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ASCHIANA IN AFGHANISTAN
Operated uninterrupted for more than fifteen years, Aschiana has trained, nourished and mentored more than 50,000 children and young adults. With assistance from the European Community’s Non-Governmental Organization, Terre des Hommes, and supporters from the United States, Aschiana began its activities in March 1995 in Shari-I-Naw area of Kabul city with the aim to address the needs of children begging and working on the streets. By 1998 four centers had been established throughout Kabul and in 2002 a center opened to accelerate education of older girls.
In Kabul, Aschiana operates a number of centers, including one center for older girls who receive vocational training and basic education, and one emergency center for children separated from their families. Aschiana also provides home-based schooling in modest houses for girls unable to seek education in the centers.
At present Aschiana in Afghanistan is engaged in:
- Operating educational programs for street children in Kabul at six centers, of which three are “outreach centers” operating out of big tents in areas with sizeable concentrations of displaced persons and refugees;
- Building an educational center with medical clinic for street children in Kabul. Once completed the center will serve as Aschiana’s headquarters and as a teacher training center;
- Operating eight outreach centers outside of Kabul, including centers in:
Mazari Sharif: One center for vocational training of 300 students and three basic education programs assisting 450 students in tented facilities; this program is focused on rehabilitating children of conflict;
Parwan: Vocational and literacy training for 250 older girls;
Herat: Two basic education programs for 150 refugee children provided in tented facilities;
Gardiz: One center for 300 students offering basic educational and vocational training.