Changing Afghanistan One Child At A Time by Terry Cardwell

Children Holiday Greetings

In late 2004 I heard about a young Afghan woman, Andeisha Farid, who had started an orphanage with the goal of raising the next generation of Afghan citizens to be strong, productive, thoughtful members of society. Girls and boys would be taught tolerance, respect for diversity, respect for the rights of others and strong values of integrity, honesty and caring with educational programs that extended well beyond the public school system. I immediately knew this was an organization that I wanted to be a part of and began sponsoring three children.

Independence Day Celebration

Dear Sponsors and Friends,

Independence day celebrated by AFCECO children

We hope each of you is having a great summer holiday.

We had an exciting week of Independence Day celebrations across the country. The orphanage children also celebrated Afghanistan’s 97th anniversary of Independence. The celebration took place in the front yard of New Mehan Orphanage on Thursday August 18th. The event covered a wide variety of programs; beginning with a short speech by me followed by music performances and dance. All of the children and especially our music students worked very hard preparing programs for the celebration.

Afghanistan gained its independence on the 19th August in 1919 from colonial Britain in the third Anglo-Afghan war. The independence war was commanded by the progressive King Amanullah.

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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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