A Gift for Afghan Refugee Children

Publication Date: 
May 13, 2013

Their young lives have been filled with turmoil and suffering. But thanks to the determination of the Salesians, Afghan refugee children living in Pakistan, have good reason to believe that brighter days are ahead.

Until recently, these children had little hope. Their families were forced to flee their homes because of the war, escaping to a foreign country where conditions are impoverished and volatile.

A lack of proper educational resources fueled the hardship. Many schools lacked sanitation and classroom walls were in danger of falling over.

Salesian missionaries are building new facilities, hiring more teachers and providing essential supplies -- with the goal of having the schools become self-sufficient.

During the past year, the progress has been extraordinary. School buildings are now structurally safe, have new bathrooms, and are equipped with books, desks, uniforms and even computers. For the first time ever, the many Afghan refugee students are connected to the outside world.

A total of 2,200 boys and girls ages 4 to 13 are benefitting from the program’s comprehensive approach to strengthening their education. As a result, 85% of age-eligible students are forecasted to pass their examinations.

On a recent visit to Pakistan to observe the program, Neill Holland of the Salesian Missions Office for International Programs, was inspired by what he saw. “The students are among the most passionate of any I have seen in the world,” he reported. “They are more bright-eyed, energetic, and outgoing than you would ever imagine considering what these kids have witnessed, fleeing across the border with their families, and for many, a life-long war in their homeland.”

When you make our mission -- your mission -- you give youth around the globe the hope for a better life. This life-changing work would not be possible without the generosity of friends like you. On behalf of those touched by your kindness, thank you for whatever you can give today.

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