April 2017 Newsletter
On March 21st, the New Year begins in Afghanistan. The children have returned from the long winter break and they have started going to school.
We are extremely saddened to announce that we lost another precious soul. Chiara Cataldi, was one of AFCECO's dear friends who used to volunteer for the orphanage children by teaching them Italian several years ago. She passed away in February battling cancer. It was heartbreaking news to our children and staff who knew her. It is again with great pleasure to let you know that we have another group of students who are at the final stage of high school.
This year we have 16 students who will graduate in December and will eventually take “Kankor” the university entrance exam, which will help them get into universities. These students will be taking Kankor preparation courses: Sin Hawa, Wasila, Taiba, Aqila, Nazaneen, Fatima, Zohal, Hanifa, Huma, Saleem, Siraj, Ramin, Tawfiq, Aminullah, Anayatullah and Dariush. If you are interested in donating toward the expenses associated with preparation for the Kankor please let us know. The previous graduates took the Kankor exam on March 10th and the students were satisfied by their performances. Their results will be announced in August and they will start attending university in September. Right now, many of them are on holiday but some of the girls and boys have already started working with AFCECO. AFCECO has been very lucky for having such generous and caring sponsors who have stood beside us in our most difficult times.
In January, our sponsor, Patricia Tietz, in Ohio organized a very successful fundraising event at The Peace Lutheran Church where they raised $6,000 in one day. Similarly, on March 12th, Subrata De, another AFCECO supporter, organized a fundraiser in New York for AFCECO. We are working hard to find ways to broaden our funding sources and the events at The Peach Lutheran Church and the New York fundraiser were truly a good example of how such fundraisings can be effective. With just a few more similar events we will be able to tackle our budget problem in short order and hopefully increase child sponsorship which is what would provide the most help our children in the long term. Andeisha is currently in New York City for an extended period and can assist with organizing and conducting fundraising events.
Our children have again been invited to Turkey to perform at April 23rd Children’s Festival. This time the festival will take place in Nevsehir in Cappadocia. The girls will be performing Afghan dance. The girls who will be travelling to Turkey are Sunbol, Marwa, Tajala, Aiman, Aziza, Shogofa, Sevinch, Madina, Krishma, Munira. They will be accompanied by Pashtana and Malalai.
During the month of April we are conducting another matching donor campaign with all donations up to 15K being matched by a sponsor! This means that every dollar you donate will be doubled. If you give $10 it will become $20 and if you donate $20 It will become $40 and so on! Please help us in making this a successful campaign and double your impact by giving at https://charityhelp.reachapp.co/campaigns/double-your-impact.