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The Aschiana Foundation has received an outpouring of compassionate response to the article that ran in the New York Times and other publications about the six year-old Afghan girl sold by her father into an impending marriage to pay off a family medical debt. She will now get to stay with her parents in a refugee camp in Kabul, thanks to an anonymous donor who is paying off the debt of $2,500.
Our Foundation has no easy answers for these issues affecting displaced persons, cultural practices involving child brides, and repression of women, but poverty is certainly the underlying cause. The most effective tool in preventing these incidents and breaking the cycle of poverty is education. Aschiana’s educational and vocational programs and its newly opened medical clinic are making a difference in the lives of many children and families caught up in the tragedies that so many years of warfare have inflicted on Afghanistan and its people.
Please be assured that donations made to our Foundation in response to this story will help support Aschiana’s programs in Afghanistan. Desperate situations can be alleviated and prevented with your help.
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Their work often provides the only means of support for their families. They often have only a piece of bread a day and little chance to go to school. Many have lost one or both parents during the many years of conflict in Afghanistan.
Aschiana provides them with hope and a better life. This grassroots program offers them food, healthcare, literacy and vocational training.
The Aschiana Foundation in the United States provides financial assistance to Aschiana to help it provide educational and humanitarian programs that benefit working street children in Afghanistan.