Education

the gift that lasts forever

Education - the gift that lasts forever

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you”

-- B.B. King

Despite tremendous obstacles and threats, AFCECO continues to focus on the safety and education of Afghan children to help them grow into strong, productive, thoughtful members of society.

Since the fall of Kabul, we have:

  • Established 7 safe houses, where over 80 Afghan children were fed, clothed, housed, and protected from the Taliban.
  • Conducted classes in secret at our safe houses when schools were shut down. This included classes led by female Dari teachers who were not allowed to work, Math and Science classes led by an AFCECO graduate, and remote English and Art classes with teachers from around the world.
  • Enrolled all children in grades one to nine in school. Girls over 12 years of age, who are not allowed by the Taliban to attend school, were enrolled in covert private schools.
  • Established a scholarship program helping 20 students continue their higher education, including those in university as well as girls and boys studying for the university Entrance Exam.

AFCECO would like to expand our support to 25 additional individuals to ensure they have access to education to help them succeed in life. 

Our goal is to raise $25,000 this Giving Tuesday and to obtain long term sponsors for these children as well as for the children that are not fully sponsored. Your gift will provide housing, clothing, books, supplies, and tuition for their private education for the initial term of the school year.  It will allow for the purchase of  the technology needed to expand studies of English and Art with remote learning.   

Your sponsorship will help ensure that support of these children continues into the future. With sponsorship you can have regular communication with your sponsored child via email and video calls.  Letters and calls with sponsors have been tremendously helpful the past year providing emotional support and encouragement and helping the children realize they are not forgotten.  

This Giving Tuesday please help us give the gift that lasts forever, the gift of education.  A gift that young girls are willing to risk their lives to obtain.

 

goal:

$25000

will help us bring

25 New Girls

to our safehouses in Kabul, where they are provided housing and an education

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Taiba3
Taiba’s father was a soldier with the Afghan military. He was injured in an operation against the Taliban, leaving him permanently paralyzed in the legs. Taiba’s family lives in a small town in Nuristan.

Taiba

12 years old

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Rezwana3
Rizwana was born to a complicated family. Her father was an addict and beat her mother severely. Her mother was finally able to get a divorce in order to save herself and her daughters. Unfortunately, her mother passed away after suffering several strokes when the girls were still very small and the girls had to live with their grandmother who also passed away. They eventually lived with their aunts and uncles and they always had to jump from one place to another. Rezwana’s older sisters were married off by their uncle and Rezwana continued to stay with one of her uncles.

Rizwana

13 years old

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Bushra3
Bushra is from Nuristan. Her father used to work for the national television but after August last year when Taliban took power, he left his job as he did not want to work for the Taliban. Bushra’s father is really keen on her daughter on getting educated.

Bushra

10 years old

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Zomira3
Zomra’s father was a former soldier who fought in many battles against the Taliban. He left the army after witnessing Taliban torturing and brutally killing his father in law catching him after a battle and him making a very narrow escape. As a result of his trauma he developed depression and he has not been fully able to recover. His wife was also left deeply depres

Zomra

10 years old

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Zainab3
Zainab is a little girl from Nuristan. She comes from a large family and her parents want to send her to Kabul to enroll at a school. Currently girls in Nuristan can’t study and her mother wishes Zainab could study in Kabul, otherwise she would have to attend a religious madrassa in her town.

Zainab

6 years old

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Yumna3
Yumna is a cheerful little girl from Nuristan. She has two older sisters Zomra and Tamana. She is a curious girl and loves playing outdoors.

Yumna

6 years old

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Vera3
Vera is a six years old girl from a tiny village in Nuristan. Her parents want to send her to Kabul where she can join one of the safe houses and start going to school as she cannot have this opportunity in her village.

Vera

6 years old

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Tamana3
Tamana is the younger sister of Yumna. Her family lives in Nuristan and they want to send her to Kabul for her to start school.

Tamana

7 years old

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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goal:

$25000

will help us bring

25 new girls

to our safehouses in Kabul, where they are provided housing and an education