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Carol Sullivan’s Story AFCECO is an Afghan registered Non-Profit, that is funded through Charity Help International here in the United...

  • 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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AFCECO Newsletter: June 2011

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

It has been an extraordinary month at AFCECO. Though what we describe here would be commonplace and even expected of a normal program serving free, peaceful and prosperous societies elsewhere in the world, here in Afghanistan we feel these to be miracles.

The New School

On May 10th AFCECO held an inaugural ceremony to officially announce the opening of the New Learning Center, serving all its Kabul orphanages. The Learning Center is generously supported by USAID through the Asia Foundation. Besides representatives from USAID and Asia Foundation, 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. Director of AFCECO Andeisha Farid addressed the crowd, followed by Christopher McDermott, Education Team Leader for USAID Afghanistan. The children performed a patriotic Afghan song in Dari as well as a nice song in perfect English. One of the older girls also addressed the crowd, giving her perspective of being one of the first generation of children to have been raised in the orphanage program. The ceremony ended with a beautiful Attan dance performed by boys and girls from the orphanage dressed in gorgeous traditional costumes.

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AFCECO Newsletter: May 2011

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

New Learning Center

We are thrilled to announce that this month, final arrangements were made to open AFCECO's New School. The school's opening and the exciting activities planned throughout the year is made possible through a grant from The Asia Foundation's Strengthening Education in Afghanistan Program which is funded with the generous support of USAID. Two years ago we had a lone volunteer sitting on carpet teaching with pencil and pads of paper. Today we have a full slate of educators and a three-story school that fully augments the public program, complete with three computer labs, fine art center, music room, dance and drama rehearsal and performance space, and offices that include a supply room and all-purpose copier machine. The center also boasts a full library / resource room where students who are not engaged in classes or tutorials can work on their projects and homework. Our instructors provide language classes, science, math and computer classes, and have full Internet access for over 40 computers. The building and grounds are immaculate, including grand high ceilings, open lounges and a fully matured courtyard garden with grape arbors, roses, cherry and apple trees and a lush lawn. Most importantly, the New School is located just a few blocks away from our five Kabul orphanages. No more risky and expensive taxiing of children to various places around the city. This is a real hallmark for AFCECO, to be able to provide the kind of quality education and character building experience that has always been our mission, alongside the unique vision of the parwarishga itself where children from all tribes live together, grow together in peace. The inauguration of the New School will be on Tuesday, May 10th.

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