We finance the building of schools that promise to educate girls in rural Northwest Afghanistan.
These schools are built by villagers that want their girls educated - they contact the REACH representative in the Herat area and request we fund a school in their village.
We are currently starting to raise money for the seventh school costruction. Although the village where the school will be built ihas not yet been selected, it will continue to be in the Herat area, as this is where our representative is located.
REACH is dedicated to educating children, especially girls, in rural Afghanistan. REACH started raising money to help villagers build schools in rural areas of Afghanistan in 2002.
Rural areas, in general, have been given a lower priority for school construction by the government due to limited resources. We have provided the funding for six schools in the rural area around Herat, Afghanistan. There are now over 1400 students enrolled in the schools we have financed. We are currently raising funds for a seventh school.
In rural areas, where three-fourths of all Afghans live, 90 percent of the women and more than 60 percent of the men are illiterate. Under Taliban rule, girls were not permitted to go to school. Girls (as well as boys) now can attend school, and there is a hunger for education by everyone - girls and boys, as well as their parents.
REACH provides the funds to build the school, villagers build the school to the Afghan Ministry of Education standards, and the Ministry provides teachers for the students.
REACH was started when our Founder's daughter in Afghanistan was trying to teach young girls how to read/write and do sums in a falling-down building, and he wanted to help provide her with a space more conducive to learning. We have grown from there.