Loyal to its project to educate and rehabilitate underprivileged street children in Kabul, in more than ten years of existence, Afghanistan Demain has made more than 3,000 children literate, enabled 1,700 of its students to return to school and provided 600 adolescents and young adults with professional qualifications.
THE STORY OF AFGHANISTAN DEMAIN
At the origin of Afghanistan Demain, there is the story of Ehsan Mehrangais, its founder, and Father Serge de Beaurecueil. The French Dominican moved to Kabul in 1968 to carry out research on Muslim mysticism, but overwhelmed by the situation of the children on the streets of Kabul, he opened his door to some of them. Thus, between 1968 and 1983, he took in and cared for about fifty children, among whom Ehsan Mehrangais was one, and put them back on their way to school.
After the Soviet invasion, Father de Beaurecueil and his "children" are in danger because they are considered as spies. Some of the children were even arrested and imprisoned. Serge de Beaurecueil must finally leave Kabul, just like Ehsan who takes refuge in France.
In 2001, with all eyes on Afghanistan, Ehsan returned to Kabul. Touched by the situation of many children forced to live on the streets of the city, just as he once did, he decided to bring the spirit of the Father's "House" back to life. Afghanistan Demain was born.
With the help of two of his former brothers, Razek and Issa, he opens family centres. These Padar houses (father in Dari, in homage to Serge de Beaurecueil, the Padar of the street children of Kabul) welcomed, between 2002 and 2010, permanently about fifteen boys aged 7 to 15 years old within a structure that reconstituted a family home.
The children were cared for inside this "large family" by an Afghan couple, assisted by a housekeeper who took care of household chores, and were raised according to the family pattern that prevails in Afghanistan. In addition to shelter, clothing, hygiene and health, this family structure provided them with a living environment that met their security, emotional and intellectual needs. The children attended public school in the mornings. When they returned home, an educator gave them remedial classes. They also studied in the evenings with their parents.
In 2003, the association opened, in parallel with the houses, a day centre for the education of street children who are not housed there but who are doing an accelerated apprenticeship to enable them to catch up on their schooling.
Progressively, the project is evolving and refocusing on its educational mission with the opening of two new centres and the closing of the last Padar house in 2010. Today, Afghanistan Demain has two day care centres that aim to protect children by meeting their basic needs, offering psychological support and social and economic integration. We wish to promote access to education and rehabilitation in the public education system, without forgetting to participate in their development through play, artistic and sports activities.
To protect these children, Afghanistan Demain also seeks to make their voices heard by informing and mobilizing the Afghan state and international opinion on their situation and needs.