AFCECO Newsletter: June 2016

Sunbol’s Birthday

Dear Sponsors and Friends,
June began with a celebration of World Children Day. We organized a small event at Mehan Orphanage in the afternoon. The children had lots of fun playing various games together and enjoying some refreshments. You can view the pictures of the event here.

We had two birthday celebrations this month. The first was Aazita’s on June 6th funded by her sponsor Terry Cardwell and the other birthday was Sunbol’s on June 29th funded by her sponsor James Herzog. Birthdays parties are special gifts to the children by their sponsors because many have never celebrated their birthdays. Some do not even know their exact birth dates. The AFCECO staff has tried to contact their families and relatives to find out their birth dates but we are not always successful. In both of the birthday parties we had a skype call with the sponsor which made the birthday extra special both for the child and the sponsor. Here is the album of the birthday pictures, please click

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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

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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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