• BAAG welcomes newest Member Friends of Aschiana UK to its growing network

BAAG welcomes newest Member Friends of Aschiana UK to its growing network

25 September 2014

BAAG are delighted to announce Friends of Aschiana UK as its newest Member.

Friends of Aschiana UK was set up in 2002 to support the work of Aschiana, the School for Street Working Children in Afghanistan. Over 100,000 children are working on the streets of Kabul, and hundreds of thousands more across the country. From the age of 8, many of these children are the sole breadwinners for their younger siblings and usually a widowed mother.  These are families who have sunk into extreme poverty and are in danger of being left behind in the new Afghanistan.

Friends of Aschiana UK assists Aschiana in getting these children off the streets and into full time education. This includes sponsorship schemes, providing the families with money and food aid, plus providing a hot meal a day for every child at Aschiana school. The children go from a life of selling carrier bags, cleaning shoes, begging and facing the dangers of disappearance, drug trafficking and sexual abuse, to a normal school life, including learning how to play and recover their childhood.

Friends of Aschiana UK maintains a regular dialogue with the Aschiana Foundation in the USA, and is currently sharing in a partnership providing salaries for teachers in Aschiana’s tented schools in IDP (internally displaced people) camps outside Kabul and Mazar. 2,000 children are receiving an education, plus a hot meal provided every day in the camps. Future programmes include continuing to help support the work of Aschiana’s Womens Centre and expanding on the services provided by Aschiana’s new Day Care Centre in Gardez.

As BAAG continues to expand its network Friends of Aschiana UK join 29 other British and Irish NGOs (non-government organisations) in delivering much-needed humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan. The addition of Friends of Aschiana UK’s valuable expertise and dedication will undoubtedly strengthen coordinated efforts to ensure continued commitment from the international community as Afghanistan moves out of transition.