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  • MUSIC SUPPORT FUND

    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.

  • CHILDREN ARTWORKS

    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 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.

  • OUR ORPHANAGE

    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.

  • DANCE PROGRAM

    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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AFCECO Newsletter: December 2010

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

Birthday Parties in Mehan Orphanage

Winter approaches, wood heaters get installed, the children in Kabul and Herat orphanages are finishing up their final exams of the school year while the orphanages in Jalalabad and Pakistan midway through their programs. December is a time of transition and planning for the future, and the major task at the AFCECO Main Office is to plan for sponsorships. We had brand new orphanages open this year that are full of children who, in order to sustain the orphanage need sponsorship. It is a perennial task but we must push forward. You our sponsors are the best people in the world to get the word out about our mission, our program and how much sponsorship means to the children. As you come together for your end of the year holidays, please consider sponsorship as a gift, or tell people about what you do and how your contribution goes to the needs and the education of the children who are the future of Afghanistan.

Angela with Freshta in Mehan Orphanage

This month was a busy month inside the orphanage. We celebrated more birthdays, which are usually fun and enjoyable for all. The little kids of Mehan and Sitara Orphanage had a big party for 7-years old Frozen, who had returned from Pakistan after spending almost three months there for medical treatment. As usual guests visited on and off throughout the month, including a camera crew and news team for of Supreme Master TV, which has a huge viewership in the U.S. This week we say goodbye to our American volunteer, Angela Nibler, who has been with us since mid August teaching English skills and karate and computer and typing to the children. She has also been helping us develop a Facebook page, to increase our exposure and bring in more sponsors. Angela will be dearly missed by her students, but we know she is planning to continue working to support AFCECO from her home in Idaho. We thank her from the depth of our hearts for her devotion to making positive change in Afghanistan.

Our Director Andeisha Farid has returned from yet another foray beyond the borders of her country, this time Italy, where she participated in a conference titled “21 Minutes” sponsored by the organizer each guest spoke for 21 minutes. While Andeisha has been rounding up support around the world, the home front has been diligently working on expanding AFCECO’s base of support by applying for various grants. To sustain our orphanages we rely on sponsorship of children, but to expand our influence and enhance our programs we must find additional avenues of support. One vision is to coalesce all our various Kabul programs onto one campus where everything can be housed safely and practically. Other visions include health clinics in every orphanage, resource centers and libraries, athletic programs and so on. We are looking forward to an exciting 2011 when some of these fruits may come to bear.

thirteen girls graduated from our first (we hope annual) Leadership Academy workshop

Early November thirteen girls graduated from our first (we hope annual) Leadership Academy workshop. We held a ceremony at the resource center and each student received a certificate of achievement. We are proud of all these girls, because the curriculum was tough and competition high. Selection of the three who will continue on to study for three months in the U.S. was very difficult. Congratulations to Manizha, Pashtana and Sahar as they prepare for an experience of a lifetime. They will participate in mentorship with professionals and also assist their teacher and workshop coordinator Ian Pounds as he travels the country giving talks about AFCECO and addressing potential sponsors. At one time or another Ian and/or one of the girls will be through Middlebury VT, Portsmouth NH, Boston, Hartford, New York, Albany, Baltimore, Washington D.C., West Palm Beach, New Orleans, San Francisco and Sacramento. Ian has a growing list of sponsors who want to get involved and will be assembling a schedule over the next month. Anyone in these locations who is interested in organizing a speaking engagement or attending events as they develop, don’t hesitate to contact Ian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He and the girls will be in the States until March 27th.

As we fast approach the longest night of the year we nevertheless look to a bright future, thanks again to you our sponsors.

Still other children will be readying for great adventure as 17 boys and girls will be off to Milano, Italy for two months as they did last year, staying with our Italian friends and enjoying all that life has to offer in a world-class city. A select group of older girls (Zainab, Malalai and Lida) are also going to stay for the entire trip, doing much the same as our girls in the U.S. will be doing, gaining skills through an experiential program.

Nadia with her friends

While many of our Kabul children drift away to the outside world or to visit their villages over the long winter break, most of us will be here in the orphanages continuing to learn and grow. We have tutors who will continue working with children on their core subject areas, and dance instructors and art instructors are going to continue their programs over the long dark months. Also, the children in Jalalabad and Pakistan orphanages are only getting a small break as they are on a reverse school year from Kabul. They will be studying full time. The children of our newest home in Herat, Nadia orphanage who are literally fresh off the streets are going to receive extra attention from tutors as they have never even participated in a regular school program.

As we fast approach the longest night of the year we nevertheless look to a bright future, thanks again to you our sponsors.