Our impact projects developed in response to our students' desires to share their education with their fellow Afghans - those who did not have the opportunity to travel to the US for their education.
While our students provide the idea, the passion and the sweat, AGFAF provides the funding and mentoring. Our students are responsible for developing, managing and completing the project while home during summer breaks. Once back in the US, they continue to monitor and advise on their projects, mentoring and empowering the next generation of change agents. Through the process students acquire real world skills - skills not otherwise gained in a classroom. In combination with their college education, our students are doubly equipped to change the world.
Impact projects range in scope from the building of libraries and compost sites to the mobilization of students determined to build their future in peace. By ensuring that our impact projects are feasible and sustainable, we provide long-term impact to the communities and thousands of Afghans that benefit from these resources.
Each of these projects is designed to educate, empower and elevate!
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 does not have a defined waste management system; solid waste and recycling litter 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 with plans for further development and expansion in the coming years.
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
Fatima had an idea. Inspired by her US education, she wanted to bring a hands-on STEAM learning experience to children in Afghanistan - something that is not a common component in much of the Afghan curriculum. Designed as a summer camp, the program has been successfully run for two years with plans to further develop the curriculum for the future summers and as a permanent offering at our libraries.
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 aims to address this problem through The Bamiyan Maternal and Child Health Project (BMCHP), by providing women and children living in remote rural areas, the opportunity for nutritional improvement and dietary self-sufficiency.
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