Afghan Girls Bring Drinking Water to Their School

Posted by Anna P. Mussman
March 31, 2010
Students Drink Water at Jalalabad High School

About the Author: Anna Mussman serves in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Youth Programs Division.

Students in Jalalabad involved with the Department of State's Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) program were recently offered $150 to create and implement a small project to benefit their communities. This small grant project was facilitated by the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Foundation, a Department of State grantee organization which implements GCE in Jalalabad. Nagina Shafiqi and her team at the Bi Bi Aisha Girls High School were the first to complete their project. Nagina wrote that the girls decided to tackle the lack of drinking water at their school: "We spent all day without drinking water in school, although some students brought drinking water from their houses, but when they reached school, the water bottle was too hot, so we thought that we have to solve this problem for the coming summer."

When their application was accepted, a group of male students helped the girls negotiate costs at the market and talked with masons to get the most reasonable prices. The girls and the school community watched the laborers build the water tank brick by brick and in just two weeks they were able to fill the tank with water. Nagina described the project on the GCE website and received more than 150 responses!

Sami Misbah wrote, "Congratulations to all Bi Bi Aisha high school students. Today we start with our schools, and then we will remake our country, Inshallah." Mahreen Salih added that through the project, "Women, especially young girls, showed their talent and how they are a success in society."

When asked how she felt when the project was completed, Nagina wrote, "When I and my team discussed and searched and started the work till when it got finished, by the Grace of Allah, we knew that although we are females, we can do everything if we dare... I now know that I am able to do such more work as this project and it will be my pleasure to serve my society and county's people so I advise to all people to be active and serve their country and struggle hard for reconstruction."

Read more about the GCE program in Afghanistan here.

Related Entry:U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Afghan Women

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Ulfat K.
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Afghanistan
April 1, 2010

Ulfat K. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all dear and respectable reader

its due to award for Bibi Aishia High School in jalalabad that preformed such greatest activities for their community and for their school, I wish to all of them success and good luck, they did very great job. We have also bring a drinking water tank to our school (Tajrobawee High school) in our school there was lack of water and we make a water tank to school that our Sisters and Brothers are taking advantage of that.

Thanks a lot

Susie
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Turkey
April 1, 2010

Susie in Turkey writes:

GREAT accomplishment girls...keep it up...one project at a time...success is at your fingertips!

Husay
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Afghanistan
April 1, 2010

Husay in Afghanistan writes:

Hi Dear all I would Like to say that the girls were not given such opportunities and it is outstanding opportunities were given from GCEP to Afghan Females I am really proud of Afghans..
Husay Bibi Zainab High School

Cynthia V.
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California, USA
April 1, 2010

Cynthia V. in California writes:

We're so proud for the girls and boys of the GCEP Afghanistan Afghan and American PreCollege Institute! They've worked together to develop the project ideas -- and then at each high school, the GCEP team their implemented that project. I think it's also important to note that the projects that these students created will benefit all of the students at their high schools.

Thanks to GCEP and our La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Foundation for making these projects possible!

herlina
April 2, 2010

Herlina writes:

This is great! This is a successful project that solved a crucial problem by a group of young girls. This kind of activities will definitely change the views of many people in the community regarding the roles of women in the society in the long run. This success will also boost the confidence of the girls involved in the project to think out of the box type of thinking.

CONGRATULATIONS!

zakia
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Zakia in Afghanistan writes:

Dear Reader,

such kinds of achivements are really inspiring. It is really a good lessons for the people who think that the women can not do any thing and women are not important as men are important. Thanks Anna for your nice narrated report, it brought tears to my eyes.

Thanks Zakia

Meena
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Meena in Afghanistan writes:

Hi, I am really thirty now, I am going to go and take a glass of water to drink. I am very glad that the girls will have colder drinking water during summer days when the tempreture raises to 50 degree celsius. Girls Keep it up this great work. Regards, Meena

Khairullah A.
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Khairullah A. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello all

I appreciate the Bibi Aishia Girls High School that done such a great task for their school I wish all of them success

Thanks
Khairullah from CETC computer lab Jalalabad

Zameer
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Zameer A. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello dear readers

that is really interesting news and I am so happy about the Bibi Aishia school that solved their school problems, wish them good luck.

Zameer A., CETC computer lab Jalalabad

hikmatullah w.
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Hikmatullah W. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello dear and respected readers

it is so nice that bi bi Aisha high school students in Jalalabad bring drinking water to their school wish to be successful, they did so nice job. We also had a small grant project that we are thinking how to save our environment clean and save so first of all we had three day workshop we are learn there to save our environment clean and then we had plantation and bought some trashcans, and did a practical compain in the school and clean all the school

thanks a lot
Hikmatullah W. from Abdul Wakil high school

aimal
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Aimal S. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello Anna I hope you fine and healthy

Thanks so much from your discussion

First I must tell you that bibi aishia high school Completed their small grant project successfully. There small grant project was so great and successful and we thanks From there help and activities in this project its really interesting that School girls also can solve many problems of girls in schools

I want to tell you that we also had a small grant project Our school small grant project helped a lot to our school and they are: First… we had plantation program and after plantation, our team project For cleanliness of our school puts the trashcans and any equipment for cleanliness in school And also we had three-day seminar about cleanliness in our school

Good regard
Aimal S. from Abdul Wakil high school

abdulmanan
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Abdulmanan in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all brothers and sisters:

It is so great that over sisters done this good work and the solved the problem of their students we proud on them that they success in this small grant project wish they success in all their life and wish that they well be together and combine their ideas about every thing after then they can solve their problem easily.

It seems that they ready to every kind of working to the society.

Thanks

Anwar s.
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Anwar S. in Afghanistan writes:

Hi dear respected Anna!

Wish you are fine, happy and going well your life.

Thanks so much that you share your feelings, thoughts with us once more, thanks again from your nice discussion.

First of all Congratulation to Bi-Bi Aisha girls high school that they complete their small grant project successful, in fact they make good facilities for the needs of students.

First of this small grant project we did plantation in our school and we grew trees in our school for looking nice and wonderful.

We also had small grant project in Abdul wakil high school and complete them successful.

The members of this project before they decided that what to do for our school? They decided that we must keep our environment clean and safe, then they went to bazaar and bought 3 trashcans, for the trash to put in it, 2 shovels and one cart for the carrying of trash, something else.

We had one seminar for two days under the subject of how to keep our environment clean and safe? In this seminar participated talented students of every class. then we went to every class and we talk to the students and told them that we want keep our environment clean and safe, and told them that don't put trash without trashcans and also they promise to us that we won't put trash in the class.

Nice wishes
Anwar S. student of Abdul wakil high school

Qais A.
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Qais A. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all!

Wish you all fine and having zesty moments in your life

This is Qais A. student of Abdul Wakil high school, the Bi Bi Aisha girls high school have made a wonderful and helpful duty, the school before didn’t had water for students to drink and as summer is also coming, by kindness of the GCEP leaders as its credit goes to them because they have persuade us and give us money and support to work and make a plan what is more necessity thing in our schools, as our school was under construction and our project was delayed for while but when the apartment of our school was complete, first of all we started plantation in our school, then we started another serve that was for keeping the environment save and clean, we bought trashcans, cart, shovels and more things that were needed in making the school area clean, then we had 2days workshop for training the students how to clean the school and that we are all responsible for cleaning the school and we should avoid the school to become dirt-full again, after the workshop we had campaigns in every class of the school and then the students were motivated and they volunteer painted the classes of the school and we have a plan to rebuild the windows of the school that are totally broken and having no glasses in it, we will make our budget sheet and send it to sir Almas and we will see if they are agree with us or…

Regards
Qais A.
Abdul Wakil H.S

Zabihullah
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Zabihullah in Afghanistan writes:

Hello dear respectable Anna!

How are you? Hope to be fine and doing well This is Zabihullah N. from Abdul Wakil high school. Thanks so much from your nice and attractive discussion.

First of all I say Congratulate to the BiBi Aisha girls high school students and teachers that they completed their small grant project successfully, I wish to all of them success, they did a very great job.

We also had small grant project in Abdul Wakil high school and we completed them successfully. First of this small grant project we did plantation in our school and we grew trees in our school for looking nice and clean. The members of the small grant project before decided that what should we do? They decided we must keep our environment clean and safe. They make a seminar for two days and they take talented students from every class and discuss them that How to keep our environment clean and safe? Then the members of this project went for buying tools. Such as trashcans, shovels and cart. Then they start in their project and keep and clean the environment of our school.

Yours sincerely
Zabihullah N. from Abdul Wakil high school.

Khatol
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Khatol in Afghanistan writes:

Hello dear All

I hope to have great time.

I am pleased to express my feelings about the Small grant project.

That was really great job for all GCEP students that they eagerly took part and we worked as team and solved the lack of drinking water in school so now we got how to service for our community and people and how to solve our problems.

I am grateful from All GCEP facilitators who provide us such nice opportunities to improve our skills and knowledge by doing this kind of service.

And hope to participate in this kind of project in the future time.

On behalf of GCEP Bi Bi Aisha member I thanks from your voluble comments and feelings.

Thanks
khatol student of Bi Bi Aisha girls' high school

saida
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Saida in Afghanistan writes:

Hello

I hope you are fine and doing well.

I am really happy to see the success of Small grant project.

The small grant project union us to work together and make decision how to remove the lack of drinking water in school that was really big problem in our school we were face to lack of water.

We participated so happily and we did our project work with happiness and by the Grace of Almighty Allah we solved this problem and now we have plenty water in school and all students drink water and
feel so happy.

And they all appreciate the GCEP small grant project work and advisers.

Thanks
saida student of Bi Bi Aisha high school

durkzey
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Durkzey in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all members of this site

How are you? I wish you all fine and doing well.

What great news I wish they become success in the future.

And we are proud for the girls that they finished their project first of all.

And we had a project, how to keep of our environment save and clean?

We had seminar for those student who had first position in their class. For two days and then we campaign for cleaning of our school.

For saving of our environment of school we didn’t have specific place to putt the garbage and we bought some trashcan and cart for our school to putt the garbage in specific place.

Wish you all the best.

Farishta
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Farishta in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all G C E readers

Some of people says the women can not work like men bout it is wrong women can be work at home and also work out side of the home you are saw this project they are

Completed by Bi Bi Asha H.S girls this project solves their all students problem and women have effort to solve their problems and if their no women in society the society can not be promoted.

Farishta from CETC computer lap

Mahreen s.
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Mahreen S. in Afghanistan writes:

Hello

Great news: this is a wonderful and successfully project that completed by a group of girls and I am really proud of those girls who worked hard and straggled a lot and I hope that they will success in their future plan and receive such a project that will be benefit for our community.

Thanks
Mahreen S. from tajrubavee girls HS, CETC computer lab

Ezatullah ).
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Ezatullah in Afghanistan writes:

In the name of Allah who knows the secrets of our hearts!

Hello to all of you, desire every one fine and healthy!

It is very nice that Bi Bi Aisha girl’s high school has completed their small grant project successfully and hopes they have done well,

Hey we had small grant project too that completed successfully on Wednesday and our project has been inaugurated by Fary Moini, Steve brown and Abdul Qaum ((Almas)) and our project was about clean and safe environment I mean how can we keep our environment clean and safe and we did such too I mean we bought trashcans, cart, buckets. Shovels and pickaxe, these are the vital things to clean an environment we brought these things to our school and began to work in our school.

Beside this project we had two days workshop too about safe environment our IT trainer taught them and gave them information that how we will keep our environment clean and safe and also we campaigned in our school I mean we that workshop’s members practical went outside and gathered the all garbage from school and cleaned the school, and also we persuaded the other students to keep their environment clean and safe the surprise words are these that they bought Ca (OH) 2 and white washed their classes and bought crystals to their windows too and also made the doors too which have been ruined by them and they promised that they will absolutely keep their environment clean and safe to get education in clean and safe environment.

And also we planted plants too I mean we brought plants and planted them in our school to beauty of our school and to get clean and fresh Oxygen.

Best regards,
Ezatullah ((Samadi)) student of Abdul Wakil high school

Abdulaziz
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Abdulaziz in Afghanistan writes:

Hello!

Indeed, it is totally pride for us that girls from Afghanistan also could impliment such an important small Grant project which was completely helful for all the students and i wish that the La jolla Golden rotary club also enables such facilities and opportunities for the girls of afghanistan.

Nice wishes
Abdul A. (shoja) yours buddy from Abdul wakil high school.

Fawad
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Fawad in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all how are you? I wish you fine and healthy.

This is fawad Alami from abdul wakil high school

Iam very happy that Bi Bi Aisha high school students find opportunity for making this

Project and they serve voluntarily to their school and they solve the problems and make drinking water tank for their school and now people take advantages from it

We proud on Bi Bi Aisha high school students that he creates such a nice project

Also we have a grant projects in our school (Abdul wakil high school) it name was plantation of the tress in our school area also cleanliness of our school, and other projects that we complete it successfully and we solve the problems and I wish many people get advantages from it and also we serve voluntarily to our school

Thanks a lot
Best wishes;
Fawad A. from abdul wakil high school

lima
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Lima in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all readers!

Hope to be fine and healthy!
This is Lima G. student of Bi Bi Aisha high school.

I would like to say that I am very happy that the Bi Bi Aisha girls' high school successfully completed their small grant project and I am very pleased because we had a big problems with the lack of water that and we thanks from Ms. Fary that she provided us great chance to service for our school and society and also she awarded us for our successful project and now we feel so happy that we don't have any problem with the water and we all appreciate the GCEP facilitators especially Kind Fary who support and persuade us every time.

Thanks a lot
Lima student of Bi Bi Aisha girls' high school

Eida
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Eida in Afghanistan writes:

Hello dear Anna.

Hope you fine and healthy with your all family.

This is Eida student of Bi Bi Aisha high school and also student of GCEP
computer lab.

Girls in the school they are completed their small grant project but Bi Bi Aisha girls high school first finished successfully their small grant project and they all feel so cheerful and appreciate the small grant projects adviser who provided us the chance to work for country changed our mind to be active and eagerly service for school.

It is great improvement in our educational skills.

Thanks
Eida student of Bi Bi Aisha high school

Ruqia
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Ruqia in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all

hope to be fine and have a good time

I am ruqia sultani from Bi Bi Aisha high school

I am very happy and I would like to say that is very good for Bi Bi Aisha high school and which problem the students have it get solving very good and that is very successful project and I think that is very important for a lot students.

hope to participate in such successful project in the future to service for my society and country and remove all problems we are face now.

thanks a lot

Zardana
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Zardana in Afghanistan writes:

Hello

congratulation to all GCEP members especially who took part in small grant project and they finished their project successfully and on behalf of GCEP Bi Bi Aisha I am grateful from all for nice and voluble comment and persuasion.

Thanks
zardana student of Bi Bi Aisha high school

Leeda
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Leeda in Afghanistan writes:

Hello to all

Wish you are have great time.

It is the place of happiness to express discuss about our small grant project,

thanks from all who provided the chance to removed the lack of water in school.

Thanks
Leeda student of Bi Bi Aisha high school

Maliha
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Maliha in Afghanistan writes:

Hello dear all respected readers

Hope have nice time.

I am pleased to know about this discussion and it is the success of all GCEP members who competed their small grant project successfully and I hope to take part in such nice projects in the future time I feel so happy that now our school has plenty water and students drink water and appreciate from all who provided us this chance to have water in school

Thanks
Maliha student of Bi Bi Aisha girls' high school

Malina
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Afghanistan
April 3, 2010

Malina in Afghanistan writes:

Hello

I hope to be fine and doing well

This is Malina afghan from Bi Bi Aishi hghi school.

Congratulation to all GCEP students for small grant projects and it was great happiness to us that we work together as team and solved the lack of water' problem in school now all students feel happy and thanks for nice cooperation.

Thanks
Malina student of Bi Bi Aisha girls high school

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