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PARSA donates $1.4m to educate orphans

KABUL: Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Services for Afghanistan (PARSA), a non-governmental organization, donated around $1400,000 to Kabul Orphanage Department aimed at producing and broadcasting educational and cultural programs through television channels and radio stations to strengthen orphans’ knowledge.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the chief of the orphanage department, Sayed Abdullah Hashimi and Executive Director of PARSA Maewie Gostavsow here on Thursday.

Hashimi said that there are around 80 state-run and private orphanage centers in Afghanistan where around 13,245 orphans are provided with shelter, food and other facilities.

He said that according to the MoU at least 40 different radio and television programs would be produced. The programs will be broadcasted and aired in 11 different provinces of the country. Orphans will play key role in these programs. “The thirty minutes long TV and radio programs aimed to educate orphans will be broadcasted for 18 months. Mathematics, computer science, scouting, physical health, art and craft will be taught to the orphans. Entertainment and cultural programs will also be produced,” he said.

He added the purpose of radio and television programs is to demonstrate the orphans’ unrevealed talent and conveying their massage to public.

As per the MoU, a number of orphans will learn how to produce radio and TV programs till a film production house and a radio station is established in mid of 2015 in the orphanage department.

Hashimi said the orphanage department wanted to launch different uplift projects for orphans to improve education and livelihood opportunities as well as built orphanages but the department is out of resources and facing different challenges.

Regarding supporting the poor children, he pointed out the orphanage department is working with five national and  international organizations to provide Afs2,000 per month to 5,000 poor children in scholarships in order to enable them to continue their education while living close to their family members.

Maewie Gostavsow said the programs would not include political contents but would purely be for cultural, educational and entertainment purposes.

She stressed that orphans as leaders of future should be able to speak over different issues and exhibit their potential talent.

Orphans termed the donation vital for polishing their skills and asked the relevant authorities to oversee the projects.

An orphan wishing anonymity told Afghanistan Times that different organizations provided aid for orphans to the orphanage center in Kabul but the assistance was not utilized properly and misused.

He urged the donors to audit the projects in order to ensure transparency. (By Akhtar M.Nikzad)

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