Location: Takhar Province, Afghanistan
Afghan Connection has been operating successfully since 2002 through funding education, health and sports projects in Afghanistan, one of the toughest working environments in the world. When Afghan Connection was set up, the Taliban had only just been overthrown and huge educational challenges lay ahead.
Only a million children were in education and less than 5,000 were girls. Sixteen years on, 9 million children are in school of which nearly 3 million are girls. Afghan Connection has played its part in this transition with the funding of 41 school construction projects for over 50,000 children, many of whom have illiterate parents.
However the Afghan Connection doesn’t just build classrooms. Its education program has evolved considerably over the past decade and the experience of working in Afghanistan has led this non-profit to find solutions to the problems that stop children from both accessing and completing an education.
At the start Afghan Connection provided medical equipment and training and support for vaccination programmes, immunising more than 72,000 women and children a year.
Their work focused increasingly on education, in the belief that it is the cornerstone for progress in Afghanistan. They’ve supported school building across 10 provinces of Afghanistan and have funded 46 school constructions which have supported more than 75,000 children.
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