Education for Afghanistan's Street Children
There are about 60,000 street children in Kabul alone whose families rely on their income to survive. They are not orphans. Our pilot project will support the whole family by i) providing skills training and job finding for adults and ii) education for the children to stop the cycle of deprivation.
January 2013 - December 2013
Charity information: Khorasan
Funding for Afghan related projects is hard to come by due to donor fatigue. Smaller charities like Khorasan face difficulties due to lengthy bureaucratic procedures and by not being well known e.g. like Save the Children and Christian Aid. Funding is difficult despite the fact that Khorasan spends a higher percentage of money directly on the beneficiaries and far less on administration. There are no office costs for example or large full-time international staff salaries.
We will solve the problem by utilising our dedicated small team of fund-raisers to spend more time researching potential donors and to organise fund-raising activities.
Encourage Kabul's street children in to full time education by supporting their families.
Activities» To work with Government ministries to utilise existing builldings and courses provided by them to orphans to street children as well.
» To map existing provision of education and training courses offered by NGOs that could be relevant for street children and their parents.
» To negotiate and and liaise with other organisations for the provision of educational courses and supplement where needed.
» To monitor and evaluate the children's progress.
What success will look like
Success will be...demonstrated by the number of children attending regularly and by the reports of the teachers.
Support poor families of street children by provision of basic needs, education & skills.
Activities» Map potential skills and education courses for adults and potential funding for jobs and business opportunities.
» Assessment of needs of street children's parents in relation to income for basic needs, education and training.
» Enrol adults on courses and monitor and evaluate their progress.
» Provision of basic needs income while assisting adults to find work or business opportunities.
What success will look like
Success will be...demonstrated by the number of adults who have acquired education and training that has resulted in them earning a sustainable income.
The disappearance of thousands of street children from the streets of Kabul because their parents will be able to support them rather than vice versa. The parents will be earning a sustainable income. Children will gain their human rights to a full time education which will enable them to participate fully in their society by getting work or by running their own businesses eventually. They will be literate, numerate and have an understanding of their rights.
That the children stop attending the courses and drift back to the streets. We have addressed this problem by asking the parents to enter in to a compact with the project whereby their benefits stop immediately the children cease school attendance. It will be the parents responsibility to ensure they attend but we will be monitoring carefully.
We will report to donors by monthly updates on progress and by a full written and pictorial report at the end of the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £150,540Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £15,000 Personnel Project Manager, Educationalist, Planning Officer and Administrator £15,500 Course Provision Desk Research, Course Provision and Materials for 50 Adult beneficiaries £72,000 Basic Needs Basic Needs Support for 50 families £32,000 Courses & Equipment Supplementary Courses and Essential Stationery for 100 Students £16,040 Admin, Travel, M&E General Administration, Travel to Families and Course Venues
Kabul, Afghanistan is one of the poorest regions on earth and its people have suffered over 30 decades of war. Many of Kabul's children have no possibility of an education due to their familiies' need for them to go out on to the streets to earn money by selling small items, mainly to the large international community. The children grow up illiterate and without any formal education thus making it very difficult for them when job seeking.
The pilot project will provide basic needs, skills and training and assistance in job seeking for adults. This will mean that parents will not need to send their children out to work on the streets for an income for their survival. The adults will have support in earning a sustainable income - the children will get an education that is their right. 100 children and 50 adults will benefit from the pilot project which will help to break the cycle of deprivation.
Khorasan has been operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan for over a decade and has a history of helping many of the poorest children and women. We have a presence locally and have many contacts in Government and in NGOs who have agreed to assist us in our aims as they see that a different approach is required if street children are to become a feature of the past.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Project Planner - As a former Deputy Minister and high profile figure in Afghanistan, Seema has influential contacts and much experience.
Day to day management of the project, training and overseeing volunteers and administrative staff.
Educationalist - target and selection of families, assessing educational needs, matching courses to students, monitoring and evaluating.
Volunteers will interview families after training to assist in selection of beneficiaries.