AFCECO Newsletter: September 2016

Wasila Birthday

Dear Sponsors and Friends,

We hope each one of you had a wonderful summer and are enjoying the beginning of fall.

The summer was a difficult time for AFCECO with many terrorist attacks and the loss of friends and loved ones, particularly our beloved Ian Pounds. With the help of each other and the kind words of support from their sponsors, our children are continuing to focus on their studies and daily lives.

The children are normally taken outside the orphanage every three months to play in the fresh air and alleviate their stresses. Unfortunately with the recent attacks we have not been able to do this for the children. However they have been able to gather at the orphanage and participate in indoor events to relax and play together. On September 13th all of the children gathered in New Mehan and had a barbeque party in the yard.

We thank again our generous sponsors for thinking of their children's special days. This month we celebrated the birthday of Nazaneen thanks to Donna Conklin, the birthday of Roeen thanks to Allyn Rosenberg and the birthday of Wasila thanks to Rimas Riauba.

Nazaneen and Roeen Birthdays

AFCECO's executive team is focused on reducing AFCECO's forecasted end of year budget deficit. We have received some suggestions from our sponsors on how to raise funds and are in the process of implementing them. If you have any suggestions please do let us know. We know that every little effort helps. Current fundraising initiatives in Kabul include:

  • Contacting local Embassies to host a fundraiser, which would include a music program as well as an auction of artworks by the children. Currently we are in communications with the Turkish, Canadian and German embassies.
  • Working with three of well-known Afghan artists to hold a charity concert in November.
  • We have also been contacting schools and other types of institutions in different countries to hold online fundraising events where our children can perform music. These programs are useful for building relationships with institutions abroad.
  • Do you shop at Amazon.com? If so a portion of your purchase can be donated to AFCECO. You can support AFCECO by shopping at AmazonSmile at www.smile.amazon.com ! When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to support. By choosing CharityHelp International, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to CHI/AFCECO. Purchases must be made from the AmazonSmile website but item availability and costs are the same as the amazon.com site. So sign up today and have Amazon donate to AFCECO! We will be using Facebook and Twitter to communicate how we plan on using the funds raised through Amazon. If Amazonlikes our tweet they will re-tweet it to their 30 million followers!

    As we move into the holiday season and more people are giving gifts to non-profits, we are evaluating the use of a website that allows gifts to be given to AFCECO. Many organizations use this site to reach donors that might not be aware of their work. We hope to have this in place by early November and will update you in our next newsletter.

    To all our Jewish friends, May this New Year be filled with health and happiness, and sweet moments for you and your family. L'shanah Tovah!"

    Thank you again for all your support and love.

    Warm regards

    Mahbooba Siraj
    Donor Relations Manager
    Afghan Child Education and Care Organization-AFCECO

    • 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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