AFCECO Newsletter: April 2010

celebration of International Women’s Day

This month began with the recognition and celebration of International Women’s Day. The children of Jalalabad orphanages participated with songs and dance while notable speakers shed light on the status of women in the world and especially Afghanistan today. This is one of the premier events for AFCECO orphanages each year, to enlighten the boys as well as to give the girls faith they are not alone in striving to change their expected role in society.

School has indeed started and all the children have returned from their respective corners of Afghanistan. We are excited about this year’s opportunities for growth in our programs for the children, especially in light of a grant proposal that has been signed with the Asia Foundation, providing for AFCECO School of Higher Achievement, which would consist of a central compound close to the Kabul orphanages where all our programs will be offered in a more cohesive, intensive manner, including but not limited to language classes, art, music and dance, computer courses, martial arts and of course our Girl’s Leadership Workshop.

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AFCECO Newsletter: March 2010

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

New Year in Pakistan

March is a month of new beginnings, literally on the 20th, Vernal Equinox. On that day is Nourz, what Afghan people celebrate as New Year’s. School begins after a long winter break, and the children who have been visiting their relatives have already begun to return. Those who travelled to Italy have also returned. They are all excited and full of stories to tell, so you sponsors who wish to write can ask them to share their experiences with you in writing. (It is good practice for them!)

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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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