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.
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.