Farishta was a girl given a second chance – a girl who took that chance and fought to make the very best of it. She shows what any one of the children we work with can achieve. Children in Crisis’ Andreea Mihaila recently met with Farishta (left in the photo above), now 21, to discuss her time with us and the path she has since followed. These are her words:
My memories of my time at your CBEC (Community Based Education Centre) are very happy ones – it was such a friendly place. My favourite subject was Dari, simply because I wanted to learn to read and write as quickly as possible.
Back in Panjshir Province where I was born, from an early age, about seven years-old, I only worked - herding and milking our sheep. It was a really tough life. And then when we fled to Kabul my father needed me to work making bricks or carrying water.
So in Kabul, my brothers were going to school, but not me. But then, things changed. Some of my cousins started to go to one of the CBECs and so my mother started to argue that I should be allowed too. My parents didn’t trust the State schools, but had been told that the CBEC was a good place and so I was allowed to go.