AFCECO Newsletter: March 2016

Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

SAMANAK PARTY

March is a month of new beginnings. In addition to March 21st being the first day of spring it is also Nowruz, what Afghan people celebrate as New Year’s. This year we had an amazing celebration at the new home of Mehan Orphanage. Schools start in March 23rd after a long winter break, and the children who have been visiting their relatives have already begun to return. They are all excited and full of stories to tell, so ask them to share their experiences with you in their letters. While the children were on their vacation, our staff worked around the clock to get the new home of Mehan Orphanage ready. They also did maintenance at boys’ orphanage repairing and painting the house, replacing the bed sheets, curtains and other necessary items.

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Nowruz Greeting from AFCECO

Nowruz Greeting from AFCECO

In a year when the news from Afghanistan was full of conflict, bloodshed and suppression of women here at New Mehan Orphanage in Kabul our children took a day off and began Nowruz, Afghanistan’s New Year with a special celebration in a hope to see peace and prosperity in their country.

Nowruz is a special time of year for us, it not only ushers in the New Year, it harkens back to thousands of years of cultural history. We welcome the spring, the beginning of our school year, a time to shake off the bitter cold, clean the carpets, organize the cupboards, pat one another on the back and roll up our sleeves for another season of regeneration. It is also one tradition that cannot be forgotten or faded away by politics or religion, it is universal and promotes healthy national pride and unity. One important aspect to AFCECO’s mission is to reinforce, rebuild and foster a resurgence in the ancestral traditions of Afghanistan that were destroyed by thirty years of war and suppression under ideological regimes.

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  • 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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