AFCECO Newsletter: May 2016

Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

Munira holding one of her portraits created by American Art School students

May was a very busy month for our children with guests and friends visiting our orphanages as well as other exciting programs.

We are extremely honored to have been recipients of this year’s Memory Project for the second time, the first time being in 2013. The Memory Project is a US nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youngsters around the world who have faced substantial challenges. They aim to make portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. This project provides the art students an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness. For doing this they receive photos of children and teens from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in a number of different countries every year.

This year again we were very much honored that the Memory Project staff decided to do the portraits for AFCECO children. Art students from 40 different high schools spread around the United States created several different portraits for each AFCECO youth. Our heartfelt thanks go to Ben Schumaker, the founder and director of the Memory Projects for his kind efforts. The portraits are absolutely beautiful and our children loved them. You can view and download the photos of your children holding their portraits in this Google drive link:Please Click Here

On Thursday May 28th there was a concert held in New Mehan. The concert was jointly organized by our music students and their volunteer teachers at school. 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.

Volunteer musicians from Australia and Scotland performing for student.

                        Volunteer musicians from Australia and Scotland performing for student.

We are also proud of our art students whose artworks were shown at an exhibition in Kabul. Children did most of the artworks in the exhibit. Our children received an award from the event organizers committee for their works.

Girls having an afternoon tea with two Italian friends who came  to visit the orphanage.

Girls having an afternoon tea with two Italian friends
        who came to visit the orphanage.

We understand there have been many technical errors in the server causing problems in the sponsorship communication. There was a major problem last month when the children’s letters did not reach their sponsor’s mailbox nor did we receive the sponsor’s letters to their children due to a change in the server. All of the sponsors’ letters were stuck on the server but started arriving at once after the programmer fixed the problem. In cases like this when you feel there is a problem please feel free to email us or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will also try to use your personal emails to reach you in order to continue our communication should we have issues in the future. We have asked our service provider to solve these issues and now they are working on to get it solved.

We are also thrilled to update you that we are very close to meeting our target of $25,000 for the Matching Donation Campaign. As you know a donor agreed to match all donations given from March 1 – June 15 up to $25000. To date we have raised $21000. We are short of meeting our goal by only $4000. There is still time to donation! Here is the link to make a direct donation: We thank you whole-heartedly for your generous contribution.

We appreciate your support and please do not hesitate to write me for any inquiry.

Warm regards,


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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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