Rana - student in Afghanistan

Rana Dreams Big

In the remote Rast Qol village of Afghanistan, eight-year-old Rana and her grandmother are the best of friends. After Rana tragically lost both parents in a car accident at the age of three, her grandmother became her full-time caregiver. They got by on subsistence agriculture and income from Rana’s uncle, who runs a small shop in the village. But there were simply no options for school—that is until CAI opened a community-based classroom in Rana’s village.

Since joining two years ago, Rana has flourished.

“I have learned a lot of good things. And now I can read and write!” she shared enthusiastically.

Afghan girl reading a book

Rana is one of the thousands of students who would not have been able to attend school at all without CAI and the many donors who fund our work. The school has not only provided Rana with a strong educational foundation but also increased her social support network.

In the words of her teacher, “She is a hardworking and eager learner. And since no one in her family has been formally educated, I am providing her with extra support to ensure she succeeds.” Education is the most crucial path towards change and progress for women, and that is why we are committed to supporting girls like Rana.

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