We're Continuing our Campaign at Global Giving
Thanks to all of you who have visited this page, we completed the Indiegogo campaign with a good head-start to keep AAE schools open. These schools are reaching Afghan women, girls and boys who otherwise would have no chance of education. They are truly life-changing schools as the 1007 graduates can attest.
Our initial $10,000 goal funds one school of 300 students for a month. Over a period of 10 years, we have built 13 schools and a year-around curriculum, so you can see that more fund raising is required to keep all 13 schools open. Visit our new campaign at http://www.globalgiving.org/14518 to fund all 13 schools to assure education, rebuilding of Afghanistan and freedom from terrorism.
We must keep all 13 schools open and make up for the lack of funding as a result of cut-backs in USAID into Afghanistan. This requires much more than the initial $10,000 mentioned in this starting goal. This campaign is only the beginning and a very important start for rebuilding peace and stabilizing Afghanistan.
Please visit our new campaign and become a champion by referring others to the new campaign. When 25 people donate to the Global Giving campaign and refer another to donate through the share button at Global Giving, we receive an additional $500 from global Giving. Please be one of these champions. Visit there now.
Protect the Sacrifices Made to Stop Terrorism.
Under the current education system in Afghanistan, if a boy is 10 years old and uneducated, his future is bleak and hopeless. There are millions of such boys in Afghanistan and they struggle to survive. They can either sell potatoes on the streets or join the militants and become suicide bombers.
A bleak fate also awaits an uneducated girl. She doesn’t have the option of selling potatoes, however. She faces marriage to a much older man and a life of hardship and abuse.
The only real hope for millions of Afghan boys and girls is education.
Who We Are
Aid Afghanistan for Education, www.aidafghanistanforeducation.org, has developed an accelerated education program, where students who missed years of education due to wars, can go through primary and secondary education and earn their high school diploma within 8 years. Neither the current government system nor any other non-profit organizations offer such program for this unfortunate sector of the population.
In operation since 2003, AAE is providing high-quality education for 3000 female and 104 male students. AAE uses the government curriculum as a requirement for university exam,
My name is Hassina Sherjan. I am an Afghan woman who decided to take the education I received in the United States back to Afghanistan to help rebuild my home country. With this idea in my mind and heart, I founded Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) in 1999, establishing five clandestine schools for young women during a time of extreme oppression. You may learn more about me through my TedX talk, included in the media tab for this campaign, and you can hear me speak in depth at the Wilson Center on CSPAN at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/308928-1.
Why We Need Your Help
Since March 17, 2013, AAE has not received any funding and is faces closure. More than 250 teachers have not been paid for the past three months. Worse, many students are losing hope that they can have better lives through education.
If AAE’s programs are forced to close, millions of people in Afghanistan will suffer. All of the 3000 students attending classes are connected to families and communities in nine provinces, meaning millions more will have no hope for a better life.
If AAE is forced to close, it will mean the waste of 12 years of work that is just starting to bear fruit. But worse, it will threaten stability and peace in Afghanistan and throughout the world.
Unless high-quality education is provided for all Afghans, with emphasis on educating mothers, Afghanistan will not survive.
This is not only a problem for Afghanistan; this is a global crisis. World peace can only be achieved by ensuring people throughout the world are educated and can live productive lives.
It doesn’t take much to make a difference. For only $360, you can support one student for a year and help provide hope to a family, to a community, to a nation and to our world. By saving one life, we really can save the world.
We need your help now. Our funding from USAID, since 2007, ended March 17, 2013. We are fervently working with Ministry of Education to include this program, for the marginalized Afghans, within the Ministry, but it is time consuming and it will take, at least one or two years.
In the meantime, we have teachers who would rather keep teaching without pay than stop, but this cannot continue. We must get support from people who see how important education is to stabilizing Afghanistan and protecting the progress that has been made at great expense in lives and money.
Please look at the contribution levels and stretch to give and keep peace in Afghanistan.
Our Accomplishments To Date.
Today, AAE has grown to operate 13 schools for girls and women throughout Afghanistan. We have over 3000 students, and recently started a school for boys. The boys need education, too, to build hope and strength that prevents vulnerability to extremism.
Through this growth, the goal of AAE remains the same; to educate young Afghan females who have no other access to education, so they can improve their lives, and the lives of their families. I need your assistance today because our 13 schools are threatened with closure.
As I write to you, Afghanistan is still one of the poorest countries on earth. Despite gains, 72% of the Afghan population is illiterate, polio still exists though it is eradicated in almost every other country, and a woman dies every two hours from a pregnancy-related issue.
Our work here is still direly needed. However, international aid to Afghanistan is declining, and USAID, who has been funding AAE since 2007, is no longer able to renew our grant.
We Are Building Sustainability Along with Our Country.
Our organization is on its way to becoming self-sustainable, but we need more time. We are creating a sponsorship system, an individual donor database, reaching out to local Afghans, to Ministries, and a variety of foundations. Though we are well on the path towards being sustainable, this work does not happen quickly.
On March 17, if we do not have $486,000 to get us through the next six months, we will have to shut down our 13 schools, closing doors on our 3,104 students who are not allowed in any other school.
These students are barred from formal education for multiple reasons; they may be “overage.” (There is nothing under the Ministry of Education for a 10 year old, who have not had access to education. Due to 30 years of war, there are millions of Afghans who had not had access to education.) They may be one of Afghanistan’s 5.7 million returned refugees, many of whom have no paperwork, or they may be married females. (Ministry does not allow married women to be attending high school and there are millions of young mothers, who would love to earn their high school degree.)
One of Our Students
They may be like Mastura, once a cook in our school, not educated during the time of the Taliban, too old to join government schools today. Mastura enrolled in AAE, received her diploma, and is now teaching math in the same school where she was once a cook. She now supports her family and the young women in her classroom in a way she couldn't have chosen to do without AAE.
It is essential to educate this group. These girls, mostly in their teens and early twenties, are already young mothers, or most likely soon will be. A woman with education will have less children than a woman who is uneducated, and is likely to provide those she has – Afghanistan’s next generation– with greater opportunities.
We need to go on. For these girls and women, education is life-saving. It means a chance at income, the ability to read their rights, the ability to make reproductive choices, and the chance to choose a future different from the one society handed them-- different for themselves, and different for their children.
Will you work with us? Will you help us save our schools?
...And help stabilize Afghanistan through education?
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