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Children as young as 6 years old SHOULD NOT have to become breadwinners for their families. Aschiana strives to provide a safe haven for children to learn basic and vocational skills, as well as nourish and keep them off the streets.

Aschiana (“nest” in Dari Farsi) was founded in 1995 by Engineer Yousef Mohamed to help children working on the streets in Kabul, Afghanistan. He witnessed the desperation and poor conditions of children he encountered and established Aschiana to provide a refuge where they could learn educational and vocational skills.

Operated uninterrupted for more than twenty years, Aschiana has trained, nourished and mentored more than 80,000 children and young adults.

The Aschiana Foundation (AF) was established in 2004 by a group of dedicated and passionate women in Washington, DC to support the work of Aschiana in Afghanistan.