As recently noted in the Toronto Star, Government of Canada funding for the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) is set to end on February 28th, 2011. Without renewed funding, the ACCC will need to take urgent steps to cut costs: we will need to lay off teachers and close classes, closing the door on higher education for many brave Afghan women.
A cut-back of the ACCC would be a huge loss to the women of Kandahar, the nation of Afghanistan and the Canadian taxpayer. Dollar for dollar, the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA’s) investment in the ACCC has been one of the most effective development projects in Kandahar province. As a result of Government of Canada support, the ACCC has more than 2,000 students and graduates and more than 4,000 total beneficiaries.
With a further investment of $650,000 and a new facility, we can bring the ACCC to the point where it will not need further government support. This is a small price to pay to ensure a lasting legacy for sacrifices made by Canadians in Kandahar.
To help, please write your Member of Parliament (MP) and express your support for the Afghan-Canadian Community Center.