“I ran away from home when I was 10 years old to get an education.” This is what Azalea Lehndorff, our project Manager, recalls about growing up in North America. Determined to give the girls of Afghanistan an opportunity for education, she launched the 100 Classrooms Project. Generous donors who believe in that same dream have funded 71 classrooms so far, investing almost $800,000. With this phase, you have an opportunity to build 10 more classrooms by March 2017 and bring us closer to our goal of providing permanent education for 18,000 students/year in Afghanistan. Click ►HERE to hear more about Azalea and the women she supports.
Ghajary Khana Girls’ School is located northwest of Sheberghan town, around five kilometers from the center of the town, the school has no building at all, there are 765 student, the permanent absentee rate is very high due to lack of facilities, almost all of the students leave school once they complete grade nine though public awareness campaign launched/conducted but still parents don’t let their girls to continue and the main reason they point out is unsafe educational environment.
Khatoon Qala High School is located 13 Kilometers from the center of Sheberghan. Khatoon Qala is rural and underdeveloped. The security situation is stable, unlike other parts of Sheberghan. The number of children enrolled in school in Khatoon Qala has increased over the past few years, according to the Provincial Director of Education. Province and district education authorities have high interest and commitment in educational development of the area.
Our goal is to build and equip 100 Classrooms which represents 12-15 schools with eight classrooms each in Afghanistan. The project activities are: classroom construction, furnishing classrooms with desk and chairs, providing libraries, and science labs.
How It Started
In 2010, Azalea Lehndorff, then an undergraduate student, approached A Better World with a dream to help girls in Afghanistan have the chance to attend school. The first schools were built in 2011 through the joint fundraising efforts of many students in Canada. The combinations of hundreds of small donations, together with major donations have created a successful project to date.
We work closely with the Education Directorate in Jawzjan Province to ensure that the schools are successful. The requests for new schools come from the school leadership councils and are provided to us by the Education Directorate. We then visit the school sites and conduct needs assessments prior to making plans for each year. The Education Directorate pays the teachers and provides the curriculum and operational budget for all schools. A community member donates the land on which the school are built.
Freedom Run was started in 2010 as a fundraiser for the 100 Classrooms Project. The 2k, 5k, and 10k fun run and walking event took place from 2010-2014 and raised $80,000.
July 5, 2018 The schools are almost complete, all that is left to do is to paint them April 16, 2018 The walls are up at both schools. Ghajary Khana Girls’ School Khatoon Qala High School February 18, 2018 Construction on the foundation for both schools has begun.