More than a third of our students are children who have fled to Kabul to escape violence in their home provinces. And there are the street-working children, whose struggling families need them to earn money and help buy food, fuel or lodgings. It is vital that we can work like this going on. Your Zakat would be a great help. We know that it is important that your Zakat reaches the right people, and we have created a special fund that will only help one of our projects in Afghanistan.
Our centres are in particularly poor areas of Kabul, where there are high numbers of children out of school.
Just as importantly, the centres are usually just a few minutes’ walk away from the children’s homes. This is especially important for girls. The proximity of our education centres is often the factor that persuades parents in to allowing their girls to attend.
It is vital that we can keep centres like these going on. Your Zakat would be a great help.
Before establishing any education centre our Afghan staff will meet with Imams and Wakils (community leaders). These leaders join us in advocating for local children, including girls, to be allowed to attend our education centres. Their influence can be invaluable.
We also invite parents of prospective students to visit existing centres to see how they are run and to meet the teachers.
Our engagement with the community is continuous, and is key to us being able to meaningfully help out-of-school children. Within each education centre is a member of staff who will spend a significant portion of their week out in the community, enrolling out-of-school children, following up on absent pupils and greatly strengthening the education centre’s ties with the community.
With your Zakat you will be supporting work like this, and will make it possible to help more children.