Since 2009, TIE has provided an opportunity for individuals and schools to sponsor students in Afghanistan. Life is extremely difficult for many of these children. In all cases the families are very poor, and many of these children were previously working on the streets or at some kind of menial labor to help support their families. With approximately 60,000 kids on the streets of Kabul, they are often the family breadwinner, begging, selling gum, looking for scrap metal, shining shoes, and doing whatever it takes to survive.
Through sponsorship you offer an Afghan child the opportunity to attend school and change the course of their lives and their families. We support both boys and girls; for the latter this is often the first opportunity they will have to go to school. Currently, approximately 80 children are being assisted through our sponsorship program. This program has proven results with students having graduated high school, attending and graduating from university, and becoming professional working adults in Afghanistan.
The cost to sponsor a student in Afghanistan through our program is a $660 per year through high school. By providing a steady income through your sponsorship you are providing the family the ability to send their child to school. Each month our sponsorship program students “earn” $50 by working hard in school. The balance of $60 is applied by TIE towards the expenses of sustaining this program.
To receive this financial support, the children and their families must agree, in writing, that the children will no longer work the streets and will attend school. A “street child” earns on average $50 – $60 a month. By agreeing to a set income generated by their child of $50 a month, many families are investing in their child’s education along with their sponsor.
If a sponsored child is found working on the street or misses school, TIE’s program director in Afghanistan (Qudsia) meets with the family to address any problems.
Street children are highly motivated to learn. They know what it is like to be dependent upon the streets. Qudsia serves as an intermediary between the children, their families and their sponsors. Qudsia, a mother with three of her own children, is passionate about her work with the street children.
Obtaining a sponsor is a life-altering event for a street child. Become a life-altering force!
To become a sponsor simply fill out an Sponsorship Application Form and supply payment for a full year with either credit card or check. Periodically, you will receive information and photos about your Afghan student. Whenever someone from TIE travels to Afghanistan we hand deliver mail between sponsors and the children they assist. Please contact us for more information or to initiate your sponsorship today.
Become a sponsor of an Afghan Student and impact of his or her life forever!
To learn how you can become a sponsor, see Sponsor a Street Child.
For links to more stories about the street children Trust in Education supports:
- Learn more about a few of the children.