In 2007 I was the supervisor of a center. I needed a cleaner for cleaning and cooking of kindergarten’s children. A woman living close to the center came to work whose husband worked as door keeper during the night in our center. They were a poor family and had many children. Their daughter who was a young girl could not get education due to financial problems. She was a very wise and intelligent girl. When ever I found a chance to talk to her, she told me that she was interested to get education. It has to be mentioned that she got education upto class 7. I called her at the office and asked her the reason why she did not continue her school. She said that her mother was busy working at the center, so there is no one at home to work and her father was not able to pay her school fee. She said that her father was not kind enough to his children and they lived by what her mother earned as a cleaner. She said that she was weaving blankets for which she was paid very little money and she couldn’t have time to get education. I decided to talk to her parents and if possible for her to go to school and continue her education. At the beginning I talked to her father. He said that he was not against her education, but the problem was of bad environment and situation. At the school in the morning boys and in the afternoon girls study. It is problem for her to go to school, but better to sit at home. I argued with him and said that his daughter was very intelligent. If she completes her education, she could help the family financially to live a happy life. I continued talking to him that at last he allowed her to go to school. She was going to school regularly and before going to school she came to meet me and daily said thanks to me. Now the girl is in class 9th. She sometimes comes to my house and says it was because of my hard work that she is able to go to school. Her father is also happy now and encourages the girl to complete her education.
I think it was a good help because in a country like Afghanistan where men rule and it is very hard to make a man understand to let his daughter go to school. I think I have saved a girl’s life and future.