Educate an Orphan (2020-25)

ACW through our student fundraising raised a tremendous total of £48,501.97 to kickstart and run our Educate an Orphan (EAO) project with the UK-registered and Afghanistan-based charity, Noble Connection (reg. number 1186037). EAO is a 5-year long project and will consist of ACW and NC collaboratively delivering the project, with regular updates from the NC team on the ground throughout the year.

  • Educate an Orphan project will last 5 years.

  • 30 children sponsored to attend school.

  • Annual school reports detailing progress.

Children who are working on the streets of Kabul, in order to make a living for their families, are sponsored by our project, enabling them to attend school. These children will be defined as ‘orphaned’ as they have been separated from or have a deceased parent/s.

These vulnerable children are at risk of countless dangers, including abuse, trafficking, child labour and more. Needless to say, children should not be wondering the streets from day to night to make a living, but should be in school.

Onto our EAO project we have enrolled a total of 30 children, young girls and boys aged 6-16. Children enrolled onto the project are not discriminated against on any basis aside from the family’s financial situation, their residing in Afghanistan only, and their age (to ensure they are of school age). The children and their families receive a monthly increment of their sponsorship amount, enough to cover the costs of school supplies and clothing, and any residual can provide the family some support to replace the income they needed to send their child to work for in the first instance.

Our EAO children’s academic progress and attendance is monitored throughout the project, with close liaison between our NC colleagues on the ground and the schools and families. The children’s eligibility for the programme is also continuously confirmed throughout the 5 years, including the family’s financial situation and the child’s minimum attendance in school.

ACW and NC collaboratively will ensure that the project is delivered as publicised to their donors. The 100% donation policy on several of our fundraisers and events will be upheld and all the money raised will only go towards the beneficiaries our EAO project.

We handle images and videos of our sponsored children with sensitivity and will only post images where permission has been sought by those in the media material.

We have already given hope to many families and children involved in our EAO project, and enjoy seeing them where they should be; safe within the confines of a classroom.

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Selection Process

A shortlist of street-working children coming from poor families were created by Noble Connection’s EAO team on the ground. This was collated in Kabul through local networks, orphanages, mosque announcements and more. The criteria for children shortlisted include but are not limited to the child having one or both parents deceased; residing in Afghanistan, being aged 16 or under; the child’s current financial situation not permitting them to attend school.

Interviews were then held and visits to the homes of the children were made to evaluate the living and financial situations of the families.

Our NC colleagues reaffirmed that with our sponsorship, the child would be able to attend the school, while the family is substantially supported. Sources of any current income were also evaluated. The selection panel then further shortlisted 30 children to enrol onto our EAO programme, where they are sponsored to attend a partner public school near their home.

Children who are working on the streets of Kabul, in order to make a living for their families, are sponsored by our project, enabling them to attend school. These children will be defined as ‘orphaned’ if they have been separated from or have a deceased parent/s.

Fund Distributions

The selected orphans and their families receive a fair and substantial monthly increment to aid in the child’s school expenses, including books, stationary, uniform, travel, food and more. The residual funds remaining are used to further support the family and replace the income that the orphan was originally bringing home in the first instance.

During each fund distribution, colleagues on the ground directly hand deliver the funds, receive signatures from the guardians of our EAO children and collate information regarding where the money has been spent periodically.

The children’s attendance at school are regularly monitored during liaison with the heads and administrative staff at the partner schools in Kabul. If the child falls below our minimum attendance requirement, further investigations take place as to where the funds have been used, and why the child is not attending school. The children may be removed from the programme if they persistently do not meet these minimum requirements.