Monday I started my morning reading an email from Qudsia which included photos of the first pay day for street children sponsored by TIE supporters. They made my day! I thought they might brighten yours.
Pictured below are a few of the children (we are sponsoring 40). Notice that the money ($20) is being paid to the children, not their guardians. Even if they don't hold the funds beyond the gate, they will experience the sense of having earned it. So far there are no drop outs.
Qudsia (pictured below) has been hired by TIE to serve as an intermediary between sponsors, sponsored children, their families, Aschiana and TIE. We will lighten Aschiana's reporting burden, monitor progress and assist when and however we can. We've also offered to provide micro-credit loans to families with sponsored children. Aschiana has experience in funding small businesses and will assist us in finding credit worthy families and enterprises. The search has begun.
Finally, if you have 3 minutes and 59 seconds for another uplifting experience, click here. This bit of culture was provided by my "cuz", Ralph, in Boise, Idaho (culture in Boise?). I'll see if they can share this with children in Afghanistan. That day will come, by the way. I am working with Carol Ruth Silver and the One Laptop Per Child organization in Kabul on a pilot project that would provide 50 laptops to some of our classes. Another Inshallah project in an Inshallah world.