ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Help Afghan children secure their futures through quality education
Because of years of war and instability, the Afghan government is unable to provide quality education and safe shelter for children. More than 10% of schools have closed due to insecurity, warfare and targeted destruction, while most schools are housed in tents, mosques and private homes. 3.3 million children (or 32% of the school-age population), the majority of whom are girls, remain out of school. Furthermore, Afghanistan has the highest level of gender disparity in education in the world with only 21% of girls able to complete primary education.
Mahboba’s Promise understands that education can help alleviate poverty for many children. We focus on providing access to safe houses and improving opportunity to education for underprivileged Afghan children, enabling them to acquire the skills needed to lead positive and sustainable change within society. We aim to break the cycle of poverty by supporting disadvantaged children - both boys and girls – in local communities in Kabul, Panjshir and Takhar.
Our youth and child development projects focus on these areas:
- Early Childhood Development
Early education care assists both children and mothers. Children are able to develop the skills needed to transition into the formal schooling system, while mothers receive childcare options if they need to work.
- Basic Education
We directly tackle the issue of accessibility to basic education by improving infrastructure and providing good quality education to children.
- Life Skills for Adolescents
As time moves on and children from our centre grow older, we help young adults to develop life skills that will enable them to live independently.
- Safe Shelter
We provide safe shelter and improve the living standards of disadvantaged children.
- Equal Opportunity
Because of the gender disparity in Afghanistan, we aim to provide equal opportunity to education for both boys and girls.
STORIES FROM OUR PROJECTS
HOPE HOUSE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE – KABUL
Hope House Kabul provides safe shelter for vulnerable orphans, allowing them to focus on reaching their full potential. Hope House Kabul delivers support services, medical care, education and vocational training to children and youth in order to equip them with the skills needed to create a positive contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
OFF-AWAY HOUSE – KABUL
Off-away House, located next door to Kabul Hope House, helps those who have reached adulthood find their feet as they take on an independent life of university study or paid employment.
HOPE HOUSE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE - KABUL
The Early Education Centre in Hope House Kabul is for children aged 0-7 years old. The centre takes a combination of fee and non-fee paying students to offset the costs of tuition for those families who cannot afford it.
HOPE HOUSE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE – PANJSHIR VALLEY
Hope House Panjshir Valley provides safe accommodation and learning opportunities to orphans in the local area as well as educational and vocational classes to youth and women in the surrounding villages.
HOPE HOUSE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE – PANJSHIR VALLEY
With the success of the Kabul Early Education Centre, Mahboba’s Promise saw how valuable early education is to families who may otherwise be unable to access it for their children. A second early Education Centre was established at Panjshir Hope House in July 2016 for local children aged 0-7 years.
HOPE HOUSE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE – TAKHAR
Takhar Hope House has its roots in the Takhar earthquake of 1998 and the Jalozai refugee camp in Peshawar that followed. Now returned to their home land, children also get access to vocational training.
ABDARA GIRLS’ SCHOOL
Abdara Girls School was the very first girls’ school to operate in the area, opening in 2003 with 20 brave students attending. Since then, the school has grown and now has 350 girls studying grades 1 to 12. Graduates from Abdara Girls School have gone on to pursue further education at university, and the school recently produced the first young woman from the region to go on and study law.
INITIATIVES OF CHANGE CAUX SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Initiatives of Change is a worldwide movement with an aim to transform society. Since 2010 Mahboba’s Promise has been sending young Afghans to their leadership training program located at Asia Plateau in India.