Grantee Update:

AFN makes a difference with their Khurasan Learning Centers

We are pleased to share news from one of our grantees, Afghan Friends Network (AFN). In their most recent newsletter they shared the following:

“Five years ago AFN made possible the opening of the doors of the first Khurasan Learning Center in Ghazni, Afghanistan with seed funding from the Marra Foundation and other generous donors. Since then, two additional centers have opened and over 1,500 girls and boys have received supplementary math, science, and English education preparing them to graduate high school. One hundred sixty women have walked in handicapped by illiteracy and isolation, and walked out with the ability to read, write and generate income. We do our best to not recreate the wheel, but to leverage the resources already available in Ghazni.

It is this grassroots approach that makes for lasting empowerment. In one student’s words, “In this hard time, Afghan Friends Network is like a light for us.” Young students are the hope of Afghanistan. We will continue to stand for their education.” AFN

We are delighted to help support AFN’s Khurasan Learning Centers.

Fatema Mushtaq at Boys KLC

Fatema Mushtaq at Boys KLC










Afghan Friends Network



Meet Nesar Ahmad – one of the Afghan street children we are sponsoring through our grantee TIE

There are an estimated 60,000 children on the streets in Afghanistan working every day in unspeakable conditions trying to raise enough money to allow their families to eat or pay for much needed medicine. They do anything they can to make money from selling gum, to looking through garbage for salvageable and sellable materials, to everything in between. These children cannot attend school because without their meager incomes their families would starve or perish from illness.

One of our grantees, Trust in Education (TIE) has been working to support these children by getting them out of the streets and into the classroom. In exchange for their regular and verifiable attendance in school, their families receive a stipend to replace the income their child would have raised from working in the streets and ensure they will not remove their child from the school.

We have chosen to sponsor some of these children and are thrilled to share our first student with you, our supporters.

Nesar Ahmad is only 10 years old and has already experienced more than he should have. His father died many years ago from cancer and after his mother remarried, he and his siblings have been on their own, orphans in an unforgiving land. His older brother has obtained guardianship and supports Nesar and his sister through day work. Since this is not always a reliable form of employment, Nesar supplemented the family income with his street work selling firewood.

Nesar is much like any child you would see in your local playground or school, his favorite sport is football and he loves to study. He would like to become an engineer, and more than anything wishes his family could all live together. Since entering TIE’s program he is now in the 5th grade and is second in his class!

When Budd MacKenzie from TIE made a recent trip to Afghanistan he presented Nesar with a photo from the foundation and a card Khaled wrote. Budd shared that he is an adorably intelligent and mild mannered boy who works very hard. Thank you for providing the support that makes his education possible!

Find out more about TIE’s program for getting kids off the street and into the classroom.


Nesar Ahmad


Nesar Ahmad