South Tajikistan Youth Programmes

£3,000 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 5 months
Paul Sworde Teppa  Cage Green Ward, ENG
The Sworde-Teppa English & Education Centre, based in Qurghonteppa, has been supporting youth in southern Tajikistan (Khatlon Province) since 2005 though non-profit and non-denominational activities.


Khatlon Province, bordering Afghanistan, is the poorest region of Tajikistan. Sworde-Teppa is committed to supporting youth here with English language instruction, sports programmes, education in ecology & environment, health & hygiene, and tourism development.


Relying on funding and financial aid has always been precarious, with just one small revenue generation project (60% of English students pay full fees at $10 per month, with the rest having partial or no fees).


A new Education Centre is nearly finished in the town of Qubodiyon, near the Afghan border. Further funds are needed to finish the construction and pay for some ongoing costs (example: electricity, teacher salaries). This photo was taken during the early renovation phase:


The director, who is from England, does not have a salary, nor do any of the other foreign volunteers. There is no foreign headquarters, and no money is spent anywhere outside Tajikistan.

In 2016 we have only had on single donation for a total of $500 - far short of what Sworde-Teppa needs to function. We hope to collect sufficient funds by the end of 2016 to keep afloat.


Your donations will be used with 100% of funds being spent on programmes in Tajikistan. No funds will be used on foreign headquarters, airfare, foreign experts, hotels, expat salaries, etc...  Note: we have a mailbox and a bank account in England, but everything else is Tajikistan-based.

-Written by Christian B. (volunteer in 2009, 2014 and 2016)



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Update 7
Posted by Paul Marchant
2 months ago
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Hi there kind supporters and very many happy season's greetings to you all. We hope that you all have a great festive season and a well-earned rest.

I just wanted to update you all on our appeal. We set our modest target at 3,000 and we are not far away from it now. This was actually too modest, But we did not want to seem too greedy to people. We have used the funds so far for renovation work in our new youth centre in Qubodiyon and some minor renovation in our youth centre in Qurghonteppa. We have also purchased heaters for the centres, installed water in Qubodiyon, purchased fire safety equipment for Qubodiyon. At the same time, two of our kind supporters have visited us here in Tajikistan to see our work and how we have spent the funds so far, even assisting in purchases!

However, we still very much need your kind help to encourage others to support us. And here is why. We still need some 2,000 to finish our renovation work in Qubodiyon, in addition we are annually committed to raise funds for disabled children and orphans for this festive season. We need to raise funds for 300 children for clothes, shoes and a few games to keep them happy. These kids have little of their own and are often shut away in homes with no visitors or friends. Just the fellow orphans for company. We try and brighten up their lives at this time of year and we really need your help to do this.

Please can we appeal to you to encourage others to support our initiative and brighten up a few young lives this festive season.

Heart-felt thanks for your kindness and again the very best of seasons greetings from all at SWORDE-Teppa Tajikistan.
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Posted by Paul Marchant
2 months ago
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Hi wonderful SWORDE-Teppa supporters. The 30 of you who have contributed are all stars. But we do have some way to go to reach our target. I hope that those who have pledged to donate may find the time this festive season too and also encourage others. As well as finishing our youth and education centre, our original target) we also need your help in raising funds for our annual New Year support for orphans and disabled children. They need our help for winter clothes and shoes and maybe a few games and things to keep them happy and healthy through the winter period. So please think of helping us to help these dear children. Many sincere thanks to you all again and very best wishes for the Christmas period from all your friends at SWORDE-Teppa.
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Posted by Paul Marchant
4 months ago
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Hi Facebook 'friends'! Its Friday night again. What do you think? Maybe have one or two less drinks this weekend and instead donate to a really good cause, which will support many of thousands of people. We need you help so that we can install electricity and water and even a hygienic toilet for our education and youth centre in Qubodiyon, southern Tajikistan. You really can make a world of difference. Please support our campaign, especially those who have pledged but so far not had the time to donate. It is really important, So please think of our beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries. Big sincere thanks to you all.
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Posted by Paul Marchant
4 months ago
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Hi there, dear supporters. As you will have noticed we got to 51% of our target ten days ago, but since then it has been a bit silent. We are truly grateful to all the kind donors so far. They have been more than generous. However, for those who have not contributed, but would like to, we still need to get to our target. If all our kind international facebook friends just donated the price of two or three beers or wines, or RC colas, from their Saturday night out, we would reach our target and even surpass it in a second. And just think of all the people you would assist with this fine charitable gesture. We know that you would all like to contribute, but just haven't got round to it yet. If you can, please try and find the time and you really will make a big difference to thousands in Tajikistan. Many thanks for your wonderful support.
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£3,000 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 5 months
Created September 21, 2016
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Katharine Russell
2 months ago

Merry Christmas from Lake Country, BC Canada! :)

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2 months ago

Best of luck to you!

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Merry Christmas from Canada!

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The world needs more people like Paul Marchant.

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