The Opening of the Computer Lab at the Ayenda Learning Center
06.01.2011 – On June 1, 2011, Shamim Jawad, founder of the Ayenda Foundation, inaugurated the computer lab at the Ayenda Learning Center in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. On a beautiful, sunny day, surrounded by excited children brimming with curiosity, the inauguration ceremony was attended by the governor of Bamiyan, Ms. Habiba Sarabi, the former Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Said T. Jawad, and Mrs. Leslie Schweitzer, Senior Trade Advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in addition to a number of distinguished Afghan and international guests.
Scholarship Grants to American University of Afghanistan – June 2010
Ayenda Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of scholarship grants to female students at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). This partnership happened in collaboration with Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, a US 501 (c) (3) nonprofit working to support the University and its students.
This scholarship makes it possible for more young women to attend the American University of Afghanistan, the only independent, private, non-sectarian, co-educational institution of higher learning. Educational opportunity is important for the advancement of women, social progress, and human rights. AUAF provides a benchmark of quality and spurs innovation.
New School in Maidan, Wardak Province – March 2010
Ayenda Foundation strives to provide opportunity for Afghan children to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. Therefore, Ayenda partnered with The Children of War, a non-profit organization, to build a new school in Maidan, Wardak province for needy children. The construction began on the school in late November of 2009, but was halted shortly thereafter due to the inclement weather in the region. Construction resumed again this year and is estimated to be completed by September, 2010.
New Children Learning Center Inaugurated in Bamiyan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan – Today (March 25, 2009), the Ayenda Foundation inaugurated the Ayenda Learning Center, a new school in the historic and picturesque province of Bamiyan. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Bamiyam’s Governor, Ms. Habiba Sarabi, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Said T. Jawad, Ayenda Foundation Founder Shamim Jawad and a number of Afghan and international guests.
The Ayenda Learning Center, which sits in the shadow of the Great Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, will provide 300 children with a modern educational facility and enhanced vocational training opportunities, unavailable in this impoverished province.
Ayenda Granted Scholarships to American University of Afghanistan
The Ayenda Foundation is proud to announce that it has granted $10,000 in scholarships for two girls from provinces throughout Afghanistan to The American University of Afghanistan www.auaf.edu.af. A higher education for the young generation of Afghanistan, especially girls, is the key to unlocking a safe, happy, and prosperous future for not only them, but also for the country as a whole.
The American University of Afghanistan is built on a model of the American system of higher education, but is an Afghan independent and private higher education institution.
Ayenda Foundation joins hands with Aschiana Center
The Ayenda Foundation is delighted to announce that it has granted $10,000 to the Aschiana Foundation www.aschiana.org to help with the daily operation of the Aschiana Center in Kabul. The grant will not only enhance Aschiana’s efforts to help the 60,000 street children of Kabul lead more productive lives, but also to sustain basic programs, such as daily meal.
Additional Copies of the Afghan Children Song Book
The Ayenda Foundation has granted an additional $5,000 to the Folk Arts Center of New England in order to print 5,000 more copies of the Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar: Children’s Songs from Afghanistan songbooks. Ayenda Foundation was proudly one of the first supporters of this wonderful program that started from an idea that Dr. Louise Pascale had while she was a United States Peace Corps volunteer living in Kabul in 1966. In 2002 Dr. Pascale decided to reprint an updated version of this songbook and nearly all 10,000 copies that were printed by various sponsors are distributed to schools all over Afghanistan.
The Ground Breaking of the Ayenda Children Learning Center
On April 23, 2008, under the auspices of the architect Ehsan Bayat, Head of the Bayat Foundation, the governor of Bamiyan Province Habiba Sarabi, and the Head Advisor of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, they laid the corner stone for the new Bamiyan orphanage – The Ayenda Children Learning Center…
Women Poverty Reduction Program
Ayenda Foundation funded the Women Poverty Reduction Program through the Afghan Women’s Business Federation organization on April 30, 2008 in Kabul. About 100 children received food and school supplies through this program
Ayenda Children Learning Center Project
Bamiyan is one of Afghanistan’s most beautiful provinces, filled with pristine lakes and geological wonders. Unfortunately, it is also one of Afghanistan’s least developed provinces. The people of Bamiyan are in need of basic education, which they have been deprived of for over three decades..
The Mir-Bacha-Kot School, Soccer Field Project
The Mir-Bacha-kot School was built on the site of a former mine field in 2006 by Roots of Peace, a non-profit organization that removes landmines and returns land to agriculture. The Ayenda Foundation has partnered with Roots of Peace to build soccer fields alongside the new school building, so that where children once feared to tread they can now play and learn
Afghan Children Songbook
For many years, Louise Pascale dreamed of the songs she heard as a young volunteer in Afghanistan, songs that she feared had been lost forever. Today Dr. Pascale has partnered with a number of cultural organizations and talented Afghan.