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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
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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.
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For 10 years, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) has been providing education and a safe haven for children. Unfortunately, the girl’s orphanage has gained the attention of the armed gangs and extreme elements, who are moving into their area of Kabul. AFCECO needs to raise $75,000 to move the entire girl’s orphanage, named Mehan, to a safer part of the city.
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10 Years of AFCECO
Ten years ago Andeisha Farid opened her orphanage serving Afghan children of war. She employed widows of war to help in raising the children. It was a first step in devoting her life to what she saw as the only path toward peace and prosperity for her war-torn country: giving the children, girls equal to boys, a future. She felt these innocent victims of war had become invisible to the world. “What if,” she asked, “I could help them become visible?”
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Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) is an Afghan non-profit organization founded by Andeisha Farid, an Afghan native whose dream was to come up with an innovative way to help vulnerable Afghan children. This noble mission began in 2003 when she established a safe house for 20 street children who couldn’t afford going to school. This small shelter soon turned into a well-established orphanage when AFCECO started a sponsorship program that allowed individuals from around the world to go online and sponsor Afghan children. As a result one orphanage opened after another and expanded to 12 orphanages , caring for over 700 children. Unfortunately, the orphanages were badly affected by the global financial crisis that resulted significant decrease in sponsorship and AFCECO had to close many orphanages.
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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. The girls and boys in AFCECO’s orphanages are taught tolerance, respect for diversity, environmental sensitivity, respect for the rights of others, and strong values of integrity, honesty and caring.
AFCECO runs various 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. Physical fitness of the children has also been one of AFCECO’s top priorities, 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. 40 girls and boys from AFCECO orphanages are in Afghanistan National Institute of Music where they learn professional.