The Foundation's Projects
The Foundation’s primary goal is to help women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan.
We are developing programmes with special emphasis on providing education and incomes for women because we believe that these are most likely to create a positive lasting change for the country. We hope that the type of projects we fund demonstrate cultural sensitivity and provide employment for Afghan people wherever possible
Around 40% of Afghanistan’s population is under the age of 14 and one in 5 adult women have been widowed, which is why the Foundation chooses projects that will benefit the women and children who have been affected by decades of conflict.
As a small charity, we aim to spend your donations on small or medium sized projects where we can monitor the impact and ensure that the money gets through intact to the intended targets.
March 2014 - £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.
March 2014 - £1,000
Grant 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.
January 2014 - £9,375
The successful Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies was in danger of closing when they approached us at the end of 2013 due to a gap in their mainstream funding. We have funded scholarships for 100 young women for 10 months of training in English, communications and computing, enabling them to remain open.
February 2014 - £9,375
Help 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. A model school run using the Montessori education system and used as an example to train teachers from other orphanages across the country.
January 2014 - £7,500
Two month long summer schools, one for youth aged 18 to 25 and another for Pashto speakers and a series of weekly school based trainings for teachers. All 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.
January 2014 - £3,750
Another 3 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 it’s many homeless. 8 staff employed, LNF is sole funder.
December 2013 - £5,500
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.
November 2013 – £800
Continuation of annual scholarships for two girls aged ten from underprivileged backgrounds at a Hazara School in Kabul.
November 2013 - £6,110
Contribution towards the ongoing work of the charity Afghan Action who provide training for 17 apprentices and trainees learning sewing and tailoring with the intention of transforming the training unit into a self sustaining social enterprise company at the end of next summer.
October 2013 - £1,660
Scholarships for seven girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend the Heela Model School in Jalalabad.
October 2013 - £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.
Project funded by USAID.
October 2013 - £3,660
Another 3 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. Most of the 304 students are children who have missed school because of disruption during the civil war period. 8 staff employed, LNF is sole funder.
October 2013 - £2,550
Providing 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.
August 2013 - £8,840
The construction of two drinking water storage tanks for two communities in Balkh province providing a drinking water storage and supply for 3000 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.
August 2013 - £14,990
Providing pre school education and care to 390 vulnerable young children within 13 rural communities in Herat province. Particular emphasis has been placed on trying to ensure that the local communities will continue with the programme after the year is up. Working with UK charity Warchild.
August 2013 - £6,320
A one third share in the annual running costs of the “Window of Hope’ disabled children’s home in Kabul.
This was the home for which we provided bedding, curtains and toys as one of our very first projects. We are now funding the home as part of a joint funding initiative in conjunction with the Karen Woo Foundation and the UK based Afghan Professionals Network.
July 2013 - £9,680
Training eight young men for a year in skills to make efficient cook stoves, the evolvement of which was part funded last year. Create community nurseries growing trees and saplings in two villages to both train women in horticultural skills and also provide saplings for planting to redress environmental degradation resulting from overgrazing and firewood collection. Establish a demonstration ‘green school’ with nursery and botanical gardens providing employment for women and education for the children. Afghan Charity COAM based in Bamyan.
June 2013 - £6,450
Funding 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’ are for 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.
June 2013 - £6,450
Paying a years 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 the capacity of local Afghan staff.
June 2013 - £3,870
Another 3 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. 8 staff employed, LNF is sole funder.
June 2013 - £6,450
Training women in horticultural and textile skills to enable them to both earn a living and train others. All as an element of a ‘Trade Afghan’ project run by the charity Parsa.
March 2013 - £8,522
Part funding for the 2013 costs of running an orphanage in Jalalabad, where Linda was based, run by Afghan charity AFCECO
March 2013 - £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.
March 2013 - £15,000
The provision of 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 conjunction with Operation Mercy of Sweden.
March 2013 - £9,474
Continuation of our programme of funding daily lunches for 120 children at the Afghan Children’s Circus School throughout 2013
March 2013 - £2,533
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.
January 2013 - £615
This contribution will go towards establishing a new school for 900 girls in Badakshan. The school will educate girls not only in literacy and numeracy but will also provide vocational lessons in healthcare and sewing in a safe environment.
November 2012 - £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 she will deal with eight cases per 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.
November 2012 - £2,236
Marimba (a percussion instrument) for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, to be used by the youth orchestra at this music school in Kabul. 50% of the students are former street children who have been awarded scholarships.
November 2012 - £9,418
An emergency fund to provide support and often life-saving medical treatment for women and girls who live in rural areas following very serious but isolated cases of assault, rape and domestic abuse.
October 2012 - £13,767
Support to help children who live at 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.
October 2012 - £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. This will enable the women who attend the centre to learn how to start their own businesses or give them the confidence to go on to further education.
September 2012 - £18,837
A village literacy project for women and girls in villages in the Dara Valley in conjunction with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Following the success of the first year of this particular project the foundation has chosen to continue their support.
August 2012- £2,009
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.
July 2012 - £960
Scholarships for two girls aged nine from underprivileged backgrounds at a Hazara School in Kabul.
May 2012 - £780
Expenses for a volunteer who is working in Afghanistan helping to teach numeracy and accounting skills to local Afghans in Mazar e Sharif.
May 2012 - £9848
A project enabling 174 former street children under the age of 14 to stay in education together with the training of 60 staff members. Run by War Child. Read a case study from this project here
April 2012 - £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.
April 2012 - £9770
United Nations Environmental Programme Cooking stove project in partnership with the Conservation Organisation for the Afghan Mountains in Bamyan province enabling use of sustainable and clean fuel, reducing environmental damage and giving women a greener more efficient and safer method of cooking.
February 2012 - £10,000
Funding for a women’s only IT facility where students can study safely run in partnership with Afghan Support Education Training (ASET).
February 2012 - £21,207
Part-funding for a Children’s Rights Training Programme which encourages non-violent disciplinary methods through sessions with 1800 professionals including police, teachers, judges and social workers.
February 2012 - £8929
Year long project providing lunches at the Afghan Educational Children’s Circus. Encouraging attendance and allowing children a place of safety and fun where they learn about important issues such as drug misuse and landmine awareness.
February 2012 - £9232
Counselling for women at a safe house where some of the worst reported cases of abuse are offered shelter.
January 2012 - £5000
Payment for several operations for sick children at the Medical House Children’s Hospital in Kabul.
November 2011 - £346
Delivery of toys to a children’s Medical house which provides accommodation, food and surgery for some of the poorest families in Afghanistan.
November 2011 - £9,496
A truck of emergency supplies – food, clothes and equipment – to a struggling orphanage in Faizabad, north east Afghanistan.
October 2011 - £15,000
Financing a medical and midwifery programme in the Wakhan Corridor of NE Afghanistan. Medical treatment will be provided in 15 villages in this area, and vaccinations given for polio and measles, BCG and DTP in 28 villages. Women especially will be trained in birth life-saving skills. Delivery on the ground provided by Scandinavian charity, Operation Mercy.
October 2011 - £1,200
A set of warm clothes for each of the children in the children’s home in Kabul and winter curtains and wood to help keep their rooms cosier over the cold winter months.
Second batch of toys for Children’s Home delivered, paid for in June 2011.
September 2011 - £11,025
Provision of furniture and equipment for a Transitional Care Centre, a “Safe House” which provides protection and rehabilitation for abused and exploited women and children.
August 2011 - £14,975
Community supported women’s literacy projects and libraries in remote communities in eastern Afghanistan. This is a jointly funded scheme in conjunction with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.
July 2011 - £432
Building of 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.
July 2011 - £313
Chicken coop and 10 chickens to supplement nutrition for kids in disabled children’s home, Kabul.
June 2011 - £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 to be provided to other guides over the winter months.
June 2011 - £1,385
Toys for children’s home in Kabul to provide sensory stimulation for disabled kids.
April 2011 - £97
Footballs, cricket sets and eggs for children from widows home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
April 2011 - £1,925
Provision of 10 locally made beds together with mattresses and pillows for disabled children’s home in Kabul, where previously they were sleeping on a concrete floor.