While implementing humanitarian service projects in Central Afghanistan during the mid to late nineties, the DHSA team observed that this was one of the few remote places where girls could attend school. The community leaders had firmly pushed to make this happen.
However, our team realized that girls’ education ended in grade 8 because the community needed more resources and needed teachers who could provide the girls with high school education. Furthermore, the girls who graduated from grade 8 would then go on to teach the students in the younger grade.
In 2000, DHSA began training the girls teaching at the school 3-4 days a week.At first, we were directly funding this project, but after seeing its success and growth, we began to seek funding from international organizations to help sustain and expand our efforts.
By 2003, DHSA had started its pilot project with a training center in Sharistan, present-day Daikundi, where 75 girls were trained up to grade twelve, followed by two additional years of training to help them upskill. After that, DHSA opened two more centers, each supporting 75 girls. This innovative pilot project continued until 2007, supporting girls’ education in Central Afghanistan.
In 2006, DHSA founded Rana, a co-ed school in Kabul and Khost for grades K through 12. Functioning as a non-profit, private school, Rana charges minimal fees–only forty percent of what comparable schools charge–all of which goes to the school. Currently, DHSA is in the process of restructuring its girls education programming. Our primary focus will be creating accessible online learning.