AFCECO Newsletter: July 2016

Dear Sponsors and Friends,


July was an intensive month for all the children due to their studying for and taking their school exams. Midterm exams finished on Monday July 25th and most of children are on holidays now for about two weeks.

New Mehan orphanage faced significant difficulties recently when the water pit in the orphanage dried out. The pit was 20 meters and we had to dig it down making it 50 meters long to make available water for the orphanage. We brought water from other places in a tank for almost a month. Fortunately after digging down the pit we have now sufficient water available.

Thanks again to the generous donation of Terry Cardwell we celebrated the birthdays of her sponsored child, Huma and several other children with July birthdays. It was Huma’s first birthday ever and you cannot imagine how exciting it was for her being able to celebrate her day. We also celebrated Samia’s birthday on July 11 thanks to her generous sponsor Jill Sheldon. Jill started her first sponsorship in July 2007 exactly nine years ago and now sponsors two children. She has each year provided her sponsored children with special birthday gifts. It’s truly amazing that we have such generous and kindhearted people in the AFCECO family. You have all been a blessing to us!

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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!

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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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