ARYA was created by two young
Afghan cousins whose experiences with war in Afghanistan led them
to devise a way to help their countrymen at a distance. One cousin,
born and raised
in Kabul, was a refugee from the Communist regime and has been in
the United States for nearly 12 years. The other cousin, born in
Kohistan, Parwan province, attended school in Kabul and Mazar City
before leaving during the Taliban rule and has been in America for
less than 3 years.
The Youth and Children Development
Program (YCDP) was established by the latter cousin through work
with the UN. YCDP
is now registered and recognized by the government of Afghanistan
and has more than 3000 volunteer members throughout the country.
YCDP functions as ARYA’s on-site implementing partner in Afghanistan.
This unique partnership of two completely volunteer groups, ARYA
and YCDP, allows us to use 100% of donated monies for funding of
various projects rather than taking a percentage to pay overhead
costs here in the U.S.
Our collaboration also allows us to purchase goods
and materials needed for the various projects from local Afghan
merchants and to pay local people to perform the work for us. This
ensures that the money stays within the Afghan economy at different
levels and thus can benefit more people.
ARYA’s ultimate goal
is to establish vocational training projects that would be self-sustaining
and that could also
contribute funds for non self-sustaining projects. ARYA is truly
a unique organization at all levels and can continue only with the
help and generosity of our donors.