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Teaching Digital Literacy to a Refugee Family from Afghanistan: Keemya's Story

As a proud and active member of sarbat, My last experiences with one of the families that we’ve helping has been extremely fulfilling and eye-opening. I am grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to actively help because of my ability to speak farsi and help communicate with the refugee family as much as possible, and it has been a wonderful experience.



I decided to donate an unused laptop of mine, and as I met the family for the first time, it was exciting to be able to see their situation and how much we can help them. Even though Pashto and Farsi are slightly different languages, I was still able to communicate with the sisters and get to know where they came from and who they are as individuals. After helping them set up an account starting off with the basics of learning english, they started opening up to us, and we were able to listen to great stories from where they came from in Afghanistan.



During the second visit, I was extremely proud of the sisters because of their immense progress as they began school. They were given laptops of their own from the school, and they could work the controls and use it to look at the classes. They said it has been difficult, however we gave them more tools such as a typing website and we began reading exercises that we will progress in our next meeting. Overall, I am very excited and grateful that I have this experience to help a kind and hard-working family, and I am looking forward to seeing more of their progress and meeting more people to help with this journey.



This post was written by sarbat member Keemya Razmgir and has been edited for length and clarity.


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