16 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-190

PRT soldiers support local education

FARAH CITY, Afghanistan - Sergeant Joseph Paoli from PRT Farah recently donated a trailer full of school supplies to the students at Third District School.

After seeing the poverty in Afghanistan first hand, Sgt Paoli began an informal organization entitled “Donations for Afghan Children.” Donations poured in from his mother’s friends and business associates, and from schoolchildren back home, touched by Sgt Paoli’s presentation to their class while he was home on holidays.

“I went to the school and did a slide show for them and showed them what it was like in Afghanistan, and how the kids their age went to school, and told them what they needed. I showed them the school that the funds from ISAF built in Pirkandar,” he says.

Yet another member of the PRT, Lieutenant Commander Mike Moran, received boxes of supplies to donate from his daughter Elizabeth, a sophomore at Widener University near Philedelphia. The seven large boxes containing pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, coloured markers, paper, folders, crayons and colouring books were distributed to the students at Regi Village School.

LCdr Moran and the Civil Affairs Team visited each classroom, talking about the importance of education, and questioning the students about their needs.

“Students sat on the floor and were making their best effort to learn the subject matter with very limited resources,” says Lt Cdr Moran. “They may have a stable structure but they continue to lack the basics of furnishings, textbooks and basic school supplies.”

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/