June began with a celebration of World Children Day. We organized a small event at Mehan Orphanage in the afternoon. The children had lots of fun playing various games together and enjoying some refreshments.

We had two birthday celebrations this month. The first was Aazita’s on June 6th funded by her sponsor Terry Cardwell and the other birthday was Sunbol’s on June 29th funded by her sponsor James Herzog. Birthdays parties are special gifts to the children by their sponsors because many have never celebrated their birthdays. Some do not even know their exact birth dates. The AFCECO staff has tried to contact their families and relatives to find out their birth dates but we are not always successful. In both of the birthday parties we had a skype call with the sponsor which made the birthday extra special both for the child and the sponsor. Here is the album of the birthday pictures:


As you know 10 of our 12th grade students are graduating in December and they have been taking special university prepation courses for the Kankor which is the university entrance exam. We are again thankful to our kind Terry Cardwell for her generous contribution towards the prepation expense of 9 students. We are also thankful to Allyn Rosenberg for his contribution towards his sponsored child expenses, Frishta. We are extremely happy to let you know that three of our girls, Shokuria, Muzhgan and Madina will be traveling to Estonia from July 16th to July 31st. The girls will be performing Afghan traditional music. We are proud of our girls who are the first generation of female musicians to represent Afghanistan at International level. This isn’t just progress but it is a continuous struggle against traditional culture of taboo and oppression.

Many of the students who previously lived at AFCECO and now attend the university are making significant progress. A great majority of them are now in the last phase of their undergraduate studies. We continue to receive regular updates from them even if they are no longer at AFCECO. Most of them are now are in the provinces working or attending university.

One of our girls who graduated two years ago has returned to her village in Nuristan province where she teaches at girls’ school. Another student Parwana just finished her first year of university in Jalalabad and Ahmad Shah who also studies in the same university finished his second year. Hala one of our other girls who went to the US in 2011 is now enrolled at medicine faculty in Mazar Sharif. Farida another AFCECO students is soon to be graduating from the faculty of midwifery which is a three years program. Afghanistan has one of the highest rate of mother’s and child mortality rate in the world and this field of works is desperately needed in Afghanistan. There is Ali who is now an IT student at the university of Parwan, two hour drive from Kabul. He is now at his third year at university and at the same time he works on AFCECO’s website. He comes to the orphanage during his holidays. The midterm exams will start in a week. The children are underdoing intense preparation for the exams. After the exams are over they will have short summer break of three weeks and some return to their homes.

We are saddened by the continued terrorists activities around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Orlando, Istanbul and Bangladesh. I would like to thank all of you who participated and contributed to the campaign for the girls’ new home. It was a very successful campaign with donations exceeding our original goal. Lastly we would like wish all our American sponsors a happy July 4th and hope you can spend it in the most joyous and exciting ways possible.