Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- November 25, 2002
Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Launches Drive To Aid
Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts has launched a fund-raising drive to aid
women at Kabul University in Afghanistan by helping to pay for the construction
of a campus day-care center there.
Inspired by the work of Cal Poly Ethnic Studies Professor Maliha Zulfacar,
a group of faculty, students and staff from Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts
is seeking to raise $13,500 to build, equip and staff a children's center at
the Afghan university. The group hopes to raise the money by the end of
Zulfacar is a native Afghan who taught at Kabul University before fleeing
the country and becoming a U.S. citizen. She has traveled to Afghanistan twice
during 2002 along with other expatriates at the request of the new Afghan
government, to help rebuild the country's education system after nearly a
decade of repressive Taliban rule. She has also made a documentary film of a
trip she took with an international women's rights delegation into the
country's northern war zone in the summer of 2000.
In her trips, the Cal Poly professor found women, banned from schools by
the Taliban, eager to return to schools and universities to continue their
"However, there is one immediate obstacle to the return of women
students, faculty, and staff to such university programs as are already
functioning or soon to be restored in Afghanistan," explained Susan
Currier, associate dean of Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts. "No
childcare is available to the women."
"Many of the women who want to return to Kabul University to study or
teach were widowed during Afghanistan's decades of conflict, Currier said.
"Most of them are sole caretakers of multiple children."
The Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts goal in mounting the fund-raising drive
is to enable women to study, teach and work as staff at Kabul University, and
to provide good care for the children of the university's students and employees.
"Kabul University has already designated a site for the children's
center, and we have already received our first contributions to the
fund," Currier said.
"Our goal for 2002-2003 is $13,500 to cover approximately $10,000
for materials and construction, $3,000 in staff salaries and $500 in books,
art supplies, blocks, games and other learning materials," she said.
The college has selected Give2Asia, a non-profit organization founded by The
Asia Foundation and headquartered in San Francisco, to administer its Kabul
University Children's Center Fund. Contributions to the fund are tax-deductible.
More information about the agency can be found at www.asiafoundation.org.
Give2Asia will acknowledge all contributions by check and will provide a receipt.
Donations may also be sent to the College of Liberal Arts, Cal Poly, San
Luis Obispo, CA 93407, and the college will forward them to Give2Asia.
For details on the Kabul University children's center fund-raising drive,
visit the College of Liberal Arts project Web site at
contact Terry San Filippo, public affairs coordinator for the college,
(805) 756-1216, Currier at (805) 756-2706, firstname.lastname@example.org.