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Raising a new progressive generation of Afghan citizens

AFCECO’s aim is to bring up the next generation of Afghan citizens, so badly affected by three decades of war, and to help them grow into strong, productive, thoughtful members of society. This noble mission began in 2003 when Andeisha Farid established a safe house for 20 Afghan children in Islamabad who couldn’t afford going to school. This small shelter soon turned into a well-established orphanage when CharityHelp International teamed with AFCECO to launch a Child Sponsorship Program ( This program allowed individuals from around the world to go online and sponsor Afghan children. As a result one orphanage opened after another and now AFCECO runs 11 orphanages in Afghanistan and Pakistan, caring for over 600 children.

Most of the children are orphans, victims of child labor or were street children forced to beg. They have been exposed to very hostile and painful environments. They enter the orphanage in a state of wonder. This new environment is a world apart from their prior lives, a place where they can sleep and eat without fear. Here they begin a new life based on peace, love and respect. With strings attached to villages and family they are not disconnected from their country, but rather those connections are reinforced. They learn how a family can grow.

  • Our Orphanages

Whenever anyone visits an AFCECO orphanage, the first thing they notice is how clean it is and how happy the children are. It is as Brian Williams aptly noted, “a haven for Afghan children”, not so much a place sheltering orphans and giving them food, as it is a place where a new generation of progressive Afghan leaders can emerge. The Dari word Parwarishga means, literally, “foster haven”.

A typical AFCECO home is three stories with eighty children, every day is bustling with activity. Bread is to be made, floors swept and laundry to be hung. Some children are off to school, others are gathering with a volunteer English teacher, while still others are upstairs in drama class. They all have responsibilities. They treat one another as they would a sibling. Their free time is spent playing games or telling stories on the verandah. After school many go off to soccer or karate. They are given an hour in the evening to watch television, and have prescribed times in the library where they must do homework. Every week there are guests to attend to, journalists and volunteers, or sometimes a family member or sponsor visiting from afar. There is constant interaction between the orphanage and the outside world.

  • Diversity, Integrity and Caring

AFCECO has tried to provide a wide variety of resources in these orphanages, not settling on just a shelter where the children get free meals, but rather a safe home where they learn tolerance, respect for diversity, environmental sensitivity, respect for the rights of others, and strong values of integrity, honesty and caring. Birthdays and holidays are celebrated, frequently turning the orphanage into a bastion of music and dance. The children organize regularly scheduled “art parties” wherein they exhibit their talents to the public. Children also help in all aspects of running the orphanage. Three or four times a year they leave for an outing in the countryside, to swim, play sports and picnic under the trees. The children are not the only beneficiaries- almost half the staff is made up of widows who otherwise would have nowhere to turn.

AFCECO also runs various other programs for children within the framework of its orphanages. Due to the poor standard of public schools, AFCECO augments the short school day with a plethora of extracurricular classes. Thanks to university students and volunteers from the U.S. and Italy we get lots of help with these extra studies. Physical fitness of the children has also been one of AFCECO’s top priorities. Many, (and soon we hope all) orphanages are equipped with a gym where children get training in martial arts such as karate by professional trainers. AFCECO also has girls’ soccer teams that participate in nationwide tournaments. AFCECO provides the children with healthcare through clinics it has established within the orphanages, also allowing for healthcare education and first aid training. AFCECO partners with programs such as SOLACE, bringing children in need of specialized medical treatment to the U.S. We are also committed to partnership with other organizations, to increase support and broaden opportunities for the children to grow. Every winter many children go to Italy to participate in an enrichment program, and older girls travel to the U.S. to participate in mentorship programs.

In other words AFCECO is not about saving some children from the street so much as creating prosperity of the human spirit, community out of fragmentation and despair.

The impact of such daily living upon the children, and by proxy their families cannot be overstated. AFCECO’s girls don’t only realize their rights, they practice them. It is impossible to call such a place an orphanage, because these children are reclaiming their identity, are moving forward stronger and more resolved than ever imaginable in the milieu of Afghan society.

Click any of the following links to learn in more detail some of the activities AFCECO children enjoy.

Art Programs: Drama, Music, Painting


Building confidence, language, collaborative skills, and poise are essential elements that our drama program seeks to achieve.

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Sport: Girls Soccer and Gymnasium


Nothing more exemplifies true liberation for our girls. Strength of character, strength of body, strength of teamwork are frosting on the cake!

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Leadership Academy for Girls


Most of the children come from the mountains, farms and tiny villages in the countryside. Getting out of the city is essential for their spirits.

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Foreign Trips


Nothing broadens a child's understanding of the world better than experiencing it. We hope our programs in Italy and the United States are just the beginning

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Party and Function


Celebrating one another's place in the AFCECO family gives each child a feeling of normalcy and value in the orphanage

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Volunteer Program


Our longest running western volunteer says his ticket to the orphanage is one way, with no plans to return.

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In-house Clinic for Children


One of our oldest and truest sponsors gives some insight to her experience with AFCECO.

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