In light of unfortunate events that have taken place in Kabul Afghanistan in relation to our cooperative agreements with a sports school in Kabul, GCDF releases this statement:
GCDF reached a tentative agreement with an all-girls sports and arts school in Kabul providing gymnastics activities to support the development of their gymnastics program through the child sponsorship program back in 2017. The school is an all-girls children's sports and art school, the first and only sports school supporting the development of girls in Afghanistan.
The agreement was unique as it allowed the sponsorship of girls in orphanages throughout Kabul that desired to engage in Gymnastics. Upon sponsorship, the child would be enrolled in the gymnastics program (Tuition was about $14 a month) and provided transportation from the Orphanage to the school. The school also intended to provide primary/secondary education to enrolled children.
As we were experiencing extensive difficulties securing the necessary support to open our project to the public, we instructed the school not to begin accepting children from orphanages until we begin operations. Despite this warning, the school chartered buses and enrolled children from nearby orphanages into their program. Consequently, they had no funds to pay for their agreements for the transportation of the children, causing a series of issues for the school. The director has since fled to Canada and it appears the school is now closed. We are in the process of accessing the damage in hopes of working with the school to restore their position in the local community.
We continue to urge schools and federations to be patient and allow us to exhaust all options to secure the needed support to promote and successfully start our child sponsorship program. We understand the frustration as we are facing unprecedented challenges, but please remember we are also a unique program and it will take time to find our footing in the public to start.