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Eid makes no difference to us: Kids at Ashiana

Eid makes no difference to us: Kids at Ashiana

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Sep 01, 2017 - 09:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Poverty-stricken children being kept at Ashiana, an Afghan aid group, centre in Kabul say Eidul Adha would be no different from normal days for them.

The Ashiana provides educationinfo-icon and vocational training for thousands of youngsters who once worked on the streets.

Poverty and other difficulties of life have taken away happiness from these children who have nothing to cheer about.

Sosan, 14, a resident of Logar province, has been studying in the Ashiana Centre in Kabul. He says he felt no difference in Eid and other days.

The teenager said Eid was meaningless to him as he could not afford to buy and wear new dress or take home cakes and biscuits to celebrate.

Sosan’s father works as a laborer in Kabul City and earns a small amount of money which according to Sosan is not enough to meet their family’s daily needs.

Abdullah, 13, a resident of Nangarhar province, has been attending the school at the Ashiana center for the past five months. He said he also worked part-time in the city and earned 50 to 100 afghanis daily.

“I give the money to my father who is disabled and can’t work,” said the boy, who admitted his inability to buy new clothes for himself and enjoy the Eid like other children.

Hashmatullah Hayat, the Ashiana project in-charge, told Pajhwok Afghan News over 2,000 children were being imparted education and vocational training at the group’s centers in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat City and Gardez. Children from age six to 17 years old are kept in these centers.

After attending their classes, the children are free to work in the city in the afternoon.

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