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This project will provide 100 yearly scholarships to at-risk youth, particularly girls and victims of terrorism, for Afghanistan's most impoverished and marginalized Hazara communities. Through partnership with reputable grassroots K-12 organizations in Afghanistan, the Foundation has designed a low-cost merit and need-based scholarship program to provide quality education. Our partners, Pegah, Marefat, Baba and Rahnaward schools offer progressive education with emphasis on critical thinking.
Hazaras are the poorest and most marginalized group in Afghanistan. Ethnically distinct due to their Asiatic features coupled with Shi'a faith sets them apart from other Afghans, including the predominant Pashtuns. Despite the Hazaras being peaceful, they benefitted very little from the international development assistance during the Karzai and Ghani regimes. Nowadays, they are under targeted attacks by the Taliban and Islamic state terrorist groups - with genocidal intent by said perpetrators.
This project has the potential of educating hundreds of at-risk youth in multiple schools in several provinces in Afghanistan, a portion earmarked for student victims of terrorism. This can become a scholarship corridor between the Foundation in the US and grassroots organizations in Afghanistan. The system we've built is one that's scalable with minimal increase in time and resources. Now that it's up and running, if we exceed our funding goals, we can easily increase the number of students.