Afghan Women's Education Project
The AWEP, Afghan Women’s Education Project, was started in 2010 to assist young Afghan women in receiving a college education in the United States. The project began when two eighteen-year-old women acting as volunteer interpreters for critically ill Afghan children being treated in the US, were hosted by American families in NC & Ohio. The young women were interested to learn about educational systems in the US, and with their host families, investigated the possibility of attending college in the US. It was during a visit to a community college in NC that the women learned about a special tuition arrangement available to foreign students.
The AWEP project took root when the two Afghan women’s American host families, interested friends and FIPE decided that it was important to help make a difference in these young women's lives through education. Both women are hopeful that they can one day return to Afghanistan and make a difference in the lives of others in their country.
By special arrangement through Central Piedmont Community College, the girls will attend Central Piedmont Community College for 2 years and then transfer to a four-year North Carolina state university for 2 years. As FIPE is registered as a 501C3 organization based in North Carolina, and by taking the AWEP under its 501C3 designation and sponsoring the Afghan students, FIPE provides the opportunity of paying in-state tuition for college, instead of the more expensive out-of-state tuition.
The Afghan Women's Education Project is committed to educating the women of Afghanistan. Beginning in 2011, two young women will attend college with your help. Our hope is to increase the number of women we can assist. Together, not only will we change the lives of these women, but the lives of a generation of Afghan women.
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