to provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, including returning refugees, to create an opportunity for cooperative efforts between the United States and Afghanistan, and to develop and enhance educational and cultural understanding and exchange opportunities.
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love stronger than death.”
- Rober Fulghum
In three years students raised $100,000 under the guidance of their teacher and witnessed (via video, photographs, phone calls) the construction of a six-room school, a medical clinic, a bakery/kitchen, a guest house, and a community well for the residents of Wonkhai Valley, a mountainous area three hours south of Kabul.
The school opened in March 2001 with six teachers and 465 students in first through sixth grade. It now has upwards of 1200 students (half of whom are girls) and sixteen teachers. The desire for education is so strong that many of the children walk over two and half hours each way to get to and from school. Currently, fifty children live at the orphanage. Due to cultural norms, boys and girls attend separately. Three school buildings provide rooms for boys and girls to attend school, as well as a place for the village women to come and learn.