AFCECO Newsletter: April, 2016

Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

April 23rd Children Festival in Turkey
AFCECO girls enjoying a day out in Antalyo, Turkey.

During April, the children settled into their routines of going to schools, doing sports, attending their courses such as painting, computer and core studies. Besides this we have some more exciting stories to tell you.

As you are aware a group of our girls attended April 23rd Children Festival in Turkey. This was the first time that Afghanistan was invited in this important festival. Our children performed two pieces of Afghan traditional dance. All of the girls stayed with their Turkish host families while they were there and had a very good time. The girls returned on the 25th and had lots of stories to tell to their friends at the orphanage. The Turkish families were extremely kind to our girls and once they learned about our orphanages they collected lots of clothes, shoes, socks and stationary for the children and then sent them along with girls.Here is the link to photo gallery of the festival and their journey in Turkey.

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Opening of New Mehan Orphanage

Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

Opening of New Mehan Orphanage

We are very excited and thrilled to report to you that we held an inaugural ceremony to officially announce the opening of the New Mehan Orphanage on April 2nd. In addition to dignity guests from embassies and international community, there were also guests from many organizations including faculty from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, as well as members of the community who over the years have participated in AFCECO programs, volunteers and journalists. Of course along with the well wishers many of the AFCECO staff and children themselves attended. AFCECO Management team, Manizha, Mahbooba and Pashtana addressed the crowd, giving their prospective of being the first children to have been raised in the orphanage program.

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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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