Support education for marginalized children, Kabul

by Action for Development (AfD)
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul
Support education for marginalized children, Kabul

Since we last spoke, much has happened in Afghanistan! We have two major updates to share with you. One, we have been able to expand the education program, and two, our children are returning to their regular classes!

 

At Action for Development, we seek to provide education to street working children all over Afghanistan. In July 2021, we identified a new location for a school: a local market in Charikar City, Kapisa Province (63Km north from Kabul). Street-working children in this city largely depend on their daily earnings; families are used to involving their children in their daily work. Child labour is not prohibited there and as such, there is no way to eradicate it apart from enrolling the children in school. We considered the location appropriate since at the time, there were no schools nearby for children to be enrolled. Now, there is an AfD school! The site guarantees accessibility for the children and should be as safe as can be in the current climate. 27 children, out of which 11 are girls, are already enrolled.

Classes at the new site started in August and continue today, despite a government-mandated closure from August 15th to September 15th due to the Covid-19 lockdowns in Afghanistan. 

These children need your help! Your donation would help us to improve the education in each location, continue to provide the children with their main meal of the day, as well as include more children in the program. None of this would have been possible without your contributions, and none of it can go on unless you keep them coming! 

 

Back in Kabul, the school was also closed during the period mentioned above for Covid reasons. Though attendance of classes has dropped significantly (especially when it comes to girls) due to the recent turmoil in the country, the children are slowly returning to school. The community has yet to trust in their safety again, as many still fear to leave their houses, and our school is an important contribution to their resuming their daily lives. After all, the children get their main meal of the day from us! This is why your donations are so important - they ensure that we can maintain the school, which, in turn, ensures that people can find a way to live their lives again. 

Despite all the unrest, we are still here. We have adapted to the government’s rules and regulations and are offering the girls (above the age of 13) in our care further education through a Vocational Education and Training Program. As soon as we can get this off the ground, we can continue to provide a safe place to keep them off the streets, learn skills such as embroidery, and eat well. Once again, your donations are essential for this project to be realised! We need your help to quickly adapt to the new situation so that we can continue to help the children in our communities. 

 

Your help makes a huge difference!

 

Every donation counts!

 

Thank you for your generous support,

The Team at AfD

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Like everywhere, 2020 has been a challenging year. For many families it has meant keeping children home, and for others it has meant that children's education was entirely interrupted and their lives uprooted.The need for children to have access to education had been documented in reports and studies for decades, and yet, many still do not have access to this fundamental right.

Action for Development has worked to ensure that the most marginalized children have kept up with their education when it was safe for them to do so. Although closed temporarily for 3 months due to the Government imposed lockdown,  teachers managed to stay in touch with the majority of the students enrolled in AfD's school - they went to see them on the streets, in their home or, if possible, contacted them through their parents.

"I am Malalai. Before I joined the school for street working children l could not read and write. But now l read a magazine that my teacher gives me every day and this was my biggest ambition - to read the texts from books. l am grateful to you for providing me with this opportunity."

Our classrooms are currently running at full capacity and we would like to give more children like Malalai the chance to learn how to read and write. 

With your help we would like to:

  • Open new classrooms to be able to accommodate 300 more children
  • Continue provideing a daily meal for all children 
  • Introduce regular health checks and vaccinations for children in collaboration with the AfD Health Centre
  • Continue training female teachers to learn the new official curriculum in Afghanistan
  • Equip classrooms with technology to introduce new teaching methods
  • Offer English lessons to children and teachers

My name is Shbana, and it is almost one year that l study in the school for street-working children. l am the first child of my family that got access to education by the help of you. Now l have learned to read and write and l can help my brothers and sisters. One day our village representative brought a form for filling, when I filled that form correctly, my father was proud of me. Thanks a lot for providing me with the opportunity of learning.

Your help can make a huge difference, especially where it is needed most.

Every donation counts!

Thank you for your generous support,

The Team at AfD

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This young student’s name is Safeullah and he attends AfD’s school for street-working children in Kabul.

Safeullah’s father was killed in a suicide attack; to support his family, he washes cars on the street and sometimes sells plastic too. He lives at his uncle’s house with his mother, two brothers and three younger sisters.

“Sometimes we have food to eat and sometimes we do not. When I was younger, I could not go to school due to our family situation and I had remained illiterate; I am happy I found AfD’s school and registered! Since I started school, I have been very happy, I have learned to read and write, I can calculate the amount of money I earn and I can use it in the proper way. AfD’s school is a very good place for growth and development; here we can study, learn new things and eat healthy food. There have been many positive changes in my life. Now I attend the 3rd grade. I can read and write stories on my own and I am happy to say that I can teach my siblings what I learn!”

Safeullah attends AfD’s school for street-working children in Kabul, along with about 200 children, boys and girls aged between 5 and 15 years. The education program is currently active in two locations in the greater Kabul area. 

To continue providing a safe place for children like Safeullah, AfD needs your support!

Every donation counts!

 

Thank you for your generous support,

The Team at AfD

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Asma is a young student at AfD's school for street-working children in Kabul.

The education program, launched in 2016, hosts boys and girls aged 5 to 15, providing basic literacy and numeracy skills. The children enrolled in the program are not able to attend public school, as they either cannot afford the expenses related to schooling or are forced to work on the streets of Kabul in order to support their families.

The children attending AfD's schools are also offered a meal every day; for most of them this is the first and only meal of the day.

In 2018 a sports training program was introduced! Children can now safely play at a rented football field where they are trained by a qualified football instructor. Last year, AfD was able to open the program to girls, and currently we have an all-girl football team!

Currently, AfD has two schools open in Kabul. Both locations had to shut down in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that also affected Afghanistan. The schools were closed for about two months and finally re-opened in June 2020.

Asma told her teacher: "I had very difficult days during lockdown; I had to work on the street, even if I was scared of the coronavirus, I had to work. At night I would have nightmares about getting sick, we could not afford health care and we did not have proper food to eat. When I was working on the street I was scared of contracting the virus. When I heard that the school had re-opened I was very happy, I had hope again about life and about studying, I decided to come here. At school, we get our hands disinfected and they provide us with a mask, and we also eat healthy food. This way I have the energy to work and provide for my family. Thank you for being here and for helping us".

With your support we can continue providing a safe environment for children in Kabul. Lets give every child the right to receive education! Donate today to support the school for street-working children and help us reach the most vulnerable communities of Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

The AfD Team

 

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Dear Supporter,

We hope you, your family and your loved ones are safe and healthy, during this uncertain and difficult time. We take this opportunity to inform you about the progress our project "School for street-working children" in Kabul has made during the past year.

In 2019 AfD was able to include a sports training to the education program; a secure football pitch was rented to let the children participate in football training sessions. Children met four times a week for one hour (Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Three training sessions were reserved for boys and one session for girls. As of December 2019, we had 86 children enrolled in the football training sessions, including 18 girls. 

In addition to the education and sport programs, AfD’s schools also contribute to the children’s appropriate nutrition by serving meals. Each school serves one meal per day for each child. For many of the children, the meal they receive at school is their only meal of the day.

In 2019 we ran a total of nine classrooms at three different facilities in Kabul; each location was selected on the basis of guaranteeing safety to the children; proximity was also important, as it allows children to easily and safely reach the location closer to them. Since the program was first launched in October 2016, the number of children has been increasing on a regular basis. 

At the end of 2019 the program had enrolled 206 children, of which 84 girls.

  • Kart-e-char:  this area is close to where many of the children work, the 3rd district of Kabul; at this facility we offer two classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon; 91 children were enrolled at this facility. The two classrooms, along with a kitchen for the preparation of meals, are located in a secure space, an office complex housing a wide variety of businesses, the Aruj mall. 
  • Baburshah center:  we run two morning and two afternoon sessions at this facility, which enrolled 89 children. The meal preparation is outsourced to local cooks, which bring the pre-cooked lunches to the school.
  • AfD’s Comprehensive Health Center: at the health clinic, we run 1 afternoon session with 26 children; here the classroom benefits from the existing security personnel.  The children are provided with snacks, like biscuits and dried fruit. 

Following AfD’s efforts to increase women’s participation in the workforce throughout  all of our programs, it is worth reporting that the education program employs a team of qualified Afghan women composed by five teachers and one program coordinator. 

We would like to thank our donor community and their continued generosity, which has supported the project throughout these years. With your support, AfD can continue providing education to marginalized and vulnerable children in Kabul and offer them a better future!

Sincerely,

The Team at AfD



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