Every little helps. That’s what we’ve found from eight years of supporting numerous small projects and individuals, where we can see the results and you can be sure that your donations are being put to good use.
On this page you can see just how your money is spent each year.
£6,860 to SCAWNO, an Afghan educational charity, operating on a shoestring in a run-down area of Kabul. They run run classes (above) for children not attending school, after-school classes for those who do, and also provide training in tailoring for widows and single mothers enabling them to make a small income.
£8,490 towards our Medical Scholarship Programme.
- £6,450 to Global Partners to run a health education project in the Wakhan Corridor aimed at getting people to use their toilet rather than the open ground around their villages.
- £1,950 to Womanity. This was the final payment of a four-year programme providing books for rural school libraries.
- £230 to Nahida, an exceptionally bright girl who received a partial scholarship to attend a prestigious Afghan-Turk school in the north but whose family were struggling to provide their contribution.
£5,310 to the Chaharde Ghorband Beekeeping Co-op to allow 23 women to earn a sustainable income with two new beehives.
£5,280 to the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children, funding annual circus festivals (above) across Afghanistan.
£7,350 to SCAWNO. A further six month’s funding, following payment given in March.
£2,420 divided between our 61 university scholarship students. All received $50 cash gifts to mark Eid, a celebration following the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. Some donors might not wish for their contributions to be spent like this, but several Trustees wanted to give some light and ease to the often harsh existence of the students and provided the funds themselves.
£21,430 towards our medical scholarship programme enabling 33 women to study to become doctors.
£10,140 to La Chaine de L’Espoir for life changing surgeries for nine children and two women.
£11,260 towards the Gawharshad Scholarship programme. The funds that you donated enabled 38 women to study for degrees in law, economics and business studies. Annual tuition fees are £295 which we consider to be good value for money.
£1,939 allowed seven girls from poor families to attend Heela Model School in the conservative town of Jalalabad.
£77. It’s a measure of how hand-to-mouth some of the students’ finances are that this small one-off payment meant Husnia could continue with her studies at Gawharshad when a relative was unable to provide funds for food and lodging at the start of the autumn term.
£540 allowed two girls to continue their studies at the Afghan-Turk school.
£4,000 towards the construction of a new rural school to be built by Afghan Connection in rural Takhar province.
£5,041 allowed 15 destitute orphan girls to get off the streets and attend a school in Kandahar city.
£4,580 enabled five female graduates to receive further industry standard IT training, facilitating entry into a male-dominated employment sector.
£3,113 paid for the ‘last brick in the wall’ required to finance the 2017 Afghanistan National Juggling Championship, with Festival events and shows in 5 Regions.
£380 grant to Razia, one of our Gawharshad scholarship students whose brother, the only wage-earner in the family, was blown up by a suicide bomber. Our contribution helped to keep the family afloat until they could work out a way forward.
£9,263 for scholarships allowing 37 women to study for degrees in law, economics, and business at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education.
£12,030 in fees for 20 women training to become doctors.
£2,279 in continuing support for seven girls from poor families attending the Heela Model School in Jalalabad.
£7,000 supporting the charity Concern to improve standards in rural schools in the Takhar region.
£4,898 to enable a women’s medical centre in a poor district of Kabul to stay operational (right). Run by French charity Afghanistan Libre.
£7,000 grant towards the cost of running Window of Hope, the home for children with disabilities in Kabul. This will be our last grant after seven years of support, their parent organisation having recently obtained charity status in the US. We believe that they can now manage without our help, but we will continue to monitor how well they cope.
£7,665 for another six months’ funding for the SCAWNO school for poor children and widows in a run- down district of Kabul.
£7,577 for continued support to young women’s mountaineering training project, covering costs associated with the girl’s volunteering commitments. This year two climbed to 18,000 feet, breaking the altitude record for female nationals and so changing perceptions of what is possible for Afghan women.
£2,508 in emergency funding for three kindergartens in Kunduz city whose supplies were destroyed when Taliban over-ran the city in 2016.
£5,678 for a clean water, hygiene and sanitation project in 10 villages in the Wakhan Corridor.
£6,107 in fee scholarships to eight young women training to become doctors.
£8,186 for 6 months’ funding for SCAWNO.
£2,213 annual contribution to allow Womanity to provide libraries in girls’ schools in rural Afghanistan.
£7,070 for a project, managed by Serve Afghanistan, to improve the business skills and access to markets for existing business women in three provinces.
£5,600 grant to Christian Aid to equip more than 80 Afghan women with the tools and skills needed to generate a good income from silk worm rearing, spinning and silk weaving.
£11,303 grant to Healthprom for the excavation from solid rock of the final two, out of our programme of ten, drinking water tanks in the Qaraghage area of Balkh province. Providing safe drinking water to remote villages and reducing the mortality of infants.
£8,437 to fund the travel and surgeries of ten poor children from rural areas at the French hospital ‘La Chaine de l’Espoir’ including accommodation for them and their families at the Children’s medical house.
£4,059 for business training and contributions towards the cost of additional hives for women in the Bamyan Beekeeping co-operative.
£2,106 school fees for 7 girls from poor families at the Heela Model School in Jalalabad.
£7,000 ongoing support towards the cost of running Window of Hope, the home for children with disabilities in Kabul.
£5,124 half yearly payment for scholarships for nine potential female doctors.
£11,344 for 39 scholarships to enable women to study for degrees in law, economics and business at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education.
£10,000 – two thirds of the funds required to provide an all-weather sports pitch for the Aschiana School for Street Children in Kabul. Previously a dust bowl in summer and mud bath in winter, this allows all year round sports and also provides an income from pitch rental to other clubs.
£11,214 – six months support for SCAWNO, part funded by the sale of their calligraphy in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
£6,806 for a women’s empowerment programme run by Ascend where young Afghan women gain mountaineering skills and undertake volunteering activities within their own communities.
£5,476 for an emergency fund, managed by Women for Afghan Women based in Kabul, to pay for surgery and the ongoing care of women and girls following the most extreme forms of violence and sexual abuse.
£1,570 for gifts to all 46 of our sponsored students to buy necessary books and to provide some extra help for young women living on extremely tight budgets. Funded by some of our trustees.
£4,700 for scholarships for seven female students to continue studying medicine at university.
£6,430 – a second payment to UK charity WarChild for kindergartens for children in Herat district and training for women in agricultural to help them generate an income and become self-sustaining.
£7,100 for solar panels, batteries and wiring to replace noisy, polluting, expensive-to-run mobile generators at the Khajeeda Kubra girls’ college in Kandahar.
£1,875 – annual contribution to allow Womanity to provide libraries in girls’ schools in rural Afghanistan.
£4,500 – empowering 1,500 poor Afghan women living along the ancient Silk Route to increase their income and develop a sustainable livelihood through a silk production project run by Christian Aid.
£ 9,748 – biannual funding for SCAWNO and additional funding to insulate their Judo hall against the temperatures of the Afghan winter.
£10,000 funding for Operation Mercy to improve maternal mortality rates through a project improving basic knowledge, first aid and hygiene surrounding pregnancy for both women and men in North Eastern Afghanistan.
£184 for Christmas presents for the recipients of our medical scholarship, directly funded by donations from two trustees.
£1,090 for Christmas presents for the 39 recipients of scholarships to the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, directly funded by donations from two trustees.
£315 for prizes for the six LNF scholarship students achieving top scores at Gawharshad.
£2,795 for continuation of scholarships for seven female medical students.
£3,728 to supply the women’s Beekeeping Cooperative in Bamiyan province with a van to reduce costs and gain access to women in more remote locations.
£1,559 continued funding of seven under-privileged girls attending the Heela Model School in Jalalaba.
£11,914 to pay the salaries of Afghan staff developing online educational resources for teachers, including an online library, in partnership with CW4WAfghan.
£4,531 scholarship funding for 39 poor female students studying law, economics or business at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education.
£9,360 to construct kandas, or water tanks, in a rural area of northern Afghanistan, working through HealthProm. This follows the success of an earlier scheme.
£10,000 towards the Window of Hope orphanage for 12 children with disabilities.
£5,848 continued scholarships for 39 poor female students to allow them to attend the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education for a degree.
£9,138 six-monthly funding for SCAWNO for classes for kids in a poor area of Kabul. The classes include literacy, the Koran, art and calligraphy, IT, judo, and also tailoring skills for women.
£4,390 for the Khadeeja Kobra women’s centre in Kandahar, a city where women are particularly disadvantaged.
£10,111 emergency help for the Afghan Children’s Circus to cover a funding gap and allow them to keep operating until they receive promised donations from more mainstream funders.
£10,000 for teaching improved farming methods in a region often affected by food crisis, training women from the poorest households in trades to support themselves and creating self-help groups in two of Afghanistan’s poorest provinces. Run through UK based charity, Concern.
£6,814 for travel and surgeries for ten poor children from rural areas at the French hospital La Chaine de l’Espoir, including accommodation for them and their families at the Children’s Medical House in Kabul.
£1,660 additional help to SCAWNO to rent much needed extra space for classes.
£6,430 part-funding for 18 early childcare and development centers in Herat district where more than 1,000 children benefit; provision of 18 community greenhouses for nutrition and to generate additional income to help women become self-supporting. Working through War Child.
£8,100 for a further six months’ funding for SCAWNO (Support Children & Afghan Women in Need Organization).
£1,785 – the first payment in a four year programme managed by Womanity which will result in libraries being established in 12 girls’ schools, both in Kabul and rural areas.
£8,766 to pay for one third of the running costs of the Window of Hope home for children with disabilities.
£6,700 – 60% funding towards the cost of operations for 10 poor children in the French children’s hospital in Kabul.
£1,275 to pay overdue teachers’ salaries for English language classes for women in Khost Province, a mountainous area near to the Khyber pass and the border with Pakistan. This area is both insecure and lacks educational opportunities for females.
£510 – a half year’s tuition fees for Shariwar Khwahany to allow her to continue studying to be a doctor
£7,750 for six months of funding for the SCAWNO initiative. An Afghan run charity, SCAWNO provide training in calligraphy and art, computing, tailoring skills, Koran instruction, and a very popular judo club. Located in a poor area of Kabul with many homeless people, the initiative employs eight staff and LNF is the sole funder.
£11,460 for the digging out of three kandas, or water tanks, in a rural area of northern Afghanistan last year. Working through Healthprom.
$500 cash donation given to Mariam Adel to continue her studies at medical school. We are paying for half the cost of her fees, the other half is being given by CW4WAfghan.
$10,000 for Trade Afghan project run by Parsa and first supported by the Foundation in June 2013.
$7,726 for further scholarships for girls to study at Gawharshad – seven are in their second year of receiving a scholarship and there are 10 new students
£18,200 received from USAID and passed directly to our implementing partners Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan for the ongoing Afghanistan Reads! women’s literacy and community library project.
£7,300 Funding for GERES, a French charity specialising in improving the energy efficiency of housing in Kabul and the associated impact on the environment. Families receive 10-30% of the cost of construction of solar verandas which drastically reduce their heating costs and available space. This indirectly but very strongly impacts on the well being of children and women confined to the house.
£30,300 receipt from USAID and matching payment to CW4WAfghan for the third milestone of the Afghanistan Reads! project, which was for the establishment of 50% of the libraries – although we’ve actually established just about all of the libraries now.
£12,000 – a grant to COAM, an Afghan-run charity focusing on environmental work in the mountains south of the remote city of Bamiyan. Following the success of the project funded last year to introduce a more efficient and safe cook stove to the villagers in the area, this year we are funding a ‘seeds for seeds’ programme where women collect seeds from wild rangeland plants. These are then exchanged for vegetable seeds, tools, training and support to establish village kitchen gardens and tree nurseries, while the rangeland seeds will be used to regenerate degraded areas of grazings.
£3,750 – another 3 months of funding for the SCAWNO initiative, an Afghan run charity. SCAWNO provides training in calligraphy and art, computing, tailoring skills, Koran instruction, and a very popular judo club. Located in a poor area of Kabul with many homeless people. LNF is the sole funder of the initiative, which employs eight staff.
£92,000 – the second payment to our partners for the Afghanistan Reads! women’s literacy and library project undertaking work in both rural and urban locations throughout the country. Project funded by USAID.
£1,000 frant to the UK based charity ASET towards a school construction project. Each £1 we gave was matched by £9 from the German government and our grant enabled ASET to reach the funding total required for the end of March.
£9,375 towards the operating costs of the House of Flowers orphanage in Kabul which gives both a refuge and an education to the children who live there. It is a model school using the Montessori education system and is used as an example to train teachers from other orphanages across the country.
£9,375 – the successful Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies was in danger of closing due to a gap in their mainstream funding when they approached us at the end of 2013. We have funded scholarships for 100 young women for 10 months of training in English, communications and computing, enabling them to remain open.
£6,500 towards the building of a brick wall running through a school to separate boys from girls, without which girls would not be allowed the opportunity of an education. Located in the village of Shin Kalay in Helmand province, this school is the major project of the Afghan Appeal Fund, a UK based charity mainly supported by the defence personnel who were stationed in the area and their families.
£9,000 funding for the US based charity Amorelief, which runs a medical outreach programme offering clinic and midwifery services in five of the poorest districts in Kabul where security is uncertain and no medical care exists. Our funds pay the wages of the three midwives included within the team of six.
£7,500 for two month-long summer schools, one for youth aged 18 to 25 and another for Pashto speakers, and a series of weekly school-based training for teachers. All the training is in storytelling skills, so important in a country with high levels of illiteracy, involving traditional Afghan stories and run by the Italian charity Plain Ink.
£3,750 – another three months of funding for the Scawno initiative, an Afghan run charity. Scawno provide training in calligraphy and art, computing, tailoring skills, Koran instruction, and a very popular judo club. Located in a poor area of Kabul with many homeless people. Eight staff are employed, and LNF is the sole funder.
£5,500 for Afghan Connection’s Rasool Shaheed School building project. Our donation put them over 50% towards their funding target at the start of 2014 and was doubled by National Geographic magazine.
£800 for continuation of annual scholarships for two 10-year-old girls from underprivileged backgrounds at a Hazara School in Kabul.
£6,110 contribution towards the ongoing work of the charity Afghan Action. They provide training for 17 apprentices and trainees in sewing and tailoring. It is intended for the training unitto become a self sustaining social enterprise in 2014.
£1,660 for scholarships for seven girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the Heela Model School in Jalalabad.
£89,630 – the first of five payments to our partners for the Afghanistan Reads! women’s literacy and library project undertaking work in both rural and urban areas. Project funded by USAID.
£3,660 for another 3 months of funding for the Scawno initiative. An Afghan run charity, Scawno provides training in calligraphy and art, computing, tailoring skills, Koran instruction, and run very popular judo club. Most of the 304 students are children who have missed school because of disruption during the civil war period. Eight staff are employed, and LNF is the sole funder.
£2,550 to provide 10 months of English language classes for 60 women in Khost Province, a mountainous area near to the Khyber pass and the border with Pakistan. This area is both insecure and lacks educational opportunities for females.
£8,840 for the construction of two drinking water storage tanks for two communities in Balkh province. They will supply for 3,000 villagers. The tanks will be excavated from solid limestone by local men. The project is one element in a programme by Healthprom, a UK based charity, aimed at reducing maternal and child deaths. Children under five are particularly vulnerable to infection from waterborne diseases.
£14,990 Providing pre school education and care to 390 vulnerable young children in 13 rural communities in Herat province. Particular emphasis is on trying to ensure that the local communities will continue with the programme after the year is up. Working with UK charity Warchild.
£6,320 This covers one third of the annual running costs of the Window of Hope disabled children’s home in Kabul. We are funding the home as part of a joint initiative with the Karen Woo Foundation and the UK based Afghan Professionals Network. We provided bedding, curtains and toys for this home as one of our very first projects.
£9,680 grant to Afghan Charity COAM, based in Bamyan. This will pay for a range of projects, including the training of eight young men for a year to make efficient cook stoves, and training women in horticulture. Community nurseries will be created in two village to provide saplings for planting to redress environmental damage resulting from overgrazing and firewood collection. A ‘green school’ with nursery and botanical gardens will be established to provide employment for women and education for the children.
£6,450 for operations for nine girls from rural areas of Afghanistan, including accommodation for the family travelling with them at the Children’s Medical House in Kabul. The operations at the French hospital La Chaine de l’Espoir include surgery to repair cleft lip and pallet for three girls, orthopaedic operations for two hip dysplasia and clubfoot for three girls, and life saving heart surgery for one girl.
£6,450 for a year’s wages for a psychosocial advisor based at the Hagar women’s safe house in Kabul who will provide professional training and support to increase the skills and capacity of local Afghan staff.
£3,870 for another three months’ funding for the Afghan run charity Scawno who provide training in calligraphy and art, computing, tailoring skills, Koran instruction, and a very popular judo club. Most of the 304 students are children who have missed school because of disruption during the civil war period. Eight staff are employed and LNF is the sole funder.
£6,450 Training women in horticultural and textile skills to enable them to both earn a living and train others. This is part of a ‘Trade Afghan’ project run by the charity Parsa.
£8,522 Part funding for the 2013 costs of running an orphanage in Jalalabad, where Linda was based, run by Afghan charity AFCECO.
£3,947 Another 3 months funding of classes for poor kids in Kabul learning judo, Islamic studies, elementary computing, English, dressmaking, calligraphy and painting. All run on a tight budget by the tiny Afghan charity Scawno.
£15,000 for medical clinics, training of community health workers, a vaccination programme and birth life-saving skills training, all in the Wakhan corridor in the extreme northeast. All in partnership with Operation Mercy of Sweden.
£9,474 to continue our programme of funding daily lunches for 120 children at the Afghan Children’s Circus School throughout 2013.
£2,533 for scholarships for six poorer rural girls to study law for their first year at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Learning in Kabul. Also a class prize of $250 for the best academic performance of 2013.
£615 towards establishing a new school for 900 girls in Badakshan. As well as educating girls in literacy and numeracy, the school will also provide vocational lessons in healthcare and sewing in a safe environment.
Watch an interview with Omid, one of the former street children in Herat who have been helped to stay in school by the Linda Norgrove Foundation and War Child.
£15,923 Provision of free legal aid for women and girls who have suffered abuse in Herat, western Afghanistan. A female defence lawyer who specialises in family law has been recruited and will deal with eight cases a month, in addition to providing consultancy services with the help of a project assistant. This programme provides comfort and legal representation to women who have suffered abuse and would otherwise not have access to justice.
£13,767 to support the House of Flowers orphanage in Kabul. This home gives both refuge and educational support to the children who live there. This is a model school run using the Montessori education system and is used as an example to train teachers from other orphanages across the country.
£10,000 A donation to Afghan Action’s Training and Business Incubation Centre in Kabul. This centre provides vocational skills, training in carpet weaving and tailoring, education, on-site healthcare and a meal each day for the women who attend. This enables the women to learn how to start their own businesses or give them the confidence to go on to further education.
£18,837 for a village literacy project for women and girls in villages in the Dara Valley in conjunction with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. The Foundation is continuing its support following the success of the first year of this project.
£2,236 for a marimba (a percussion instrument) for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, to be used by the youth orchestra at this music school in Kabul. Half of the students are former street children who have been awarded scholarships.
£9,418 An emergency fund to provide support and often life-saving medical treatment for women and girls in rural areas following very serious but isolated cases of assault, rape and domestic abuse.
£2,009 for scholarships for five primary school girls whose families are unable to afford their fees at the Heela Model School in Jalalabad for one year. This grant covers tuition, uniform, transport and all costs associated with attending the school.
£780 to cover expenses for a volunteer who is working in Afghanistan helping to teach numeracy and accounting skills to local people in Mazar e Sharif.
£960 for scholarships for two 9-year-old girls from underprivileged backgrounds at a Hazara School in Kabul.
£9,848 for a project run by War Child that enables 174 former street children under the age of 14 to stay in education, and the training of 60 staff members. Read about Omid, who dreams of becoming a doctor.
£11,138 Part-funded x-ray machine at Kabul’s CURE hospital which gives people living in rural communities better medical treatment by enabling second opinions from doctors worldwide.
£9,770 for a UN Environmental Programme cooking stove project in partnership with the Conservation Organisation for the Afghan Mountains in Bamyan province. The project will enable use of sustainable and clean fuel, reducing environmental damage and giving women a greener, more efficient and safer method of cooking.
£10,000 for a women-only IT facility where students can study safely; run in partnership with Afghan Support Education Training (ASET).
£21,207 Part-funding for a children’s rights training programme that encourages non-violent disciplinary methods through sessions with 1800 professionals including police, teachers, judges and social workers.
£8,929 for a year long project providing lunches at the Afghan Educational Children’s Circus. This encourages attendance and allows children a place of safety and fun where they learn about important issues such as drug misuse and landmine awareness.
£9,232 Counselling for women at a safe house where victims of some of the worst reported cases of abuse are given shelter.
£5,000 for several operations for sick children in Kabul.
£1,385 for toys for a children’s home in Kabul (above) to provide sensory stimulation for children with disabilities. And £1,925 for 10 locally made beds, along with mattresses and pillows, where previously the children were sleeping on a concrete floor. Read more about how your donations helped these children.
£9,496 for a truck load of emergency supplies – food, clothes and equipment – to a struggling orphanage in Faizabad, north east Afghanistan.
£346 for toys for a children’s medical house that provides accommodation, food and surgery for some of the poorest families in Afghanistan.
£1,200 for warm clothes for each of the children in the children’s home in Kabul, and winter curtains and wood to help keep their rooms warm over the cold winter months.
£11,025 for furniture and equipment for a transitional care centre, a ‘safe house’ that provides protection and rehabilitation for abused and exploited women and children.
£14,975 for community supported women’s literacy projects and libraries in remote communities in eastern Afghanistan. This is a jointly funded scheme with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.
Read more about this work.
£15,000 for a medical and midwifery programme run by Swedish charity Operation Mercy in the Wakhan Corridor of north east Afghanistan. Medical treatment will be provided in 15 villages, and vaccinations for polio, measles, TB and DTP will be given in 28 villages. Women will also be trained in birth life-saving skills.
£313 for a chicken coop and 10 chickens to supplement nutrition for children with disabilities at a children’s home in Kabul.
£3,486 grant for tents and equipment to enable a business start-up in the Wakhan Corridor, northern Afghanistan where tourism is one of the only sources of income. This grant will also provide English lessons for guides over the winter months.
£432 to build a bread oven at a widows’ home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Foundation has also supplied firewood and flour. This project will help improve nutrition and it will also provide a small income supplement.