Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan

by Public Organization 'Sadoqat'
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Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Give Education to Rural Children in Tajikistan
Canteen Opening Ceremony Ribbon Cutting Moment
Canteen Opening Ceremony Ribbon Cutting Moment

Dear Valuable Donors,

We would like to avail this opportunity to once again thank you for your continuous support to our causes and your significant contribution in improving access to education in rural areas of Tajikistan.

Through this memorandum, we are delighted to inform you about our recent achievements. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s Representative Office in Dushanbe (TIKA Dushanbe) generously supported the renovation of the canteen of Secondary School No. 10 in Devashtich District of Tajikistan. This was the first project of this kind in the community we work since it has brought 12 Turkish students as volunteers to support the renovation process and to promote community service. As part of the project, we also conducted Tajik-Turkish Food Festival attended by the Turkish guests and local community, where the two parties offered their national cuisine and hosted each other in a warm family atmosphere. The Tajik and Turkish youth also enjoyed Evening of Friendship and mutual activities, where they performed national songs, and exchanged in culture and traditions.  

The school’s canteen in an operable state, with lack and broken furniture was in a dire situation before the project as no maintenance and no major renovation activities were performed since it was constructed in early 2000s. Another major deficiency was the absence of clean water neither for cooking nor washing hands. The facility also lacked cooking equipment inside and the cooks had to prepare meals outside in a traditional clay-made oven both in cold weather during winter and hot season during spring. Following the implementation of the renovation project, the canteen has modern facilities in line with the water, sanitation and hygiene standards, which we believe will provide students and personnel with clean and healthy meals. In addition to preventing various diseases and contributing to the improvement of the education environment by supporting and motivating both students and teachers.  

The project refurbished the canteen’s interior and exterior, upgraded the water and sanitation facilities, installed a new cooking equipment and provided a new set of furniture. It will benefit around 6300 beneficiaries, including nearly 1200 students and 100 teachers of the school as well as 5000 residents of Ghazantarak village by ensuring access to improved hygiene and sanitation conditions for meal intake. The project’s total cost is USD 53,000 with two major activities performed, USD 28,000 spent on renovation activities and USD 25,000 channeled for the exchange program to support the visit of 12 Turkish students to Tajikistan as well as administrative activities.

This project was implemented in line with the Turkish Government Exchange Program, which provided a great opportunity for 12 Turkish students to visit Tajikistan, to participate in the canteen renovation activities, and most importantly to get acquainted with their Tajik peers during three days of their visit to Devashtich district. The students from the two countries have participated in mutual activities promoting, discovering and exchange of reciprocal culture, traditions and customs of both countries, and mutually taking part in the project implementation as part of the community service. The students also played a friendly football game, which aims to strengthen their ties.

We take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the TIKA Dushanbe, particularly to its Coordinator and dedicated staff for this excellent opportunity as well as all of you, dear friends, for your continuous support and generosity.

Last but not least, the GlobalGiving is conducting Little by Little campaign on September 12-16, 2022, under which all eligible donations up to $50 USD per unique donor per organization will be matched at 50% for the duration of the campaign. We would highly appreciate if you could publicly share information about this exciting opportunity among your friends and colleagues to mobilize more donations to our causes and enable our organization to support and participate in the growth and prosperity of underserved communities. We stongly believe we can do more with your valuable support, our dear friends! 

Tajik-Turkish Food Festival followed by ceremony
Tajik-Turkish Food Festival followed by ceremony
Project participants from Tajikistan
Project participants from Tajikistan
canteen after renovation
canteen after renovation
Local Authorities Award Certificate to TIKA
Local Authorities Award Certificate to TIKA
Turkish Students and TIKA Dushanbe Coordinator
Turkish Students and TIKA Dushanbe Coordinator
Opening ceremony participants exchange gifts
Opening ceremony participants exchange gifts
Tajik and Turkish students contributing to project
Tajik and Turkish students contributing to project
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Training of English Teachers in Devashtich
Training of English Teachers in Devashtich

Dear Donors,

Distinguished Friends,

We are pleased to inform you about the start of a collaboration with English Without Borders Network Tajikistan (EWB) for English teaching capacity building in rural areas of Tajikistan. The objective of this cooperation is to enable English teachers from the remote Devashtich District of Tajikistan to improve their teaching methods, skills, and knowledge, the raise their awareness about various exchange programs and grant opportunities, and most importantly, to help them create a network for further professional improvement.

At the initiative of our NGO, EWB conducted two training workshops for 60 English teachers from the Devashtich District of Tajikistan on May 5 and May 25, 2022. The workshops were held by an experienced trainer, Ms Zaripova, in Secondary School No 1 in Ghonchi settlement - the administrative centre of Devashtich District. Ms Zaripova shared information about the EWB, conducted a needs' assessment survey among the participants to tailor future activities to the specific needs of English teachers, and made a presentation on EWB Master Workshop Program, which enables English teachers to apply for small grants provided for EL teacher training within the EWB project. In addition, she also delivered a session for workshop participants on how to effectively use and benefit from various online resources such as the EWB website and social media pages, as well as how to use contemporary methods of teaching English language.

This workshop was co-financed by both EWB Tajikistan and the NGO Sadoqat. The EWB  provided trainer and both organizers co-financed the cost of lunch provided at the end of the training. The lunch cost USD 2.5 per person, and USD 150 overall. 

We are excited to continue this collaboration to empower our dedicated English teachers from rural areas of Tajikistan and create a Resource Centre to help these teachers get access to various resources, exchange programs and grant opportunities, and empower their students to get better knowledge and to contribute to the development of their communities. 

We would like to avail ourselves of this opportunity to once again offer our heartfelt grtitude to our partners and to you, dear donors, for your continued support and motivation. It is our firm belief we can do a lot for our communities with your support. 

Please do not hesitate to spread the word about this initiaitve among your friends, colleagues and family, to help us mobilize more funding and do more for the communities in need. 

Sincerely,

NGO Sadoqat Team

English Teachers Training Process
English Teachers Training Process
Training Process in Devashtich District
Training Process in Devashtich District
Workshop 2, May 25, 2022
Workshop 2, May 25, 2022
Training Participants, May 25, 2022
Training Participants, May 25, 2022
Group Exercise, May 25, 2022
Group Exercise, May 25, 2022

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1st session, Online Human Rights Exchange
1st session, Online Human Rights Exchange

Dear friends and donors,

We are extremely pleased to inform you about our progress in the education sphere. We just commenced our new Online Human Rights Exchange Project with its kick-off session on March 4, 2022, in cooperation with the NGO ‘Trips Beyond the Classroom’ (https://www.tripsbeyondtheclassroom.com/) and the ‘Global Nomads Group’ (https://gng.org/).

The project offers online exchange between high school students from Tajikistan, Poland and Jordan. The main goal of the project is to improve the knowledge of participants on human rights and develop their critical thinking skills. Other goals of the project include the establishment of friendship and cooperation ties between the high school students from Poland, Jordan and Tajikistan to contribute to strengthening of peace and harmony through education.

It is important to call out that the cost of participation of students from Tajikistan is sponsored by the NGO Trips Beyond the Classroom. The most exciting thing about this project is that Mr Benjamin Burg, Founder and President of the Board of this organization had initially offered to support two students from Tajikistan. However, after conducting an online interview with four Tajik students from remote Devashtich District of Tajikistan, and seeing the highest level of their enthusiasm for knowledge and learning, and their eagerness to participate in this initiative, based on our request, Mr Burg kindly agreed to provide four scholarships of USD 75 each.

We are very pleased to have had the first online session on March 4, 2022. The session was extremely warm and encouraging. The students from the three participating countries demonstrated a high level of interest in interaction, international friendship and cooperation, and importantly, their big desire to build on their knowledge about human rights.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt gratitude to the NGO Trips Beyond the Classroom, particularly to its Director Mr Benjamin Burg, and to the Global Nomads Group for this excellent opportunity of cooperation and support.

Our special thanks also goes out to each of you, dear donors, thanks to whose support we have been able to do so much for our communities. Please do continue to show your support towards our organization and do not forget to tell your friends and family about our initiatives)).

Please take a second of your precious time to visit our youtube channel to enjoy the encouraging interview process of the Tajik students for this promising project.

Interview of Tajik Students for Online Exchange
Interview of Tajik Students for Online Exchange

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German Ambassador to Tajikistan in School 51
German Ambassador to Tajikistan in School 51

Dear friends,

 At the outset, we would like to reiterate our heartfelt gratitude for your continuous support in various ways, be it direct donations or spreading the word about our causes. We are truly honored that you have selected our projects among thousands of amazing projects from around the world. In response, to live up to your expectations,  we have been doing our best to ensure targeted use of every hard-earned cent you are generously gifting to our communities in need by ensuring effectiveness, efficiency and transparency,.

At this point, we have no ongoing project on education; however, we do have plans to implement several projects on improving the conditions in rural schools of Tajikistan by creating/improving sports and dining facilities based on the request we received from communities in our area of operation. Thus, we are in process of mobilizing funds to start the process soon.

Meanwhile, we are very delighted to share some exciting news. We had two important visits to our facilities, specifically School No 51 in Ghazantarak Village of Tajikisan, where we created 70 additional seats through the construction of two additional classrooms thanks to your generosity.

On October 24, 2021, a consultant of Terre des hommes (tdh) Germany visited the School No 51 to become familiar with the results of our activities and highly appreciated the work we have done there. We recently started cooperation with the tdh Germany through a pilot project on access to quality healthcare in the Devashtich District of Tajikistan.

It was a great honor and pleasure to have Dr. Andreas Prothmann, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Tajikistan, on a visit to the Devashtich District. Ambassador Prothmann also visited School No 51 among other facilities and highly praised the quality of construction and finishing activities. The German Embassy in Dushanbe provided a grant amounting to EURO 2470 for the completion of the construction of the two classrooms we accomplished in this School No 51.

Please enjoy some pictures attached to this report from the above two visits. We also added links to the video of the Handover Ceremony of the Project on Construction of two Additional Classrooms in School No 51 in Ghazantarak Village of Tajikistan and our interview, with The Middle Road, about our current activities and future plans. We hope you will like it. 

We once again thank each and every of you for your kind generosity and for selecting our initiatives. We would not have been able to do so many things without your support.

We look forward to continued cooperation with all of you and bringing more happiness to ordinary and underprivileged people in rural areas with your generosity and comprehensive support.

Devashtich Governor presenting book to Ambassador
Devashtich Governor presenting book to Ambassador
Ambassador in newly constructed classrooms
Ambassador in newly constructed classrooms
tdh Consultant meet with the School No 51 Staff
tdh Consultant meet with the School No 51 Staff
tdh Consultant visits newly constructed classroom
tdh Consultant visits newly constructed classroom
School Director appreciates donations they receive
School Director appreciates donations they receive

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newly constructed and commissioned classroom
newly constructed and commissioned classroom

Education is vital for upholding all human rights and freedoms, ensuring adequate living standards of the vulnerable groups, namely children. This project has significantly improved access to quality education of almost 600 children in Ghazantarak village of Tajikistan’s remote Devashtich district. It helped create 64 additional seats through completing a construction and equipment of the two additional classrooms in the School No 51.

We are happy to update you on the most recent accomplishments and developments within this milestone initiative.

The project was initiated by the local community in Ghazantarak Village, which for years has faced a severe lack of seats in their secondary school No 51. The existing building had capacity for 360 students while in fact it had to accommodate around 554. This situation has only been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic and continued negatively affecting the quality of education. The classrooms were overcrowded and the teachers were not able to reach all students with their respective curricula in an effective manner.

With this in mind, in July 2020, the local community, guided by the local executive authorities of Devashtich District kick-started the construction of two additional classrooms with their own in-cash and in-kind contribution. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the community’s economic situation has worsened as the majority of local people are dependent on migrant remittances incoming from Russia mainly and other countries of the region. The 30,000 Tajik Somoni (equivalent to almost USD 3,000) of cash sufficed only to lay the foundation and erect the walls of the two classrooms and so the construction activities had to be put on hold. At this point, Mr Umarkhon Otakhonov, Head of the Local Neighborhood (the smallest unit of administration in the national system) approached our NGO with a request to help them with fundraising to complete the project. Given the dire need and high level of enthusiasm of the local community in advancing education, we have started the fundraising process by launching a campaign via GlobalGiving, as well as by reaching out to a broader donor community.

To ensure a transparent process for management of incoming donations, we created a project transparency committee, comprised of representatives from the local community, parents’ committee, school administration and the Head of the local neighborhood. The committee was engaged in the process of procurement of construction materials and responsible for quality supervision of the construction process.

Thanks to ensuring full transparency of the process, we mobilized TJS 143,000 (almost USD 13,000) from different sources, including USD 3,128 from our individual donors through GlobalGiving, USD 2000 from the Peshraft Charity in Tajikistan, USD 500 from Davronjon Okhunjonov and his friends, USD 500 from Shavkat Mamadjonov, USD 2960 from the German Embassy in Dushanbe, USD 1500 from Zeppelin Tajikistan, USD 400 from the Northern High School of Forest Hills Public School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, USD 1500 from the Devashtich District Local Executive Authorities, and USD 3000 (both in-cash and in-kind) from the local community. One of the most encouraging cases is that of Laura Teodore, a student from the Northern High School in the USA. She has approached our NGO herself, and based on our interview she has won the donations competition in her class and channeled the prize amount to our project.

Like in any project, we faced some challenges in the implementation phase as well. Prior to our engagement the School Administration and the Local Neighborhood Authorities assured us that they would ensure free labor contribution by the local community members and we would need to provide construction materials only. However, the quality supervision revealed that the community members, who agreed to install the roof boards free of charge, did their job with a poor quality. Our NGO reacted to this case immediately and after a series of discussions and negotiations with the school administration and local authorities, we reached an agreement on hiring qualified paid laborers to implement construction activities. Thus, the NGO Sadoqat has hired a qualified construction team leader, who was mandated to ensure quality construction by finding local qualitied builders and we were happy with his performance. Another challenge we faced in implementation of the project, was the weather conditions. While we launched the fundraising campaign, mobilized some donations and started the construction activities, winter arrived, and the unfavorable weather conditions (cold weather, snowfall) caused challenges in speedy implementation of construction works. We had to wait for months until the interior plastering would get dry to perform finishing activities. As a result, the project completed, and the classrooms were actually commissioned in March 2021. The official launch ceremony took place on April 27, 2021 with participation of representatives from the German Embassy in Dushanbe, Devashtich District Local Executive Authorities, Devashtich District Education Department, School No 51 Staff, local communities and students.

All in all, we used the mobilized funds to install roof boards, plastic windows and doors, as well as floor board, conducting finishing activities and equip the classrooms with 64 chair sets, two table and chair sets for teachers, electronic board, projector, a laptop and training aids. As a result, the project created 64 additional seats and thereby significantly improved access of the local children to quality education.

Additionally, Zira Media, a local media production company, has agreed to shoot a short video about the project for free in recognition of our efforts, which is published in our social media pages and here on the project page on GlobalGiving.

Finally, we would like to recognize the invaluable contribution of our true friends, particularly Rayyan Merchant from USA, who made both financial contribution as our recurrent donor (though he is a student himself), provided a great support in creating the website of our NGO at www.sadoqat.weebly.com, as well as helped promoting our project and our Organization, to help us mobilize more funds. Last but not least, we sincerely thank all of our distinguished donors from around the globe, who were with us in this process, having supported us both financially and through other means, including spreading the word about our initiative and re-sharing our posts and publications with their contacts and social media channels. We would not be able to accomplish this noble mission without your support.                                                                                                                            

Official Handover Ceremony with German Embassy
Official Handover Ceremony with German Embassy
students and teachers at the handover ceremony
students and teachers at the handover ceremony
Local Authorities thank the German Embassy
Local Authorities thank the German Embassy
teaching in the brand new classrooms
teaching in the brand new classrooms
Handover Ceremony Participants
Handover Ceremony Participants
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Public Organization 'Sadoqat'

Location: Istaravshan, Soughd - Tajikistan
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Twitter: @ngosadoqat
Project Leader:
Muhiddin Tojiev
Dushanbe, Soughd Province Tajikistan
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