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Kabul Orphanage Department gets $80k in aid

KABUL: The Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), a charity organization, donated around $80,000 for launching training programs in Kabul Orphanage Department (KOD). Vocational and technical programs would cover about 300 orphans in Tahia Maskan and Alawdin orphanage centers.

The agreement was signed by the program coordinator of IRW, Mir Afzal Sadat, and the acting minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Wasil Noor Mohmand, here on Monday.

The acting minister told newsmen the amount would be spent on different programs such as preparing the orphans for university entrance exam, provision of better health services, construction of an entertainment room for orphans below 12 years, study tours, mobile repairing and English language courses.

There are around 80 state-run and private orphanage centers in the country. As many as 13,245 orphans including 4,100 girls live in these centers.

Chief of the Orphanage Department, Sayed Abdullah Hashimi, said that 90 percent of orphans stay in homes or working on streets. He said that all orphans could not be accommodated in the centers because the government has not allocated any funds for this purpose.

He added that the government has allocated around $3.4 million in the ordinary budget for orphanage centers. (By Akhtar M.Nikzad)

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