A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Afghan Sister School Partnership

Through the sustained and dedicated work of parent volunteers and CFS staff members and students, the Afghan Sister School Partnership (ASSP) has engaged in a partnership with the Topchi Village School in Bamiyan, Afghanistan for over 15 years.

Crafted as a peaceful response to 9/11 and all that followed in the region, the partnership nurtures educational opportunities and cultural exchanges between our two school communities and supports the educational and material needs of our sister school. It is rooted in the belief that peace and education are the rights of children everywhere

Since 2004, approximately 3,000 pen pal letters and other exchanges have connected CFS and Topchi School, enabling students and teachers from both schools to glimpse lives very different from their own, while illustrating that they share many of the same interests, hopes, and dreams. We have made friends with numerous Afghans visiting our area, who have generously shared their time and valuable insights into the lives of our pen pals in Topchi Village.

Funds Raised

The project has raised $138,079, mostly through pizza lunch sales across the School. These funds have furnished classrooms, equipped playgrounds, provided a library and science lab, supplied computers, supported teacher training, repaired bathrooms and a water cistern, provided graduation gifts, and supported the letter exchange program.

Get Involved

The Afghan Sister School Partnership would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. If you are interested in joining the ASSP, please contact Amy Smoker: AmySmoker88@gmail.com.

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