AFCECO Fundraising Concert in Kabul

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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.