We have 40 amazing talented young female musicians in our orphanages. Please join in this chance to nurture something so positive in our children and consequently Afghanistan.


    Please consider purchasing one of these very expressive and unique works of art produced by our very own students from the orphanages. You can also make a donation to the Art Program.


    Sports have become a major element to our children’s program. For our Girl’s Football Team, we have a trainer from the Afghan national soccer team working with our students at the American University field.


    For 13 years children coming from poverty and violence have lived together in orphanages that are bastions of true democracy, places where everyone is equal.

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Move Campaign ended with huge success!

Dear Friends,

We are extremely happy and excited to announce that our Matching Donor Campaign ended with tremendous success. The result was very encouraging and beyond our expectation. Our original goal was to raise up to $25,000 and match all the money received prior to June 16th and we received a total of $27,132, which made the tally: $54,264

On behalf of all children and AFCECO staff, I would like to extend my utmost appreciation for your contribution toward making this fundraising campaign such a huge success. You’ve become an inspiration to all our children who we hope will one day be willing to take the torch of education and continue our efforts in the years to come.

And now, it is time to announce our Matching Donor, a sponsor from Florida who was the driving force behind this campaign and she is our very own Terry Cardwell. I must say that no words of gratitude can possibly express how grateful our children are to her for all the help that she given to our orphanages for more than a decade.

The New Mehan Orphanage is now in full swing with flowers blooming all around the beautiful green yard. We have increased our security measures even further, constructed a bullet-proof safe room and hired more security guards. The new building is now better protected against all kinds of threats.

Warmest regards,

Andeisha Farid, Founder & Chairperson of AFCECO

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May Newsletter

Volunteer musicians from Australia and Scotland performing for student.

This year again we were very much honored that the Memory Project staff decided to do the portraits for AFCECO children. Many musicians from all over the globe come to volunteer at schools each year and most of them get to visit our orphanages since a major portion of the students are from AFCECO. In addition to the music performance the children played games and dance with their teachers. Graham, a volunteer teacher from Scotland tried to teach Scottish dance to the children and the children tried to teach him Afghan dance which was all fun.

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About US

Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) is an Afghan non-profit organization founded by Andeisha Farid, an Afghan native whose dream was to come up with an innovative way to help vulnerable Afghan children. This noble mission began in 2003 when she established a safe house for 20 street children who couldn’t afford going to school. This small shelter soon turned into a well-established orphanage when AFCECO started a sponsorship program that allowed individuals from around the world to go online and sponsor Afghan children. As a result one orphanage opened after another and expanded to 12 orphanages , caring for over 700 children. Unfortunately, the orphanages were badly affected by the global financial crisis that resulted significant decrease in sponsorship and AFCECO had to close many orphanages.

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Our Values

AFCECO’s aim is to bring up the next generation of Afghan citizens, so badly affected by three decades of war, and to help them grow into strong, productive, thoughtful members of society. The girls and boys in AFCECO’s orphanages are taught tolerance, respect for diversity, environmental sensitivity, respect for the rights of others, and strong values of integrity, honesty and caring.

AFCECO Teaches:

>Promote respect for the differences between human beings and an understanding that all human beings don’t have to think alike.

>Respect freedom of thought and avoid imposing one’s ideas on others arbitrarily.

>That freedom has real meaning only with justice and democracy.

>There is no difference between people; no human being is superior to any other because of class, color, language, race, or religion.

>Respect all religions and their followers.

>Understand that religion is a private matter that cannot be forced on anyone else and nobody should be allowed to misuse it for any end,

>No human being is better than any other because of gender.

>A culture of peace is not possible if it does not promote conservation of the environment.

>Encourage a respect for the value of life and implement it in their lives.

>Encourage eagerness in understanding the ideas of others.

>Promote the understanding that everyone, regardless of where they live is part of the bigger family.

>Encourage listening to the ideas of others.

>Respect teamwork and focus on the success of common goals.

>Encourage work for world peace and make peace a priority over conflict.

>Promote peace by learning other countries’ cultures, and learn that living in peace and harmony is the only right way for human beings.

Our Programs

AFCECO runs various programs for children within the framework of its orphanages. Due to the poor standard of public schools, AFCECO augments the short school day with a plethora of extracurricular classes. Physical fitness of the children has also been one of AFCECO’s top priorities, AFCECO also has girls’ soccer teams that participate in nationwide tournaments. AFCECO provides the children with healthcare through clinics it has established within the orphanages. 40 girls and boys from AFCECO orphanages are in Afghanistan National Institute of Music where they learn professional.

Our Programs are Include:

>Child Sponsorship Program

>Children Artwork

>Music Team

>Youth Leadership Academy

>eCoaching Program

>Athletic Program

Our Orphanages

Orphanage Children

When we hear the word orphanage, for most of us cavernous halls with rows of straw mattresses come to mind, cold and embattled attendants who have grown indifferent to crying, and dirty fingernails, soiled sheets, and lice-ridden hair. Whenever anyone visits an AFCECO orphanage, the first thing they notice is how clean it is and how happy the children are. It is as NBC’s Brian Williams aptly noted, “a haven for Afghan children”, not so much a place sheltering orphans and giving them food, as it is a place where a new generation of progressive Afghan leaders can emerge. The Dari word Parwarishga means, literally, “foster haven”. When people ask, any attempt to describe gives way to a simple question: “Have you been to visit the children yet?” Most of the children are orphans, victims of child labor or street children who were forced to beg. They have been exposed to very hostile and painful environments. They enter the orphanage in a state of wonder.

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