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VIDEO: Qayum Safi's book and Non-profit

Oct. 31, 2014 - 6:28 - Dr. Abdul Qayum on his effort to rebuild schools despite terror threat


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Afghan Rural Schools

Dear Reader,
Afghan Rural Schools is a non-profit 501c3 organization supporting three rural schools, one for girls and two for boys, in Khas Kunar, Kunar, Afghanistan.  ARS has already provided electricity to the three schools and office of the Director of Education in the district. Our next project is to establish a computer center in a central location accessible to all the three schools.
A few years ago, I looked back in the rear view mirror and realized how much my own life had changed for the better as a result of receiving three USAID scholarships which had enabled me to get out of Afghanistan and follow the dreams of my life. I studied at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Education and, later at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I earned my Ed. D. in Educational Testing and Evaluation. It changed my own life and, in addition, the life of my family here in the USA and back in Afghanistan. A couple of years ago, I thought about helping those less fortunate left back in my childhood community in Afghanistan and established this organization. I have donated all the proceeds from the sales of my book entitled, One Life: An Afghan Remembers, to my organization. Please, join me and make a tax-exempt donation to change the life of at east one student for good by clicking the DONATION button and using EIN 46-3424470. I sincerely promise to be one of the donors and pledge to add 20 cents to every Dollar donated. If we are lucky to reach our target of $100,000 to fund phase one of the computer project, I will add $20,000 and sent the information to every donor.
Due to Khas Kunar's proximity to the border with Pakistan, the security situation there seems to be too challenging for international donors to support projects like ours. However,  we are in direct contact with the local community and obtain information about  school needs from village chiefs, school administrators and government officials. We also save considerable amount of money by buying material directly from the local market and hiring local manpower to install and maintain it.  We need support and sponsorship of the US government as well as corporations and individuals from the private market to raise money and complete our project. Down the road, when the building is ready for occupation, we will need  to install a generator for providing uninterrupted electricity to the center, equip the center with needed hardware and software, and hire staff to manage the center.  
Donation can be made by the use of credit cards and will be deposited in the special bank account for Afghan Rural Schools through Pay Pal.
We thank you for your support and look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Abdul Qayum Safi, Ed. D., President
Afghan Rural Schools