Our Progress 2015
In spite of the increased difficulty of getting around the country performers in the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children were able to distribute 8,700 Hoopoe Dari-Pashto bilingual books to children not only in Kabul and Nangarhar, but also to Mazar and Andkhoy in the north. They are an extraordinary organization, working in spite of all the difficulties they encounter so that Afghan children have the opportunity to bring messages of joy and happiness through their wonderful performances and workshops. See YouTube for their latest video.
Our partner Dr. Farid Bazger met recently with Ms. Zamani of the Education Development department of the Ministry of Education who left a list of the large number of Kabul Government schools who now have a set of our books, and photos of some of the students who have received them (examples above).
We have provided 8,800 books and teacher guides to the Lamia Afghan Foundation for their newest school for girls, and 6,000 Dari-Pashto Hoopoe books were also donated to the many young people confined in juvenile jails in Kabul city. These girls and boys are often the innocent victims, rather than the perpetrators, and in too many cases can never return home. Chain-link fences close them off from each other and from the world. Our hope is to bring a little light into each young person’s life by giving them each at least one book to own and share with others.
Early 2015 the Aga Khan Foundation purchased 1,000 Dari-Pashto books for 100 of their school libraries.
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Books distributed by Zeyar Civil Society to children in Logar Province
In partnership with Khatiz Organization for Rehabilitation (KOR), Zeyar Civil Society (ZCS) has distributed 4000 Hoopoe Books to three locations in Logar province. The books included 200 of each of 10 titles by Idries Shah in Dari-Pashto and in English, in addition to 750 teacher guides. A half-day teacher-training course was held in the 3 distribution locations: the Danish educational center, Logar Naween educational center and Padkhab, Takht Shah Village.
The overall literacy rate in Logar province is very low, with less than one-third of all men able to read and only 9% of women. The presence of the Taliban in the province, particularly in rural areas, exacerbates this problem.
Due to insecurities in the area, Hoopoe Books and teacher-guides were distributed from a training center located in the local mosque in Padkhab, Takht Shah Village.
“Most of the people in the area were against books that have pictures in it, but after setting with the Imam of the Mosque, finally they have agreed on distributing these books. We have given a bundle of books to the representatives of homes, to take it with them and give it to their daughters” said Mr. Rafiullah Stanikzai, Head of ZCS.
The majority of students travel from rural areas to study at the Danish education center which provides an inexpensive place of safety.
Logar Naween educational center is a private school located in the center of Logar’s capital, Pul-e-Alam. Most of the children who study here live in the city.
ZCS arranged for the local radio station, Radio Zeenat, to broadcast Hoopoe stories every day in the morning and evening. Zeenat broadcasts reach almost five provinces including all of Logar. The station donated Hoopoe Books as prizes for a youth program in Logar province.
The Afghan Volunteer Women’s Association (AVWA) took 650 Dari-Pashto books to distribute to some of the girls in the school that they run in the village of Bojasar in a remote rural area of mud villages about an hour from Kabul.
We were told by Nadia Nashir, the President, that:
“The children were very happy when they received these story books. They were not familiar with such books, and are very happy that books are in 2 languages. They said that they can now read Pashto as well. They were grateful and very happy.”