Afghanistan Rehabilitation and Educational Program "AREP"
is established in 1994 as an independent non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization. AREP's learning experience as a development organization comes from its working association with communities in different areas of Afghanistan. More importantly, the development and growth of the organization have been through an evolutionary process, in a continually war seeing crisis of a complex emergency situation in the country. While such a situation posed numerous challenges to AREP in implementing its programs, and fostering its own organizational growth, it also provided the organization with a rich experience of managing complex and diverse development issues.
In a war-torn country, understandably the beginnings were made through an educational publication project for children called "Maaref". The stated magazine was one of the useful and meaningful magazines for children and youth. It contained articles of health, education, drug awareness, legends of world, legends of Afghanistan, poetry, articles of students, jokes, questions and answers, Islamic education and introduction of schools and talented students. About 40,000 copies of the magazine were printed on bimonthly basis in Dari, Pashto and English for distribution in Afghanistan as well as in some parts of Pakistan to the refugees students.
For the past several years, AREP has been implementing integrated rural development and capacity development throughout Afghanistan as well as Peshawar, Pakistan. Deliveries of emergency and disaster mitigation have been an important part of AREP's undertakings in its humanitarian relief assistance programs.
However, the post-October 2001 event brought about market change in the social, political and economic conditions in Afghanistan and in the overall geo-political situation in the region. These changes particularly in the external environment have been so significant that it is considered necessary to draw fresh judgments of the organization's overall strategy.
AREP has implemented many complex projects in tens of Afghanistan’s provinces, despite the tough security situation. These are our substantial efforts to help Afghanistan make a permanent break with its troubled past. Yet there are many issues, which are beyond the capacity of communities, with the assistance of AREP or other aid agencies to address through traditional programs. AREP believes that vulnerable families should enjoy a basic level of livelihood security including food, healthcare, a place to live, education, a safe and healthy environment and the ability to participate in decisions affecting their families, community and country. AREP programs seek to help poor families obtain these basic human rights and focus on reconstruction and education.
AREP with having offices in different locations like Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Herat, Kunduz, Badakhsha, Kandahar, Paktia, Paktika consists of professional staff operating in different sectors including education and development activities.