Seven-year-old Sahra is in the second grade. She is an only child. She shares a home with her grandparents, two aunts, and three uncles. Sahra’s father is the eldest—and therefore he is responsible for all of the family. One of Sahra’s aunts is also a student at the Zabuli Education Center; she is in the seventh grade.
Sahra loves to read stories. Her most favorite thing to do is to help her mother to bake bread early in the morning before she goes to school. Sahra would like to one day become a pilot and fly all over the world.
Faria is in the sixth grade. She is one of five children. Faria started at the Zabuli Education Center as a 7-year-old in the second grade when our school opened its doors in 2008. She loves coming to school. Two things that Faria loves to do are to play with dolls and to draw. She is a leader in her class. Teachers love her. Faira tells her teacher that since they don’t have electricity in her village, she always tries to finish her homework before it gets dark. Her dream is to become a doctor and help her people.
Rahila is an 18-year-old student in the seventh grade. She loves school. Rahila is the oldest student at our school, but that is not a big deal to her. She is proud that her family is allowing her to continue her studies. Rahila’s two younger sisters are in the fourth and fifth grades. Her dream is to become a police officer and get special training in human rights. She is especially interested in women’s rights. Rahila always volunteers to help teachers when needed. She is one of the head monitors who are responsible for keeping order at morning assembly. She is very much liked by our entire school.
Aysha is 6 years old and is in the first grade. She has a younger sister and an older brother. She wants to become an art teacher. She loves to draw pictures of flowers. She owns a little kitten that she named Morsel (which means “rose”). She loves to play with dolls.
Oranos is one of five children. She has one sister and three brothers. She is 7 years old and will enter the second grade in spring 2011. Her family has a goat and a baby goat; they get milk from the mother goat. Oranos loves the baby goat. She named it Pari, which means “fairy.” After school Oranos plays with the baby goat and takes care of her. She loves dolls but her family can’t afford to buy a big doll—so Pari is Oranos’s doll; a “kid” to Oranos in every sense. Oranos also loves shiny clothes. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Oranos answers that she wants to become a teacher.
Marwa is 6 years old. She is one of nine siblings. She started kindergarten at the Zabuli Education Center in 2009. She was first in her class. She just finished first grade this year and was first in her class again. She loves to sing and likes to draw and color. She has a small doll that she carries with her all the time. Marwa hopes that one day she will have a big doll. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Mawra answered, “I want to be an engineer.” When asked, “What is an engineer?” Mawra answered, “I am too young to know that, but when I grow up and become an engineer, I will tell you all about it.”
Brishna is in the sixth grade. She is the youngest of ten children, with five brothers and four sisters. She is a natural leader, helping the teachers prepare for Morning Assembly and organizing the students’ games during PE and recess. She started at the Zabuli Education Center three years ago. Her passion for school and the opportunity it offers is shown every morning when she is the first to arrive. She loves school and young children. Her goal, or perhaps more accurately her dream, is to study early education in college so that she can become a kindergarten teacher and share her love of learning with new generations of students. We hope that one day her dream will come true, and are grateful that we can play a part in making it happen.
Full of life, Nadia is 9 years old. She is one of 10 children and loves to come to school. She is currently in her third year of classes at the Zabuli Education Center. Nadia says that third grade seems very easy. She can't wait to finish twelfth grade and go to medical school so that she can become a pediatrician. Nadia wants to build a clinic in her village and treat all children for free. She is a leader in her class, helps her teacher, and excels at sports. Nadia wishes for "peace and freedom for girls so they can go to school."