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Afghan Girls School Opens Thanks to Mere Pennies

Afghan Girls School Opens Thanks to Mere Pennies

With mere pennies, an all-girls high school has opened in Afghanistan.

The non-profit  Roots of Peace and its annual Penny Campaign works with students in the U.S. in organizing their student bodies to collect pennies and spare change to build schools, soccer fields and playgrounds in war-torn countries, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the projects. Roots of Peace currently works in Afghanistan, Angola, Croatia, Cambodia and Iraq.

From the campaign’s website:

Our goal is to open the eyes and hearts of our students by engaging them to look beyond their own borders with compassion to other nations who struggle to achieve peace and become active participants in global peace-making – child to child…The program helps students…explore the plight of Afghan kids and other children less fortunate and contrast their own lives with those of kids in war-torn countries.

Founder Heidi Kuhn of San Rafael, California was approached by Dr. Habibi Sorabi, the first and only female governor of Afghanistan, to build a school for teen girls in the mountainous Bamyan Province.

As the only high school for girls in the region, it recently held its inauguration ceremony with Afghan boys singing for their sisters and 600 other female students. Kuhn and her daughter Kyleigh, who co-founded the Penny Campaign, were in attendance and delivered new computers donated by a Dubai-based company.

This is the second school Roots of Peace has opened in Afghanistan. The first opened in July 2008, transforming a tent school into a 10-room school with a soccer field and enclosure wall to prevent students from wandering into minefields. Kyleigh was inspired to build a school after a trip in 2005 when she saw Afghan students studying under the hot sun with only one small tent. She and her mother paid the school a visit after the all-girls inauguration ceremony to deliver computers that will soon have Internet access. And thanks to a campaign led by California Congresswoman Evans in Napa Valley, the 225 students received pens, notebooks and other school supplies.

Roots of Peace recognizes the need for education and youth development in war-torn countries in order to have future generations emerge from conflict and rebuild their nation. The organization points out that in Afghanistan, with 44.6 percent of its population under the age of 14, schools are vital in inspiring future leaders and social change. Without a nurturing environment, “they become victims of a continuous cycle of violence and a future without hope.”

Since the campaign’s inception seven years ago, it has raised 50 million pennies. To learn how to start a Penny Campaign in your local school, click here

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4:40PM PST on Mar 7, 2011

we are in the same boat. Please visit our petition page for reconstruction of Buddha's statues in Bamyan.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/38/international-campaign-for-reconstruction-of-buddhas-statues-in-bamiyan/

12:09AM PST on Nov 13, 2010

good news! gracias

2:19PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Les filles sont l'avenir d'un pays. Bravo pour ce beau travail

4:26AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

We need to understand when a need is an emergency and also when it is so close to our power to act...

2:01PM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Hey Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Phil Knight etc. etc. who promised to give away 90% of your wealth (hopefully because they feel guilty for having so much) to charity. Well this is on the top of my list. Not only are these girls YES GIRLS, brave beyond measure just because of where they are to go to high school, but their brothers sang for them???? In Afghanistan? Great works the HUMAN BEING can do.

4:11AM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

good

11:31AM PDT on Oct 9, 2010

nice!!

6:43AM PDT on Oct 9, 2010

Awesome! Excellent group. May GOD Almighty bless them to achieve similar and more all over the world.

Hopefully, America wont attack and destroy everything in the future; Its so sad how Iran's students, both teenage girls and boys are enjoying their high school education but are FEARSOME,wondering whether they will even be ALIVE, after america's IMPENDING WAR on their country Iran.

People on the grounds, form all kinds of Groups to Help Improve the lives of others, only to have america and israel destroy everything continuously.

SAD BUT THE TRUTH.

Maybe its time to 'STOP these WARS' and have the people of the entire world STAND Up AGAINST all wars by the American Government.

Check out my 'Profile Page' for the Deaths, Suffering and Pains of ordinary human beings in the 'WAR On GAZA.' WITNESS the 'REALITIES' of the 'Criminal Against Humanity' Called "WARS".

6:41AM PDT on Oct 9, 2010

Awesome! Excellent group. May GOD Almighty bless them to achieve similar and more all over the world.

Hopefully, America wont attack and destroy everything in the future; Its so sad how Iran's students, both teenage girls and boys are enjoying their high school education but are FEARSOME,wondering whether they will even be ALIVE, after america's IMPENDING WAR on their country Iran.

People on the grounds, form all kinds of Groups to Help Improve the lives of others, only to have america and israel destroy everything continuously.

SAD BUT THE TRUTH.

Maybe its time to 'STOP these WARS' and have the people of the entire world STAND Up AGAINST all wars by the American Government.

Check out my 'Profile Page' for the Deaths, Suffering and Pains of ordinary human beings in the 'WAR On GAZA.' WITNESS the 'REALITIES' of the 'Criminal Against Humanity' Called "WARS".

2:45AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

awesomeness

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