The number of students attending school increases every year. In the past 10 years many children have been born and are enrolled to schools now. Even though the students are taught in two or even three shifts there are never enough tables and benches for them (although they are sitting 3 to a bench). From time to time we receive lists in which the education offices have noted down their needs, however, our funds are not enough. In the past years we could manage to provide 450 tables and benches yearly which were manufactured by local carpenters and handed over to the schools.
During our visits we noticed, however, that in every school broken tables and benches are stored. Now you need to know that it is almost impossible to destroy school furniture even if it is completely unusable. It is school or government property and the school would need permissions from the ministry in Kabul to maybe sell the wood or use it for heating but it is impossible to get such a permission.
For some time, schools took some few tables and benches to a carpenter employed by us who repaired them. But in 2013 and 2014 we sent carpenters to the schools. This year they repaired around 1600 benches and 1500 tables.