Author Dr. Abdul Qayum Safi Launches Drive to Raise $ 100,000 to establish a computer training center for Rural Schools in Afghanistan. Virginia-based 501(c) (3) charity organization has already electrified three schools and office of the Director of Education in Khas Kunar, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
The odds are stacked against children getting educated if they are from the Khas Kunar in Kunar Province in rural Afghanistan. Many are from families too poor to spare them for the school day.
Even if they attend school, these Pashto-speaking children may need to learn other languages to progress because Afghanistan does not have a single national language.
Rural children may not be eligible to advance because scarce seats in classrooms usually go to members of a privileged family or clan, to children with better family connections or to children in Afghanistan’s capital or its other major cities.
Some of Kunar Province’s children may not get educated because they are girls living in a society that values sons above daughters.
Kunar Province’s children also do not get as much help getting schooling from international charities because they live in one of the least secure parts of Afghanistan.
Finally, many of the rural schools operate without electricity, clean water or the technology needed to prepare students to succeed says Dr. Qayam Safi, an Afghan expat, naturalized U.S. citizen, author of One Life: An Afghan Remembers, and director of a Virginia-based charity on a mission to help Afghanistan’s rural school children.
“Despite the obstacles, we’re optimistic. Since December 2013 we have installed solar panels to electrify three schools: a girls’ high school, a boys' high school, and a boys' middle school, in addition to the office of the Director of Education, in the district of Khas Kunar, Kunar, Afghanistan,” said Dr. Safi. “Our next goal is to raise $100,000 to build a computer training center and equip it with needed hardware and software.” , said Safi, who noted that a school in Khas Kunar was planning to hire a computer instructor but had no computers for students or teachers.
Dr. Safi is seeking donations, volunteers willing to help raise money and look for schools interested in becoming sister schools to those in Khas Kunar. To learn more about the project and 501(c)3 Afghan Rural Schools (ARS), visit www.afghanruralschools.org.
“We have connections to the villages, schools and local officials in Khas Kunar. My relatives teach at these schools, and I talk with them weekly, so I can be sure what we give will end up in the right hands,” said Safi.
Dr. Safi is seeking invitations to speak to audiences throughout the District of Columbia, New York and New England about his book, his organization, experiences growing up in Afghanistan, Afghan politics and the issues facing Afghanistan’s new government. He is the author of a memoir, One Life: An Afghan Remembers (Create Space, $16.95, ISBN 9781470068806). Dr. Safi has pledged all proceeds from book sales to Afghan Rural Schools. Contact him at (703) 542-2724 or our e-mail address, email@example.com.
ABOUT AFGHAN RURAL SCHOOLS,
Afghan Rural Schools (ARS) is a 501(c)3 charity based in Chantilly, Virginia. Its mission is to ensure that Afghanistan’s rural school children get a good education. ARS’s is currently raising money to establish a computer training center in Khas Kunar, Kunar, Afghanistan. To learn more, visit www.afghanruralschools.com or contact us at our e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Our EIN is 46-3424470 and our DUNs number is 066302685.
ABOUT DR. QAYUM SAFI
Dr. Safi was born in Kunar, Afghanistan. He attended a boarding high school in Kabul before earning his undergraduate degree from American University in Beirut, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. Dr. Safi is fluent in English, Dari, Pashto, and Arabic and has been working in Northern Virginia for the last 18 years. He is the director of Afghan Rural Schools (ARS) and author of One Life: An Afghan Remembers. Qayum and his wife of 39 years, Anna, have three children and two grandchildren and live in Northern Virginia.
The founder of Afghan Rural Schools, Qayum Safi, grew up in Kunar Province. He has taken to heart the saying, "No matter where you go, you will always come back to the children of your ancestors."
During Qayum's childhood there was only one elementary school for
boys in the district. There was no school for girls and no high school. Of the 35 children in his class, he was the only one who continued his education in a high school.
With a government scholarship, he was sent to a boarding school in Kabul to attend junior and senior high school. Later, he went on to Beirut, Lebanon for his BA and to pursue graduate studies in the USA.
There are many promising young people in Afghanistan. Living in a rural village should not prevent a child from achieving his or her full potential. Nor, should a child have to travel such a circuitous route simply to receive an education.