Education and Health
Education and Health Afghanistan
CHI has been helping the Afghan people for over 30 years working in refugee camps and Afghan communities. CHI empowers Afghans by providing support to programs of health and educational services, community building, leadership and human rights and culture revival. In furtherance of its goal of self-sufficiency for Afghans, CHI provides technical assistance to three private schools and a private gynecological and surgical hospital founded by the Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.
The schools are based on the Profit for Non-Profit ideology where the tuition paid by students who can afford it helps to support students who cannot. Even though these schools have scholarship students, all three schools are financially self-sufficient. In addition, the schools permit AIL to operate Learning Centers in their facilities so that students who are not school-aged, or are married, can take classes and become literate and acquire job skills.
The private hospital opened early in 2011 and is providing health services for those who can afford it. The hospital also serves the poor and provides services to them at little or no cost. Afghans need to learn to take care of themselves especially as international interest declines. CHI's assistance in developing this Profit for Non-Profit program in schools and the hospital is contributing to a step forward to self reliance for Afghan communities.
CHI provides additional funding to 3 private schools in Afghanistan to fill the gap between fees and running costs. The schools are co educational and students pay fees but there are scholarships available to help those with difficult economic circumstances. CHI 's support mainly takes the form of teacher training and administrative training for staff.
Jubilation at Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private School, Herat!
Winners of the Herat Schools Football Tournament 2013
All the students and staff at the PSYP school are delighted that the football team took home the championship trophy after the final match 3 to 1 win. The team has practiced hard working in the play area under the school building as the school lacks land to create playing fields. The team developed their skills and team playing tactics under the guidance of coaches so as to be ready for the tournament. One of the players is a scholarship students supported by CHI donors.
News of the win came through to the school and all were jubilant with the students singing and dancing in the play area and doing Afghan rap. It is a great achievement for the school and the staff. This sort of spontaneous outpouring of delight is also a sign that normalcy is returning to Afghan life with everyone able to stop what they are doing and celebrate as a people, as community, as neighbors and friends.
The school received a second piece of good news as it has been named one of eight best school in Herat Province by the Afghan government, an honor for all involved.
Private Hospital in Herat
A private surgical and gynecological hospital in Heart was recently built it started providing services in Feb 2010 and was fully opened in 2011. The hospital now treats approximately 2,000 patients a month. The facility has a laboratory, pharmacy and surgical, x-ray, CT scan capabilities and specialists in internal medicine, maternity, and orthopedics. The hospital is arranged on four floors and totals 1,192 sq meters where 200 patients can be seen each day from all over the southwest region of the country.
CHI believes in supporting private sector development in Afghanistan and in promoting the attitude of self care and responsibility in patients who can contribute financially to their care. This looks to the day in the future when Afghans are fully self supporting and their society completely rebuilt and functioning efficiently, effectively and is sustainable.
CHI also partners closely with the Afghan Institute of Learning
CHI is the long time fiscal sponsor and project partner of the Afghan Institute of Learning. AIL has always sought to charge some sort of fee for its services so as not to perpetuate an attitude of entitlement and to encourage self reliance in people. In some instances, fee charging has not been possible because of government regulations. AIL’s approach to its project start ups includes the requirement that communities contribute something, not so much money as land or supplies or a building. Again this approach seeks to engage the people and create a sense of ownership and responsibility which means projects are valued and nurtured and protected – a recipe for success and longevity.