Kabul street kids protest for change
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Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK
Newsletter June 2015

 

Street Kids Program at the Borderfree Centre

 

There are an estimated 60,000 Afghan children who work in the streets of Kabul to supplement their families’ incomes. The militarized economic and educational systems are failing to nurture this new Afghan generation’s yearning to build a better world.

Since August 2013, the Afghan Peace Volunteers have been running a street kids literacy and learning program for 21 Afghan street kids in Kabul, Afghanistan. The number of street kids enrolled increased to 32 in 2014. Child Right  funded the pilot street kid program in 2013 and 2014.

The street kids come to the Borderfree Afghan Street Kids School. They attend classes in Dari and Math literacy, nonviolence and tailoring.

The classes are led by members of the Afghan peace volunteers, they include: Zarghuna, Zerkrullah, Hadisa, Farzana, Hamida, Hooria, Ali, Masood, Ahmad Shah, Khanum Bibi, Nilufa and Shabir.

For the rest of the week, the street kids are encouraged to go to government schools. Government schools provide a half day of formal education. Many of the kids work in the streets all day because their families desperately need them to earn money to help put bread, rice, and other basic foods on the table.  Working all day deprives the children of the chance to go to the government schools. By providing monthly gifts of rice and oil to their families, the Afghan Peace Volunteers share resources for the street kids’ basic human needs, making it easier for the kids to work for only half a day and attend government schools for the other half of the day.

It costs £339 to put one street kid through the street kids school for one year.

Expanding enrolment to include 100 children will cost £34.

Monthly sack of rice and bottle of cooking oil per kid for 1 year costs £25 per month = £300 per year.

School material and winter clothing per kid for one year = £39.

Total budget per kid for 1 year is £300 + £39 = £339.

91.8% of the cost per kid is spent for the monthly sack of rice and bottle of oil that each street kid gets.

 

Adilah: age 10, sells bolani (a fried pancake) for 5 Afghanis (5p), she lives with her widowed aunt in a single room.
Inam: age 10, polishes shoes for a living, he is one of the 6 million child labourers in Afghanistan today.
School: there are currently 100 kids on the program, each child receives lessons in maths & Dari.
Rice & Oil: to make up for the lose of earnings incured while the children are at school, each family is given a monthly quota of a sack of rice and a container of oil - organised and distributed by members of the APV.
Protest: 20th January 2015, the APV marched with 80 street kids to the doors of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission to ask for a school. The protest was led by 17 year old APV Zerkrullah, himself a former street kid, with placards saying: "I am your child, we want a school", and "Friendship, Freedom, Dignity."
All of these children are forced to work, many of them are the main bread winners of their family, many to most children are fatherless. On average a Kabul street kid earns £1.27 per day.
80 Kabul street kids protest for education, freedom, dignity and peace. The march was supported by teenage members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, some of whom, are former street kids themselves.

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