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Empowering Afghanistan’s women and youth through access to media. Immediate objective: The first project objective is to get the donated computers safely to Young Women for Change (YWC) in Kabul, Afghanistan, and to provide initial assistance for set-up, installation and equipment. Any extra funds would provide continuing support to YWC’s Sahar Gul computer lab expenses […]

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Dollars Raised: 75%

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Deadline: Dec 31, 2013
Total needed: $275

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Muhammad Jaweed Ahmadi '15 Economics and Political Science Kabul, Afghanistan

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Empowering Afghanistan’s women and youth through access to media.

Immediate objective: The first project objective is to get the donated computers safely to Young Women for Change (YWC) in Kabul, Afghanistan, and to provide initial assistance for set-up, installation and equipment. Any extra funds would provide continuing support to YWC’s Sahar Gul computer lab expenses and sponsor TOEFL examinations for female students to be qualified for educational scholarship opportunities.

Long-term goals: To create a virtual cultural exchange program (Virtual Pen Pals) via skype between Young Women for Change and the Middlebury community and interested high schools in the region. Kabul Media Connection (KMC) will provide online media support for the college application process via screen flow tutorials, forums and information on the KMC website including college counseling and scholarship opportunities, etc. We are also interested in using extra funds to sponsor the TOEFL examination for Afghan students applying for educational opportunities abroad so that they may be qualified for these opportunities.

Why we need MiddSTART: MiddSTART funding is crucial to supporting expenses including extra media-related equipment, shipping, maintenance and installation of the computers. Secondly, MiddSTART is an exceptional venue for spreading awareness to the college community about this initiative and the initiatives of Young Women for Change.

Jaweed’s Personal Statement: In 2008, I was first introduced to the Internet by a close friend and classmate. He created an email for me and showed me how to use it for mailing and communicating. Later in 2009, I managed to find the email address of a scholarship program. Almost 80% of the scholarship selection program was through email. I was then nominated to study at United World College in Costa Rica. Afterwards, I needed to have regular access to email in order to arrange my travel to the college. Today, when I look back, I really appreciate my friend for introducing me to the Internet. His assistance definitely enabled me to shape my life. I would not be here at Middlebury if I hadn’t been introduced to these opportunities.

Our Joint Statement: As a Digital Media Tutor in the Wilson Media Lab of Davis Family library, I help the multimedia projects of students and faculty come to fruition every day. I am so very privileged to attend Middlebury College, where there is an infinite amount of resources at our fingertips – and hands-on assistance available for our every need. I have realized, with the help of the donation of recycled computers from Middlebury LIS, that I can help promote the empowerment of women by providing them access to this same enormous web that we are all a part of – the internet – and additional tools for them to use to connect with the world and seek opportunities otherwise maybe unknown.

Visit the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KabulMediaConnection

Visit the website: http://kabulmediaconnection.wordpress.com


  • Muhammad Jaweed Ahmadi

    I wanted to share one of the most important
    things in my life that drives me to help better this world and helps me
    feel better about myself. That is helping as many Afghan girl as I can
    to make Afghanistan a better place for women. This passion
    comes from the fact that I wouldn’t be here at Middlebury if my dearest
    sister in the world didn’t teach me how to write and read well at early
    childhood. It was when the schools were closed for me as an Afghan
    child when I needed schooling the most under the tyranny of the Taliban
    regime and the Iranian regime for six years of my life. My only two
    sisters have always shared the most love I have received. I will never
    forgive myself if I did not try to do something in this life.
    Unfortunately, the tyranny of this cruel world did not give my sisters a
    single chance to go to school and university to shape their life they
    desired. Here I am, an older man who can do things if not for them
    specifically but for all the girls in Afghanistan FOR THEM. As some of
    you might know, for the last seven months I tried my best to initiate
    the project of getting donations of used-computers from Middlebury
    College and send the laptops to Afghanistan to let the girls in very
    need use the laptops to better off their lives and empower themselves.
    This weekend, a dear person, Shabana (Midd class of 2011), managed to
    take 12 laptops and 3 IMACs to transfer them to her school of
    leadership, SOLA, for the girls in need of such tools. A laptop can let a
    girl in Afghanistan have access to internet to look for opportunities
    within Afghanistan and abroad. Using the laptops help the girls to
    manage their education better. Realistically, Afghanistan is not the
    best place in the world for the Afghan girls to easily survive hardships
    but such efforts can help few but it is a big step. It is a big step
    because I have faith in every single Afghan girl who is potential to be
    leaders of tomorrow and fight to bring better justice for all afghan
    women. Investing in such girls is the best option I found so far to do
    something for this world. I am writing these all to let you all that I
    should thank Middlebury College and its community for making this
    happen. I also thank many of my friends who helped me by donating and
    supporting my project. I wouldn’t be able to these all if I didn’t
    receive cooperation from the college and the people who supported.I am
    now more committed to make more efforts to help more girls in need. I
    have to thank my sisters too and this world must know that I love them
    to deepest part of my life. Peace and love. Also, you can donate if you wanted, there are more to accomplish in this long road. More info about SOLA:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=644211908976067&set=a.320843247979603.76543.115958711801392&type=1&theater

  • Jaweed

    Thank you all for supporting this project. Please spread the news to ones who are interested to support my project. We still have 22 days to fundraise. Thanks,
    Jaweed

  • Jaweed

    Shout out to those of you who already donated to this project and to those who will. Honestly, I really appreciate your support and enthusiasm to enable us to help those Afghan women in need. Any amount that you donate will be like planting the seeds to provide enough fruits (opportunities) to Afghan women and youth. Thank you all. Jaweed &Sam

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