Supporting Girls in Rural Afghanistan
Sanitation is more than just a privilege or a tool to prevent disease. It is a fundamental human right, one that can enable people to realize other rights—like the right to health. For girls, a simple, safe and private toilet can be essential to putting education within reach.
-Amanda Klasing and Heather Barr
Imagine having to attend school without even outdoor bathroom facilities. Consider what that means, especially, to high school girls. Shorab Girls High School in Shindand District, Afghanistan is a poor village school in remote Shindand District, Afghanistan. The school has many needs that impact the educational experience of its students, but the lack of bathroom facilities is a primary and fundamental need for the girls. Without proper bathroom facilities, the girls are subject to dangerous health and hygiene risks.
The added danger is that girls will quit coming to school if private and proper bathroom facilities are not provided. School’s without safe and sanitary bathrooms can make girls uncomfortable and that discourages them from attending, resulting in increased dropout rates. Even one girl who loses the opportunity to receive an education is a tragic loss to a country that cannot afford the loss.
Coming to school for these girls is hard enough. There are more girls than classroom space, so some of the students are taught in the heat of the day. Providing a bathroom facility for these aspiring students will help protect their health and give them one more reason to attend school. Prioritizing girls' education can be a key lever in lifting families, communities, and countries out of poverty.
The cost of this project is $2,000, but will yield so much more as the education of girls positively impacts their village and beyond.