In the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August of 2021, AGFAF’s libraries and other in-country projects had to be paused or closed. AGFAF continues to explore ways that we might be able to re-open our libraries and continue with our projects. However, until this can be done safely, our in-country projects are sadly on hold. You can read about just a few of the amazing projects our students created and managed, prior to the Taliban takeover, by clicking on the project links.
Current AGFAF students continue to create projects to help the Afghan people. Although, they cannot return to Afghanistan and implement new projects on the ground, this has not deterred our students. If anything, our students are more determined than ever to help their countrymen. To that end, they have become incredibly innovative. Our students are using technology to design programs to help female students continue their studies and learn English. They are also creating curriculums and leading Book Clubs. We are all so proud of our students’ efforts to help others continue their educations and to give hope to those that remain in Afghanistan.
Everyone at AGFAF eagerly awaits the day that we can re-open our facilities and projects and welcome back the bright and courageous girls and women that frequented them prior to the Taliban takeover. In the meantime, we continue to work tirelessly to provide Afghan students with opportunities to continue their studies outside of the country and online.
Whatever your love and passion is, you can pass it on to others.
-Bahaha, AGFAF Student, Drew '20
Literacy is the bridge from misery to hope.
More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
—Henry Ward Beecher
Help us plant the seeds of love of reading and one day they will all bloom.
-Sajia Darwish, AGFAF Student, Mount Holyoke '17
In 2019, Afghanistan did not have a defined waste management system; solid waste and recycling littered the streets. Disheartened by what she saw each time she walked out her door, Khadija began to think of how she could tackle this issue, "I don’t want to be one of those people who look at the problem and wishes or hopes that something should be done. I didn’t want to keep complaining about these issues. I wanted to solve it." As a result, the compost project came to life in the summer of 2019.
Founded by AGFAF scholar Farida, LOYA (League of Young Afghans) for PEACE members believe that "political peace can be attained through peace deals and peace talks amongst politicians, but social peace can be only attained when citizens are ready to forgive each other and live together. Our mission is to raise awareness of the role of women in peace-building and conflict resolution and to facilitate conversations about the roles of youth and women in a post peace Afghanistan."
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
—Carl Thomas Rowan
Afghan women living in rural areas die at one of the highest rates in the world during and soon after childbirth. Their children are often underfed and malnourished. Qamar aimed to address this problem through the Bamiyan Maternal and Child Health Project (BMCHP) providing women and children in remote rural areas with the opportunity for nutritional improvement and dietary self-sufficiency.
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