In June 2015, Friends of Aschiana UK heard that Aschiana was struggling to pay the salaries for essential staff. The jobs at risk were: the 2 Guards needed to monitor people coming into the school yard, to protect the children and the school, day and night; the school Cook, who prepares the Hot Meal a Day for Aschiana's 500 pupils every day; the Driver, who amongst other duties, takes vital staff to the IDP camps, many miles outside Kabul, where Aschiana runs the tented schools for boys and girls; the 2 Cleaners, who keep the school's classrooms, washrooms and corridors clean and hygienic every day. These 6 workers, male and female, are proud members of the Aschiana community and key to the everyday running of the organisation. They of course, rely on their salaries for their livelihoods and that of their families, living in a vibrant city like Kabul, but where there is no safety net to help the unemployed.
The monthly salary for each of these key 6 workers is the equivalent of £200. We were so pleased to raise and send the £14,400 needed to keep these people employed at Aschiana for a complete year - June 2015 to June 2016. They are in work and enjoying playing a fulfilling role at Aschiana, helping the staff and pupils who need them. We are grateful to everyone who donates to us at Friends of Aschiana UK.