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AFCECO Fundraising Concert in Kabul
We at AFCECO are delighted to tell you about a fundraising concert we held for our orphanages on November 10th. The event was organized thanks to the generous support of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Serena Hotel, where the event was held. The concert was attended by Kabul’s diplomatic community, officials from government, representatives of private sector and as well as AFCECO and AKDN network of friends.
As part of our fundraising strategies, we also invited several businesses to showcase and sell their products at the event. For any business that participated, 15% of the proceeds were donated to AFCECO.
The event mainly included music and dance performance by our children with a few short speeches. The Program for the entire event follows.1. Welcome remarks by Tim Swagemakers, KSH General Manager, and H.E. Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan2. Introductory speech by Pashtana Rasoul3. Story of Gulalai4. AFCECO Children Ballet Dance5. AFCECO Children Attan Dance6. Music pieces:- Misirlou by AFCECO Children- Ay Shakh Gul by AFCECO Children - Medley of Ahmad Zahir Songs by AFCECO Children- Laili Jan by AFCECO Children- Chopin Nocturne by Arson- Sakura by Sahar & Sunbol - Adagio Albinoni by Madina .
The highlights of the event were the girls’ ballet dance and the kids Attan dance, which were both greatly applauded by the audience.
These types of programs are not easy to organize in Kabul for many reasons. We are opposed by extremists who are still intolerant of our teaching liberal and become aggressively oppressive when they see a girl play music and dance. This causes security concerns and limited attendance. In addition, the coverage of the event by Afghan media was received with both praise and negative backlash.
Despite these challenges we were able to raise $3800 to help reduce our projected year end deficit.
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We had very special visits from two of our dear sponsors this month. Anisa Mahmoud Ulrich one of our American sponsors visited the orphanage on October 17th and met her sponsored child. Elisa Ghezzi, another AFCECO sponsor and supporter from Italy, arrived on October 26th to visit the orphanages and observe the children’s activities. Elisa has been helping our team with writing and translating a grant proposal for an Italian association and is also helping us translate our website material into Italian. Elisa hosted one of our university students at her home in Italy in summer 2015. We are having great time with her and have organized different events at the orphanage. She will leave Kabul on Monday November 8th.
Thanks again to Allyn Rosenberg and Nancy Grimes we celebrated the birthday of Frishta at New Mehan Orphanage. As always the birthday was full of joy and excitement for all the children.Read More
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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 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.
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