Dear Sponsors and Friends of AFCECO,

I hope that you had a pleasant start of spring!

We started our spring with celebrations of Nowruz, which marks New Year in Persian Calendar on March 21st. Nowruz is one of the few occasions, which people celebrate enthusiastically but because extremists for its Zoroastrian origin oppose it, the celebrations have become less colorful in recent year for the fear of bombings during mass celebrations. There were several blasts killing hundreds of people. It is also one tradition that cannot be politicized; it is universal and promotes healthy national pride and unity. Our girls and boys celebrated Nowruz in a splendid fashion once again as they do every year, there were music, singing, the national attan dance of Afghanistan and parades. Please see the photo of Nowruz celebration at this link:

Our music children held their annual Gala Concert in Afghanistan Radio Television Concert Hall. Every year, at the end of school year, the students at Afghanistan National Institute of Music organize a major concert. The Gala Concert includes all types of musical groups at school such orchestras and ensembles. They performed variety worldwide musical pieces including western, such as Danse Macabre and traditional Afghan songs. Please see the photos of the concert here:

Our students are still waiting to sit for Kankor exam. The exam for Kabul schools is predicted to take place sometimes in June. However, we have five new students who are in 12th grade and will be taking Kankor exam preparations this year. These students are Aazita, Farangiz, Esmail, Nazir and Ashraf.

AFCECO children have been again invited to participate at April 23rd Children’s Festival in Turkey. The festival marks its 40th anniversary and takes place in Bursa. The festival, which was dedicated to world’s children by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, invites children from all around the world where the children engage in cultural and fun activities. Our girls will leave on April 15 and will return on April 27.

We are soon going to start another matching donation campaign. One of our beloved sponsor, has offered to match up $25K. We still have to finalize the campaign plan and will send out an update soon.

We are in the process of moving our website from Joomla to WordPress version. We were facing server problems, especially the prevention of sending/receiving emails. Our emails were being sent to spam and some people reported their emails being rejected by our server. If you still face problems in sending us emails or you haven’t received response for emails you sent us please send it to our Gmail account too: afceco@gmail.com. The progress for building the new site is still underway and will notify once we launch it.

We would like to thank you for being a member of AFCECO family. We deeply appreciate the relationships that we have developed and we thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards,
Mahbooba