AFCECO has been one of the most positive and unique developments in Afghanistan’s war torn landscape. For 15 years children coming from extreme poverty, displacement, and violence have lived together in orphanages that are bastions of true democracy, places where everyone is equal and equally takes care of one another, where health and education take precedence over divisions of race and language and the climate of hatred civil war engenders.

AFCECO
a unique vision for the future of Afghanistan
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About Us

The Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) is an Afghan non-profit organization based in Kabul and fully registered since 2008 with AISA – the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s official registration agency. Founding director Andeisha Farid opened her first parwarishga, or “foster haven” in 2004, in Pakistan. An Afghan native who had grown up in war and displacement, her dream was to come up with an innovative way to help vulnerable Afghan children, in this case orphaned refugees.
Our Values

Our Values

The girls and boys in AFCECO’s orphanages are taught tolerance, respect for the rights of others ...
Our History

Our History

The story of Parwarishga (orphanage) must begin with the modern history of Afghanistan. .
NATALIE CARNEY, 2009
The Story of AFCECO
Natalie Carney, a multi-media broadcast journalist from Canada spent one month in Mehan Orphanage filming daily life of children.
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Our Orphanages

Each orphanage houses anywhere from thirty to eighty children. The facilities are usually large houses with lawn and all the amenities that make a place feel like home. Every orphanage is run by a live-in couple, with assistance from a staff including widows who otherwise would be destitute in the streets.

Children are given a variety of responsibilities, all cleaning, cooking, maintenance and laundry is shared duty. They sleep together on double-bunk beds in curtained, homey rooms with high ceilings, four to six bunk beds per room. Initially they are assessed and treated for addiction problems and psychological illness. The children attend public schools including Afghanistan National Institute of Music. The children have variety extracurricular activities in orphanage and they are given responsibility to help in the running of the orphanage, and everyone is taught to work together as if one big family.


Our Children

Most of the children in AFCECO orphanages are orphans, victims of child labor and are from destitute families livening in remote areas who can’t afford to feed and educate them. There are also very talented children with unique skills live in our orphanages who had no access to a nourishing environment where they could grow. Most of these children have been exposed to very hostile and painful environments. They enter the orphanage in a state of wonder. This new environment is a world apart from their prior lives, a place where they can sleep and eat without fear. Here they begin a new life based on peace, love and respect. With strings attached to villages and family they are not disconnected from their country, but rather those connections are reinforced. They learn how a family can grow.


Our Sponsors

Each child in our orphanage has a sponsor. Child sponsors provide the lifeblood that enables AFCECO to do its work and to flourish.

Sponsoring a child through AFCECO is a potent act. It is an act of caring, of joy, of interconnection, of empowerment. It is an act whose benefits flow both ways.

Our sponsored children get to communicate with someone from another part of the world who has an interest in their welfare, who cares about their future and the future of their country. They have the chance to contribute to the rebuilding of their nation.

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CharityHelp International

https://charityhelp.org

CharityHelp International (CHI) has partnered with AFCECO since 2004, providing communications technology, development and administrative support for the Child Sponsorship Program. The program connects children to sponsors and provides frequent online communications to strengthen and maintain the resulting relationships. The children in our project with AFCECO come from backgrounds defined by decades of war and Taliban rule. The program provides food, clothing, life skills, education, and most importantly a dream and hope for a new life in an environment of gender equality, peace, and safety.

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FAQs

How do you select children to live in the orphanage?
Through our countrywide network of friends, AFCECO now receives referrals almost daily. There are over a thousand children on the waiting list. If we opened ten more orphanages tomorrow, they would be fi lled in a week. The children come from the streets, from homes destroyed by war, they come from families too poor to feed them, and they come from abusive homes from which they have fl ed with their mothers. In all cases, we meet with family members face to face and discuss the long-term goals and benefi ts. Family members must agree and ascribe to all AFCECO policies, knowing that to give the world we offer takes time and commitment.
Why do you not allow children to be adopted? Are these children really orphans?
Isn’t it dangerous in Kabul and other cities? How do you keep the children safe?
What about families wanting girls back, presumably to sell them into marriage?
What happens when the children turn 18?
Where does the money go?
Do you ever lose children?
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AFCECO is an Afghan non-profit organization based in Kabul running orphanages and educational centers for Afghan orphans and street children.

H # 13, Street 1, Karta-e-Char, 1006, Kabul, Afghanistan

+93 79 889 3234

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