AFCECO Newsletter: October 2016

Elisa came to New Mehan Orphanage and has good time with children

Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

October was a busy month for AFCECO with extra-curricular activities and visits by sponsors.

We are first of all very happy to have received a grant for partial support of our athletic program from the Vital Voices Global Partnership. AFCECO is a longtime partner of Vital Voices and they have helped Andeisha organize many fundraisers in different cities in the USA. We appreciate their continued support of AFCECO and women around the world.

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.

Sahar, Tajala and Anisa

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.

Recently our music students alongside Afghanistan National Institute of Music launched a new music video of “I Am a Girl” song dedicated to all girls in Afghanistan and as well as the world. You can view the song here

Twenty girls from AFCECO who play music will be travelling to Europe in January 2017. Their music school will organize the trip but I will also accompany them during the tour. We will first go to Germany, then we will fly to Switzerland for the concert at World Economic Forum at Davos and then we will return to Germany for a final concert. The schedule has not yet been finalized but as soon as the final schedule is confirmed we will communicate it to you.

Karate tournament also our girls join it

We are super thrilled to tell you that our girls’ karate team has excelled again! A tournament was held among Kabul Female Karate Teams this week and was organized by the Afghanistan Martial Arts Federation. Ten of our girls participated in the tournament and they all beat their opponents. Three of them won first position, two of them second position and five of them won the third position. We are very proud of our girls! You can view the photos of the tournament at this gallery

I would like to also announce that Malalai has taken over Hajira for managing sponsor-child communication. Malalai will now forward emails from your children. Her new email address is:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any inquiry. We look forward to give you more exciting news in our next newsletter.
Warm regards,
Mahbooba Siraj
Donor Relations Manager
Afghan Child Education and Care Organization-AFCECO


    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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