Remembering our beloved Ian Pounds

Dear Friends,

Remembering our beloved Ian Pounds

My heart broke into pieces early this morning when Steve Pounds emailed us with the awful news of the death of our precious and beloved friend, Ian Pound. Ian left his comfort life in the States in 2008 and spent 5 years in Kabul living with the Afghan children at an AFCECO orphanage, and you can imagine how devastating this must have been for those children who all have loving memories of Ian in their heart. They all burst into tears and were mourning throughout the day. AFCECO children lost their best teacher!

I have thousands of stories to tell about Ian that how much he loved and cared our children, I fall shorts of words to describe this great man. I still remember his phone call back in 2008 when he was eagerly asking me to let him come to Kabul and stay in Mehan Orphanage and when I told about the security risks that might put his life in danger, he replied: “teaching Afghan kids is what I have dreamed for no matter whatever comes”, and he left me with no choice but to allow him. He came to Kabul with one-way ticket and spent 5-years with the kids in the orphanage.

Remembering our beloved Ian Pounds

The love the orphanage children have for Ian is a memory that will remembered forever and his memory now became a treasure that must be preserved in history.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ian’s family at this sad and difficult time.

Here I attached some photos of Ian that tell his loving memory.

Andeisha Farid
Founder and Chairperson, AFCECO


    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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