Appeal to support new home and added security for our girls

This year has so far been disastrous for Afghanistan, and especially for women and girls. ISIL and Taliban have now gripped their power over more territory and erupted all-out war at all corners of the country. Thousands of Afghans fled their homes in the past few months in a search to find a better place to live. Among others, women and girls are in constant fear. ISIS/Taliban recently stoned to death several girls and burned down hundreds of girls’ schools. Farkhunda was brutally slain by a mob in Kabul just few meters away from Presidential Palace and 19-year old Rukhushana was stoned to death. A few days ago nine year old Shokuria and her nine family members were slain as well. Not a day goes by in Kabul without some sort of violence going on, attacks of suicide bombers against anything that is against Taliban’s ruthless rules.

Mehan orphanage was our first orphanage in Kabul and has served so many girls over the years. It was this orphanage Brian Williams visited in 2009 and featured several times on NBC Nightly News' "Making a Difference" segment, describing it as “a haven for Afghan children”.

We at AFCECO have also been a target of Islamic militants for some time and they are very well aware of what we are doing for the girls. We give the girls athletics, music, art, liberal arts and a safe place to live. They have travelled all around the world interacting with other people and cultures. Our music team performed on big stages in the US and Europe. These hardliners believe AFCECO is “westernizing” the children, pulling them away from their hardcore values. There was even a FATWA issued against AFCECO.

Our security team feels that Mehan’s neighborhood is no longer a safe place for our girls and we, therefore, must move the orphanage to another location. Mehan Orphanage has had hundreds of western visitors including high profile journalists during these years. This may have attracted the attention of some pro-Taliban-Jihadist in the neighborhood that could be considered big threats to our girls. Therefore, there is an urgent need to move the girls and provide additional security to ensure they can live in the orphanage and go to school without the fear of being attacked. This requires a budget of $75,000 for 2016, which used to cover the cost of moving, extra house rental costs, security equipment and additional security staff.

AFCECO girls have graduated university and are now leaders in society. They are pulling for equality of women in Afghanistan. AFCECO has provided worldly boys and girls to build a new democratic Afghanistan. They understand the principals of freedom and equality. They have combined Eastern and Western thinking and understand how to implement these things into society.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please help us spread the word about our urgent needs by forwarding this email to people who may want to support us.

Donations can be made through CharityHelp International https://charityhelp.org/chi3/donate/donate-nh4g

AFCECO Newsletter: February 2010

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

ArtClass

While the children are busy with their winter programs, back in AFCECO’s offices we are planning for the new school year that begins the end of March. We expect 2011 to be a crucial year of enhancing existing programs while strengthening our sustainability. Most exciting is that plans are in the works to establish an Activity Resource Center in Kabul large enough to serve 600 children. In tandem with this we would create smaller versions in our Jalalabad and Herat orphanages. We have received funding to continue our Leadership Academy, and will extend extracurricular programs such as soccer, music, karate, photography and ballet classes.

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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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