In winter 2014 the APV started their street kids project with 21 local children. They were assisted by a grant from “Child Right” whereby they are able to take local kids off the streets for a day a week teaching them basic literacy, numeracy and global awareness lessons. The children’s families are subsidised by receiving a sack of flour, a tin of oil and a sack of rice every month.
Kabul has some 6,000 street kids and there are 60,000 within the country.
Since then the Afghan Peace Volunteer’s ‘Borderfree Street Kids School’ has continued and steadily expanded, today their are 100 street kids on the project who attend the school weekly, and in addition to the children also receive winter clothing and school stationary.
Street Kids Profiles
Fatima, age 15
“I sold candy for 2 and a half years but managed to stop thanks to this school. It’s helped a lot as before I could not read, now I can. When I’m older I want to become a police woman as I want to serve my country.”
Khadija, age 13
“I used to sell Bolani on the streets for a year but I didn’t like it, I wanted to study. This school has helped me a lot as now I understand more things. In the future I want to be a Judge so I can help bring regulations to this country.”
Talfon, age 16
“I worked for 10 years washing cars and selling candy, now I work as a carpenter and am in the 12th grade. The school has helped a lot with food for my family, there are now less expenses in the family.”
Inoyat, age 11
“I’m still working on the streets doing ‘Isfundi’ (burning incense in cars), I’ve been doing that for 3 years. I’ve nearly been at this school for a year, it’s helped me with food, note books and pens, plus the teachers work hard to teach us. I want to be a Doctor as there are so many sick people and I want to help them.”
Mahdi, age 16
“I used to sell bubblegum and work as a bus conductor, now I work in a bakery. I’ve been coming to the Borderfree centre for nearly a year, the teachers are good and my family are helped by the monthly rations of rice and oil. I want to become a Doctor so I can help treat the drug addicts.”
On average a Kabul street kid will earn less than $2 a day begging and hawking sundries, for some families it is their main source of income.
The kids who attend the Borderfree street kids project are encouraged back to Government schools and also given a monthly ration of rice and oil.
20% of children at the centre are achieving a position between 1 and 5 at Government schools.