There are many ways to help needy children, but one of the most rewarding is by sponsoring a child of the AFCECO orphanages. They are from every ethnic group in Afghanistan. They have survived in the worst conditions of war for over 40 years. The lucky ones get to be housed, fed and kept safe at AFCECO. They get to be educated in an environment of respect, equality and diversity, and to grow up with people dedicated to giving them the best future possible. You can build a warm and supportive relationship with one or more of these children by writing letters to them and celebrating their birthdays, or accomplishments in school, music or art. By educating a child, you will help change their life for the better future and it will change your life too. Sponsoring a child through AFCECO is a potent act. It is an act of caring, of joy, of interaction, of empowerment. It is an act whose benefits flow both ways. Through a simple, practical act of caring, you are making a real difference.

AFCECO funds its orphanages almost exclusively through sponsorship. This is facilitated thought its partnership with CharityHelp International, a non-profit organization located in the US. This allows for all funds to be tax deductibles.

Each child needs the Basics, but AFCECO builds a family where Education, Health Care, Safety and Transportation are each part of the support for every child. You can become a Full Sponsor of a child or just help in any way you can for as little as $39 or $40 dollars a month. All the money goes to the support of these children and is fully tax deductible.

Join in the support of a child and it will make your life happier and healthier as well. Press the Sponsor Now button above and see a list of the children who need sponsors. Choose one and begin a journey of happiness with your child today.

Full Sponsorship $234 1. Basic Needs $60 2. Educational $50 3. Health Care $40 4. Housing $45 5. Energy & Transportation $39

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“Supporting these children is not only a gift to the as individuals, it is a gift to the world’s future. Against staggering odds, they have made it this far, surviving as lights of hope in the darkest of nights. It is up to us to help them continue to shine.” –Jennifer Hartley, CharityHelp Board Member.

AFCECO is busy fostering the only lasting resource a homeland has: its children. As Afghans who are helping Afghans, this family is growing. With each additional child we take in, the purveyors of hate and oppression become ever more marginalized.

A day begins at 5:30 a.m. when the 60 or so children stir and the housemother heats water and the house father goes off to market. Nobody needs to badger or otherwise nag the children. They mostly monitor themselves, the older ones quickly educating the youngest. They somehow manage the bathroom rotation, get the house swept clean, make up their beds and rooms and dress into their school uniforms before tea and nan (bread), is served. One aspect of orphanage life must be emphasized – punitive punishment is never practiced, as it is against AFCECO policy. Discipline is maintained not by fear, but by common interest.

Public school schedules vary, so half the children leave in the morning and return by noon, while the other half leave after lunch, returning by four. This means the orphanage is rarely empty. Before going to school, each child’s shoes, fingernails and teeth are checked at the gate for cleanliness. If not, back inside they go. The schools are close by, and always the children walk together in fours and fives.

The rest of the day, whether mornings free or afternoons, is spent doing chores, studying in the library, attending programs at the New Learning Center, or engaging in extracurricular activities such as karate for girls, boxing for boys.

At 6:00 p.m. it is time to relax with a cup of tea and tell stories. Afghans are used to eating dinner at eight, so this twilight hour is free to absorb the day’s activities. After tea some children will watch television, others will play in the courtyard, while still others might visit one of the other orphanages. Everyone sooner or later takes a shift helping in the kitchen. Meals include meat three days a week, rice, beans and potatoes are the staple. Various squashes, spinach, eggplant and okra comprise the usual vegetable dish. Always there is seasonal fruit; watermelon, apples, peaches, plums, apricots, grapes, oranges and pomegranates are plentiful at various times of the year.

After dinner the children do homework to prepare for the next day. The smaller ones are asleep by 9:00 p.m. while the middle ones go to bed at ten and the older ones around eleven. It is an incredibly full life these children lead. Only on Friday does everyone get to catch a breath, the one day of the week that is unscheduled. The orphanage life is filled with a sense of purposefulness, that each day is a gift for growing, deepening bonds, and keeping the AFCECO dream alive. It is truly a laboratory in which democracy is realized and allowed to flourish, whereby staff and children alike begin to taste, on this island in the midst of the storm of war, true and lasting peace.

March is a month of new beginnings. In addition to March 21st being the first day of spring it is also Nowruz, what Afghan people celebrate as New Year’s. This year we had an amazing celebration at the new home of Mehan Orphanage. Schools start in March 23rd after a long winter break, and the children who have been visiting their relatives have already begun to return. They are all excited and full of stories to tell, so ask them to share their experiences with you in their letters. While the children were on their vacation, our staff worked around the clock to get the new home of Mehan Orphanage ready. They also did maintenance at boys’ orphanage repairing and painting the house, replacing the bed sheets, curtains and other necessary items.

AFCECO is an Afghan non-profit organization based in Kabul running orphanages and educational centers for Afghan orphans and street children.
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