SOURCE: Ariana News

Indian Embassy said on Sunday it recently supplied assistance to the primary school students of Habibia High School in Kabul. The assistance included 500 units of winter clothing and more than 5,000 units of stationery kits (containing items like pen, pencils, eraser, sharpeners, white boards and markers, a press note said.

India has been associated with the Habibia High School in Kabul since 2002. The school was founded in 1903 by Amir Habibullah Khan. The 100-room school was extensively damaged during the 1990s. India took up the task of rebuilding the school in September 2003 and committed over $5 million for the restoration.

The then Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had jointly inaugurated the rehabilitated Habibia High School on 28 August 2005.
In 2016, Indian government decided to grant financial assistance of $1 million to Habibia High School in Kabul over a period of 10 years. The funds were allocated for the immediate civil repairs, replacement of electricity transformers and related works, modernisation programme, teachers training, upgradation of school laboratories and equipment, and annual routine maintenance.

Last year, Indian Technical Team visited Kabul and oversaw the Indian projects, including Habibia High School. During the team’s interaction with the school authorities, they were requested for assistance items. Based on the request and the requirements, India recently sent the winter-clothing and stationery item kits for the students of the Habibia High School.

Till date, India has supplied 40,000 tons of wheat assistance, 85 tons of medical assistance and 28 tons of disaster aid relief material. India has also partnered with UNODC in Afghanistan to provide humanitarian assistance for the welfare of the Afghan drug user population, especially females. Under this partnership, India has supplied 1,100 units of female hygiene kits and blankets to UNODC, Kabul. These items will be used by UNODC in their female drug rehabilitation camps across Afghanistan.