American University of Afghanistan To Construct Its First Women’s Dormitory
On October 28, 2015, American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) organized the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of its first 200-bed women’s dormitory building on its International Campus. The dormitory is a PROMOTE project funded by USAID.
The ceremony was attended by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah-CEO of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ambassador Michael Raynor - Assistant Chief of Mission of the United States to Afghanistan, Mr. Herbie Smith-USAID’s Mission Director to Afghanistan, Larry Sampler-Assistant to USAID’s Administrator, members of Kabul Provincial Council, and members of the Board of Trustees, senior leadership, faculty, administration, and students of the University.
The event commenced with welcoming remarks by Sultana Rahimi, a PROMOTE scholar and beneficiary of the women’s dormitory, followed by a recitation from the Holy Quran. Following, in his welcoming remarks, Dr. Mark A. English, President of AUAF, expressed his gratitude to the U.S. Embassy and USAID for their contribution to promote women’s education in Afghanistan.
"The construction of this dormitory represents yet another successful initiative to create a safe and secure learning environment for our female students," said Dr. English. "We are grateful for the continued support from USAID to help us fulfill and sustain our commitment to providing a quality education experience for all of our students."
Following Dr. English’s comments, H.E. Dr. Abdullah spoke about the importance of women’s education and thanked the U.S. government and people the United States for their support and dedication to the people of Afghanistan.
“The U.S. government and American people have helped Afghans tremendously, in all fields, but the most important field they have helped us in is education and this women’s dormitory is one of the best gifts they have given us," said Dr. Abdullah. "Thanks to the US government and its people."
During His speech, Ambassador Raynor talked about the brief history of USAID’s partnership with AUAF and the USAID support of the university in promoting the value of free expression, tolerance, mutual respect and women empowerment in Afghanistan.
“This institution will be a legacy demonstrating the cooperation between the Afghan and American people," said Ambassador Raynor. "We are breaking ground not just for a new building, but for hope and opportunity, for adventure and personal enrichment, and for the advancement of Afghan women."
Dr. Fayez, AUAF’s Founder, delivered the closing remarks emphasizing on the importance of educational institutions like AUAF for the future of Afghanistan and thanked the government and people of the United States for their continued support to Afghanistan. The ceremony ended with dignitaries breaking the ground at the construction site of the dormitory.
The $3.9 million Dollar project will be a three-story, 3,000-square meter, building for 200 women students with dormitory rooms, study areas, a lounge area, cafeteria, and a library. It is estimated to be completed in 2017.