AFCECO Newsletter: December 2009

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

Brain Williams with AFCECO Students

As our sponsors in the United States celebrate their day of Thanksgiving, we too express our deepest thanks for the at fortune of having been chosen by Brian Williams as the subject of a special segment on NBC Nightly News. It is a gift that continues giving, as hundreds of new sponsors have joined our family. So moved was Mr. Williams by the response, he did a follow-up segment on the show. In it he applauded all those who gave, and showed clips of the children making thank-you cards. He exclaimed how the “making a difference” piece on AFCECO orphanages was one of the most popular segments he had ever done. A few short months ago, who could have predicted our worries about decreased sponsorship and the cost of housing would be alleviated virtually overnight? As a result we can turn our attention toward some of our long-range plans. Even as we do, we know how important it is to sustain the momentum we now enjoy, raising awareness of our activities, gaining support and expanding the number of children we can bring into the program.

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AFCECO Newsletter: August 2009

Dear Friends of AFCECO orphanages,

Artworks Class of AFCECO Students

While the children of Jalalabad and Pakistan orphanages are on summer break, for the children of our Kabul and Herat orphanages the month of July was dominated by the preparation for and taking of mid-term exams. We anticipate the results with great hope that even though the New Learning Center * has only been up and running for three months, there will be significant signs that the NLC programs have already strengthened many of the students’ academic standing.

This month is Ramadan, and the public schools are closed. That means we have more flexibility and time to involve the children grades 9 through 12 in even more skill building activities. Though they will continue with their core studies tutorial classes, their specialized music and art classes, their soccer and karate and boxing programs, in addition the children will organize a major exhibition to be performed in September. This will resemble in many ways the old AFCECO “art party”, but we are going to take it to some new levels of performance in drama, music, speeches and contests in debate, historical trivia and poetry. We are also thinking ahead to a possible fundraising tour in the U.S. this winter, which we hope will include some of our children performing as part of each event. As the students’ skills develop, we understand the intrinsic value of public performance, on a variety of levels.

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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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