Help the Afghan Children (HTAC) is a national and international non-governmental organisation working in Afghanistan, whose mission is to empower girls, boys and local communities by promoting innovative educational programs that enhance their lives and help them become productive citizens. The organisation accomplishes this by working with supporting partners to establish model community-based schools in different regions of Afghanistan that provide children with a strong and diverse curriculum, well-trained teachers, and a safe, clean learning environment; by delivering innovative learning programs that address emerging educational needs; and by investing in local communities that bring together and train community leaders, respected elders, parents, and other citizens to improve their capacities in peace-building and self-governance.
HTAC has extended its reach by working with and training leaders and members of civil society organisations in under-served regions in conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills. Training and development initiatives in Jouzjan, Saripul and Samangan provinces have directly involved over 2,000 leaders and group members (including 700 women), and have positively impacted an estimated 20,000 citizens in local communities. Using learned skills, leaders and local community members reported success at resolving long-standing conflicts both within and between various tribes.
HTAC, in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education, is establishing the country’s first national school-based peace education curriculum for Afghan public schools, grades 7 – 12, that will eventually benefit an estimated 4 million Afghan youths. This initiative is being piloted in several provinces and the programme has dramatically reduced fighting and other conflicts among youth as well as reducing corporal punishment practices among teachers.
Since its inception, HTAC has also provided humanitarian aid and emergency relief to over 1.7 million children and their families in refugee camps and under-served areas of the country. HTAC’s beneficiaries also include disabled male and female landmine survivors and communities where our landmine education program is being implemented. More recently, HTAC's beneficiaries have included civil society organisations in under-served regions where HTAC is implementing conflict resolution, peacebuilding and self-governance initiatives.