Afghanistan is now rising from the ashes of war, and still every day braces itself for more fighting, death, and destruction. It is attacked from many sides by extremists that cause misery by recruiting poor, uneducated young men with a few dollars per month. By the CIA’s Factbook, 60% of Afghanistan’s population is under 25 years of age, and of that, 9 million are between the ages of 18 and 25! Among these the most vulnerable are orphans- -those who have lost their father to war, with a mother who is most often illiterate and destitute. These orphans can go to public school free of charge. When they cannot get to a free public university, they cannot go to private institutions because they cannot pay the tuition. In addition, jobs are scarce, so then then become vulnerable to the appeal of the extremists. Kabultec has instituted a scholarship program to send these orphans to private colleges. The tuition by American standards is very reasonable and the return on this investment is very noticeable! Every orphan saved from extremists is a true service to humanity!
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- Rahman was five when his father was killed by the Soviets. He and his two siblings were raised by his mom who did menial work to provide for them. To support his family, Rahman joined Massoud’s 20,000 army at age 17. He graduated high school in Kabul. He has a day job but no prospect of promotion because of lack of a college education. Married with three children; they live in two rented rooms with no water. His socialization and exposure to a modern lifestyle is very poor. For example, he does not know how to eat with utensils, or recently, at our office that has a refrigerator, he was asked to put a carton of milk on top of the fridge. He put it inside the freezer… He works during the day and goes to school in the evening. He rents an apartment 25 miles away from the college, in one of the mountain tenements.
- Farhad’s father died at age 45 of pancreatic illness (he could not be treated because of lack of doctors & lack of funds) and left behind eight children. At 18, Farhad is the second to last child. He has finished public high school and has taken computer and English courses. He passed public university entrance exam but was too poor to enroll. Farhad wants very badly to get a college education. He lives 12 miles away from the college, and goes to school during the day. We bring him to the Roqia Center (Kabultec’s sister organization) on weekends so he can to get used to an office environment, for example filing, working with a library, as well as some needed socialization, like using a modern bathroom or modern table manners.
** Names have been changed for security purposes.