“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.
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’s It Going?
As of November 2015, with the funds received, 71 Classrooms have been built in the past 5 years. More than 15,300 students are benefitting from the schools built.
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.
March 2016 During spring break, the 100 Classroom Project Manager Azalea visited Afghanistan. She met with the school officials and the local Afghanistan project managers to confirm the site and the building plans for Phase 3’s new 10-classroom school. Javid Noori, Local Project Manager in Afghanistan, talking with a local building contractor.