Children of Chaman Ali:
Ezathullah is 15 years old and in 8th grade. He is the oldest of five children. He is a former street worker - selling ice cream or selling the smoke from 'spand' (wards off evil spirits). He is in his third semester of English classes through the ROYA Mentorship Program and has been a position holder in each semester. He aspires to be a doctor and is eager to learn English to improve his skills and his other studies. Attending the Tarbyat Private School will enable him to develop his talents in the best possible way. You can read an interview with Ezath here: http://star.edu.af/rising-from-the-ashes/
Amina is 11 years old and in 4th grade. She has three brothers and one sister (in her arms). Her father collects and sells old metal. Until August 2016, she was weaving carpets after school to help support her family. Her goal is to become a teacher after her university studies. She is eager to study in a good school and was very enthusiastic when she learned of this opportunity.
Rahmat is the youngest participant in the ROYA Mentorship Program at only 8 years old. He is the middle of five children. His father collects and sells old metal and his mother weaves carpets, but they earn very little money. Until July Rahmat was selling the smoke from an herb called 'spand' from a tin can on congested, polluted Kabul streets. He had been a child laborer since he was 5 years old.
Hamid is seven years old. He is the fourth of five children. His three older siblings were child laborers until joining the ROYA Mentorship Program. Hamid's father collects, buys and sells old metal. The family lives in one of the poorest areas of Western Kabul and the local government school is extremely weak. Attending a private school will help Hamid to develop the skills he will need to escape the poverty that has trapped his family.
Children of Mohammad Hassan:
Rahmatullah was a 15-year-old child street worker. He is in 5th grade and wants to be a civil engineer. He suffers from a parasitic disease called Leishmaniasis (the sore on his nose) that is prevalent in the disadvantaged, overpopulated and remote area of Western Kabul where he lives. He is under treatment and we hope it is cured soon. He is the third of seven children. He wants to learn English and study in a better school because he believes it will help him to break the cycle of poverty in his family and "build [his] own future."
Zainab is 14 years old and was forced to leave school in 6th grade. She stayed home and did carpet weaving with her mother. Her family would not allow her to be in the ROYA Mentorship Program because they didn't feel she needed to be in school beyond 6th grade. They let us take her younger sister and her 15-year-old brother. Recently they agreed to let Zainab return to school and participate in our program. Now she studies 7th grade at the Tarbyat Private School, smiles regularly and feels empowered.
Fatima is 10 years old and was a carpet weaver until August when she entered the ROYA Mentorship Program. She is the fifth of seven children and lives in an extremely poor section of western Kabul. Her father is a karachiwan (someone who pushes a wheelbarrow for hire) and her mother is a carpet weaver. She wishes to be a doctor in the future.
Mohammad Ali is eight years old and has four brothers and two sisters. His two years of studies at the local governmental school in his very poor neighborhood have been of little use. Attending a private school will help him tremendously. He is the first child in his family who is not a child laborer and his only job will be to study and do well in school. His father is a day laborer with unsteady employment. His two oldest brothers also work to help support the family.