AFCECO Newsletter: December 2009

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

Brain Williams with AFCECO Students

As our sponsors in the United States celebrate their day of Thanksgiving, we too express our deepest thanks for the at fortune of having been chosen by Brian Williams as the subject of a special segment on NBC Nightly News. It is a gift that continues giving, as hundreds of new sponsors have joined our family. So moved was Mr. Williams by the response, he did a follow-up segment on the show. In it he applauded all those who gave, and showed clips of the children making thank-you cards. He exclaimed how the “making a difference” piece on AFCECO orphanages was one of the most popular segments he had ever done. A few short months ago, who could have predicted our worries about decreased sponsorship and the cost of housing would be alleviated virtually overnight? As a result we can turn our attention toward some of our long-range plans. Even as we do, we know how important it is to sustain the momentum we now enjoy, raising awareness of our activities, gaining support and expanding the number of children we can bring into the program.

In case you did not get a chance to view the story, please visit our and here is the link on YouTube:

Malalai with Madina sitting beside the stove

Winter has arrived, with temperatures at night dropping to below zero degrees Celsius. We have begun to use the heaters in the orphanages, thanks again to our beloved sponsors who donated for the firewood.

Second round of Hepatitis B vaccinations

As promised in the last newsletter, we have administered the second round of Hepatitis B vaccinations to all the children and staff of Mehan and Sitara orphanages. Unfortunately, the H1N1 virus finally hit Afghanistan. As a result the schools were closed for three weeks in an attempt to prevent the sickness from spreading. This was such a sudden decision we had no opportunity to prepare a special course to augment the children’s loss of studies.

Just as suddenly, a few days before the final exams had been scheduled, it was announced they would proceed as planned, regardless of not having any classes held all month. Now the children are in the midst of “cramming” for exams.

Between the disruptions of this year’s election and the emergence of the flu in the countryside it has been a challenge getting the children further ahead in their studies.

One bright spot has been the presence of an art instructor giving regular classes to the children. It turns out we have some very talented emerging artists in our midst. Soon we hope you will see examples of their work either in card form or on the Internet.

Birthday of Students of Sitara 1
Birthday Parties.

Like other months, November was also a month of birthday celebrations at Kabul orphanages. Terry Cardwell, a founding sponsor from Florida funded for a giant birthday party for all children of Sitara Orphanage. She had made a Platinum Founding Sponsorship donation that let us to establish a new orphanage in Kabul in 2009. Rose Vines, another sponsor from New Orleans, who had made a Silver Founding Sponsorship donation funded the birthday party of her children at Mehan Orphanage.

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Afghani Attan
Birthday Parties.

As always, to all of you a hearty thanks for your part in the vision we share for the future of Afghanistan. Please read our previous newletters:

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    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.


    Our girls at orphanage express themselves by practicing dance, an art that is still prohibited by societal norms in Afghanistan. Our children practice Attan, Afghan traditional dance, as well as ballet, western classical dance.

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