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A FUTURE FOR CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN

We help to ensure a safe and worth living future for children in Afghanistan by improving education standards, reducing poverty and improving gender equality.

We are a Development Aid Organization founded in 2003 in Grenoble, France to support children in Kabul, Afghanistan - a country which has been destroyed over nearly 40 years of war and violence. Our initial focus was on improving children education - from pre school through university

The country is also known as one of the world's worst places to live for girls and women, due to religious fanatism and Middle Age tribal laws. Therefore defending and promoting womens' fundamental rights became the second focus of our activities, via the implementation of Women Comunity Centers and our emphasis on girls education. 

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Afghanistan is also among the poorest countries in the world with an economy based on a semi - feudal system. More than 90% of the population lives on less than 1 € per day. Fighting poverty, via micro credits to farmers and craftsmen, became our third focus area.  

Many of our team members are Afghans who have a detailed knowledge of the country's environment and a clear understanding on how to help efficiently and how to turn the situation around.

We are also working on alliances with large Development Organizations to share and scale our proven results for a broader impact.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS 

Education:

In Kabul we developed 2 public schools to a reference standard with 400 children enrolled. We extended this program by opening a preschool in Alice Ghan, a village in the north of the Kabul province.

We are supporting 4 schools with 23 000 children to improve teaching standards and learning capabilities. Our long term focus has also reduced the drop out rate of children significantly - it is estimated at 50% of boys and 80% of girls at an average.

We are supporting higher education access for 37 young women, through 2-5 years grants, aiming for grade 14 or College diploma. 

 
 

Micro Credits

We implemented a specifc Micro Credit program supporting long term self-sufficiency through loan amounts in the range of € 800 - € 1.300 at 0% (!) interest rate and a duration of 2-3 years. One pre-condition is that beneficiaries must send their children to school - which supports our long term approach.

Our approach is very different from commercial Micro Financing offered by foreign banks and others who target profitability through interest rates of 15-20%!, a low volume of maximum € 250 and a short term of 6-9 months. This type of financing tends to even increase poverty.

In contrast our Micro Credits have helped beneficiaries out of extreme poverty from the very beginning while ensuring their long term autonomie. This is proven by a 100% payback rate of the loans.

 

 

Women Community Centers

Since 2009 we could support 300 women in our 9 months training cycles where they receive 700 hours of regular school education together with sewing courses. These sessions contributed to susbstantial improvements in their personal and family lives, including educational support for their children. 

We also supported 4 000 free of charge maternity and gynecology consultations. We have reached an average of 3 to 4 consultations for each pregnancy, which is a record for a country that has one the highest maternal mortality rates. 

GOALS

Education: 

  • Further development of our teachers training program along with support classes for primary and secondary grades. 
  • Extension of our pre-school footprint in Northern part of Kabul province, with the foundation of a second pre-school in a rural zone (Barik Ab village).
  • Development of sports activities within the supported high schools,  and organization of tournaments.
  • 100 new grants for girls pursuing a College degree.  
 

Women Community Centres:

Additional 500 women in our educational and job training.

Extension of trainings to use of computers, English courses and basics of Office administration.

Additional 7 000 free of charge medical consultations for maternity and gynecology care.

Printing and distribution of 10 000 manuals explaining basic health care.

 

 

 

 
 

Micro Credits:

  • 40 new loans for farmers and craftsmen, of which 25% for women entrepreneurs
  • Sharing of our results with institutional partners for a broader adoption of our successful approach.