Opening of New Mehan Orphanage

Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage

We are very excited and thrilled to report to you that we held an inaugural ceremony to officially announce the opening of the New Mehan Orphanage on April 2nd. In addition to dignity guests from embassies and international community, there were also guests from many organizations including faculty from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, as well as members of the community who over the years have participated in AFCECO programs, volunteers and journalists. Of course along with the well wishers many of the AFCECO staff and children themselves attended. AFCECO Management team, Manizha, Mahbooba and Pashtana addressed the crowd, giving their prospective of being the first children to have been raised in the orphanage program. The story of our two amazing children, Negina who is the first female conductor of Afghanistan and Madina, the first oboe player of Afghanistan were profiled. Founder of AFCECO, Andeisha Farid also addressed the crowed followed by Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative Aga Khan Development Network, Afghanistan, Counselor Philip Lupul of the Canadian Embassy and Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast, the founder and director of Afghanistan National Institute of Music. The ceremony ended with great performance by our music students.

Please watch the opening ceremony of New Mehan Orphanage on YouTube:New Mehan Opening Ceremony

The New Mehan Orphanage is now completely setup and in full swing. The new home is big enough to house more than 80 girls; it is a 3-story building with a beautiful green courtyard and a large basement that we turned into a concert hall. The ground floor is allocated to AFCECO office, and the 2nd floor to music students and 3rd floor for the rest of students and staff. We have also special facilities in this new home, which we dedicated to some of our sponsors who have been a big part of AFCECO. We have:

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage
Terry Concert Hall

Terry Concert Hall is well-designed hall that has enough space for an audience of 300 where all music concerts and functions will take place. We have our grand piano on the stage. This hall is also equipped with a home cinema HD projector and professional sound system that is good for variety of entertainment activities such as movie night on the weekend. This hall is dedicated to Terry Cardwell, a long-term sponsor from Florida. Every densuing year she has given freely of her time and resources, sponsoring more children and culminating with the sponsorship of two entire orphanages. She hosted Andeisha and children from our orphanages several times at her home in Florida. She is still very active with AFCECO, helping us with writing newsletters and grants.

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage
Doffie eLibrary

Doffie eLibrary is literally a digital library where we installed a data server connected to 12 computers with high speed Internet. There is also a working eStation that is used for eCoaching classes. This eLibrary is in honor of Doffie Rotter, whom our children call the “Mom” of AFCECO. Although she is not sponsoring any child now she still is loved and appreciated for everything she did to help and grow AFCECO. She founded AFCECO’s first library at Mehan in 2008 donating hundreds of books.

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage
Matthias Art Class

Matthias Art Class is a kind of art studio for our students. Today AFCECO children receive professional instruction in drawing, watercolour, pastel and oil painting. This is one way the children gain marketable skills and also reclaim their heritage and culture. We dedicated this art studio to Matthias Tomczak who has been supporting AFCECO since the beginning of our orphanages. He launched a scholarship for our graduate students and now we have eleven students benefit from this program. Matthias contributed €35,000 of his will toward Mehan Orphanage move campaign.

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage
Farhana Clinic

Farhana Clinic is a small clinic equipped with an ultrasound and a pharmacy. This clinic is dedicated to Farhana, our beloved student who died in her village while visiting her family. We heard she died of an illness, most probably because she had no access to health care at her home.

Ian Classroom is a general classroom for all tuition classes. This classed is dedicated to Ian Pounds, a volunteer from American who spent 4-years living in Mehan Orphanage and is remembered as the best teacher AFCECO ever had. He organized a 3-month fundraising trip of 7 children from our orphanages to the United States in 2011 and raised nearly $100,000.

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage
Dale Computer Lab

Dale Computer Lab has 12 computers with necessary software. This computer lab is dedicated to Professor Dale Larson, university lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan who funded this newly established computer lab.

Please see photo gallery and video of all facilities at the New Mehan Orphanage on our website:
Photo Gallery of New Mehan Orphanage
Video clip of New Mehan Orphanage

And here the link of a video clip on YouTube that shows the New Mehan Orphanage.

We would like to thank again all our friends who helped us with the Mehan Orphanage move campaign. This campaign started 3 months ago has so far been very successful. We raised almost 82% of the required fund, but we are still short of $13,663. One of our original sponsors has offered to match all donations made between now and June 16, 2016 up to a maximum of $25,000. You can DOUBLE your donation by giving to AFCECO prior to June 16th. Your gift of $10 can become $20 and an extra generous gift of $500 can become $1000. You can have 2x the impact on the lives of children who have known nothing but war and terror. We hope you will find it in your heart to help and will not miss this opportunity to increase the impact of your donation. For more information, please visit our


    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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