The Afghan Student Assistance Project, run by our partners in Tajikistan, is investing in future Afghan leaders by meeting immediate physical needs as well as longer term mental and emotional stressors facing afghan students from seven major universities across the capital city of Dushanbe.
A young female student helped by the Afghan Student Assistance Project run by our partners in Tajikistan says:
"I came to Tajikistan two years ago to study at university. My parents live in Afghanistan. I had no winter shoes in the winter. When it rained or snowed, my shoes would get wet. Sometimes I went to university in summer shoes. I had no money to buy new shoes. They (our partner organization) helped me buy winter shoes. I am very grateful for your support. Now I feel I am not alone here, there are people close to me. Thank you very much for your support and attention."
Another student participating in the Afghan Student Assistance Project says:
"My name is Abdullo. I am 24 years old. I came to Tajikistan 4 years ago to study at the university. My parents live in Afghanistan. Not long ago we were invited to a seminar at the organization. I met with the staff and volunteers of the organization. I really liked the seminar on tolerance on the example of people living with HIV infection. At the seminar I took for myself more in-depth information about the problem of HIV/AIDS. This topic is not disclosed in our country… I liked that we could participate in the discussion of this topic. Together we participated in the seminar girls and boys. There were opportunities, to hold open seminars and express our thoughts. Here I saw gender equality. They explained this topic to us very well. Especially tolerance. I had many questions, and I was able to find answers. The workshop was very inspiring for all of us, and in the middle of the workshop there were some interesting games. Each student was given special attention. Thanks for teaching us something. Today I can pass on what I have taken to others."