Beacon of Hope for Afghan Children Society

The Beacon of Hope for Afghan Children Society is a Canadian non-profit, non-political, charitable organization, created and operated by supporters of Afghan children in British Columbia. The society has been in operation since 2006 in the Lower Mainland, in British Columbia. The Society was formally registered with the Ministry of Finance of BC as Beacon of Hope for Afghan Children Society in 2007, and has been granted charitable status by the Charities Directorate of Canada Revenue Agency in 2009.

Vision of BOHFACS

“We are changing lives, one Afghan child at a time”

Mission of BOHFACS

Beacon of Hope for Afghan Children Society’s missions is to provide Afghan children access to health and education and to help them overcome the challenges of living in poverty.

The History:

In May 2006, a few young Afghan-Canadians came together after their personal visit to Afghanistan, feeling helpless, depressed, and wanting to make a change in the lives of Afghan Children.Many of these founding members visited Afghanistan approximately 18 years after the Taliban regime; several of our the founding members were born in Afghanistan and personally experienced the horror of war through the eyes of a child.

They group felt motivated, rolled up their sleeves and organized a fundraising event at a high school in Surrey, B.C, and raised over $2,000. This event marked the start of a growing organization. Hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to the society’s first program, the health care initiative where we support the Indira Gandhi’s Children Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan through pharmaceutical needs.As Canadians, we are privileged and fortunate to live in a society where education and healthcare are considered basic needs.We believe Afghan children deserve the same.

Why Afghan Children?

Here are a few simple reasons why the Beacon of Hope for Afghan Children Society was created:

1.Children make up more than half the population of Afghanistan and their rights must be given priority.

2.One out of every five children born in Afghanistan dies before the age of five. Every day, 550 children die of preventable causes. A significant number of child deaths can be attributed to malnutrition or preventable diseases, primarily pneumonia and diarrihea. Afghanistan also remains one of only four polio-endemic countries in the world.

3.More than four million children, the majority of them girls, do not have access to education. Around half of the lessons are not conducted in normal classrooms settings, but under trees or in tents. The quality of education is often poor; Save the Children evaluation study in 2010 found that only 43 percent of children in grade 3 could read with comprehension. Levels of enrollment and retention for girls reflect a more nuanced measure of progress. Girls only account for 35.5 percent of primary school enrollment and only 4 percent of girls are in grades 10-12.

4.In a recent NGO coalition report, poverty was identified as the “single biggest barrier to girls’ access to education.” UN still talks of a “silent crisis for 5 million children (42 percent of all children) not in school due to poverty and vulnerability and an acute shortage of funding due to a very low response to education projects.

 

Core values

By communicating and living our values, Beacon of Hope for Afghan children Society team members can ensure donors’ confidence in the society’s management and success.

  • Social responsibility,
  • Education
  • Awareness
  • Transparency

Board of Directors:

  • Deena Safi
  • Froozan Jooya
  • Hajera Baqi 
  • Husna Naibkhil
  • Omar Kaywan

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