notes.
A girl studies her notes.
Computer Center Training
Computer Center Training

Donor Impact: Increasing Literacy Rates & Technical Skills of Girls in Northern Afghanistan 

Afghanistan's youth are connected to the digital world just like kids anywhere. Except some are so mired in poverty that they can't find a way to be connected. That is where you come in. Your dollars have helped bridge that gap. The way to educate girls now -- with all the benefits of self-esteem, wider world views, family health, economic health -- is to introduce her to, and educate her in, the computer technology that will change her life and opportunities. Every contribution, small and large, fills the critical need to purchase computers and build out new centers that provide courses for girls to become computer literate. Tapping into technology changes opportunities and changes life's circumstances for each girl who has the ability to attend our centers.

Keyboarding to Change.

28,000 students, mostly girls, attend our schools in Northern Afghanistan. Final exams were administered in June and students are now on break until September. A year ago, however, something unusual began to happen: as we opened our first and then second computer center, we could not keep up with the demand for more computers, more teachers and more centers. It was remarkable. From mullahs to mothers, everyone wanted their daughters to be at the cutting edge of the keyboard. The future, according to the leaders of the community, was on the keyboard and the Ministry of Education agreed as they approached us asking to keep the centers open year-round. We responded with a commitment to raise funds to buy computers and open centers, hire teachers and keep girls in the seats that would expand their literacy to include computer certification courses too. Over 400 girls have graduated with certification credentials from our centers. 

A young woman visiting the computer center of one of our schools in the Balkh Province reports,

“This [computer literacy program] will help girls in their studies in school and also gives girls the opportunity to move beyond the boundaries, to learn beyond their textbooks. The more access to better educational facilities for girls, the more powerful our troop of educated girls will be. Connecting these girls to computers is connecting them to the world.”

Empowering Girls. Changing Lives. 

Your dollars have provided Afghan girls with access to the world at their fingertips. With new computers, these girls will be able to learn about national and international affairs, become connected to a global community, and empower themselves by strengthening their voices through social media platforms, as well as learn new technical skills required for employment. You have helped us meet the high demand for more computer literacy courses in our schools.

 Learning computer skills creates more educational and employment opportunities for Afghan girls and enables them to learn about other countries, such as the U.S., encouraging open-mindedness and respect for national and international cultural differences. 

 Doors of Opportunity

Donors have the power to open doors of opportunity for the girls in our schools, as these centers teach computer skills to girls, leading to a certification that makes them eligible for certain kinds of employment. Acquiring these technical skills will allow girls to become more economically independent, which increases their confidence, self-reliance, and status in their communities.

Computer course graduates are positioned better to take the Koncur exam, similar to our SAT exams that prepare them for entrace to universities in Afghanistan. From social media to family finances, the incentives for computer skill acquisition are enormous. Now, all the girls need is a keyboard in front of them and that is where you, our donors, come in. Thank you and keep it up. It truly makes a difference.

Studying for Certification Exam
Studying for Certification Exam
Girls Visiting Before Computer Class
Girls Visiting Before Computer Class
Window of Computer Center
Window of Computer Center

Educating 28,000 girls in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan has required a robust donor support system. You are part of that support. The power of your dollars helps provide ACCESS to education for girls ages 5-20 in 12 schools.

Harsh realities. Powerful Responses.

The harsh Afghan weather took a tool on the roof of one of our schools in Mazar-i-Sharif. Your dollars are helping repair that roof. The potential public health impact of mold and a leaking roof on 3,500 girls was apparent and our team on the ground took immediate action. Mold and dripping water was becoming apparent as the winter damage to the roof continued to affect the classrooms. The power of your donor dollars enabled staff to tackle the roof issue with the school principal and construction team and begin replacing the roof. Powerful and Quick Responses.

Changing Lives. Advocating for Girls.

Afghan culture requires that girls are taught by female teachers after primary school. ACCESS to education requires training female teachers and that is just what the power of your dollars has helped us do. Our teacher training program has graduated 365 women to go back into their communities and teach. Our rural village schools - 9 total -- employ women from this center and in turn keep girls in school. They mentor, model and educate girls. Powerful tools to change lives.

On behalf of the Afghan girls we serve and you support, thank you. 

You matter to the girls at this school. Winter break just ended and much to our surprise as the doors are opening, a new but exciting problem presented itself: we don't have enough room for the number of girls who want to go to school. The number of younger children who came to the front doors with their mothers asking to attend school exceeded expectations. We need to respond. The classes are more crowded then ever and we will find the room while desiging -- over time -- expansions of the current rooms. This means more desks and texts. Your support is crucial. 

Our team on the ground used the time to continue repairs to the school building and proceeded with the installation of the computer center. Administration officials remain wildly enthusiastic about the center and community endorsement of providing the girls with computer literacy is equally enthusiastic. 

Your donor dollars will also help with ongoing repairs needed at the school including: the reinforcement of the roof after a difficult winter that created pooling of water and resulting mold; enhancement of latrines and the pathways to the latrines from the school buildings as well as the increasing the height of the security wall surrounding the school. 

" I am so grateful to go to school. I want to be a doctor and serve my community. During my time off at home, I arrange myself a space on the table for my studies to increase my level of understanding. I am willing to work very hard." girl at school for 3,000+ 

Make a difference. Support girls' education especially now when the questions mount about, 'what will happen when the U.S. military leaves Afghanistan?" Ayni Education International is a great institutional presence and the non profit of choice for your dollars to go a very long way to educating girls. Thank you.

Here is a photo from our project, "Expand and supply a school for 3,000+ Afghan girls"!


The school liaison that Ayni hired is regularly visiting the school, taking photos, and keeping up with the students as they graduate. The liaison interviews the girls to understand the impact that your dollars have on her life. As our school liaison gathers these stories, we translate them from Dari to English for our donors to gain a deeper understanding into the lives of Afghan girls attending our schools.


Due to the extreme weather conditions in northern Afghanistan, we have been conducting general maintenance on the school, and have re-painted some parts of it. The design and implementation of the computer center is moving along. The equipment has been purchased, and course curriculum is being designed.


We are continuing to raise funds for construction of the driveway and sidewalk leading to the girls’ school. Thank you for your support through GlobalGiving!


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Sahar Education

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Ginna Brelsford
Seattle, WA United States
$95,777 raised of $99,000 goal
866 donations
$3,223 to go
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