It’s that time of year again where we extend our thanks to you for donating your time and money to support Kids 4 Afghan Kids. None of this progress would be possible without people like you contributing to give kids in poverty better futures.
This amazing year brought even better news with it! After our hard work towards giving kids a better education, an astounding 4 students were given aviation scholarships and are studying being a pilot. Twelve females graduated this year, with half of them being orphans. A staggering 44 male students graduated as well, and 41 of them were accepted into Higher Education and have access to a better life. Twelve male orphans graduated and now have more opportunities than ever before, including stable jobs and housing. Moreover, 14 students have already been accepted into jobs in the National Army, Police, and Air Force, while 3 students have gone above and beyond to pursue education and have traveled outside the country to broaden their minds and learn as much as they can. In addition, we started preparing the land at the second campus so that soon, even more kids can get an education and hopefully secure jobs for themselves. We’ve continued to make progress on the hospital, and it’s nearly ready to operate! On a similar note, about 10 patients visit the clinic daily now, which means the villages are much more healthy than before. Furthermore, we’ve done some tidying up of the orphanage and put in new carpeting as well as repainting it so that the kids can feel more comfortable and at home.
These new developments are important to all of us at Kids 4 Afghan Kids, and for me, Natasha, in particular, they make me proud of how far the organization’s come since I started volunteering four years ago. My experiences with the other student volunteers of Kids 4 Afghan Kids have always been fun and inspiring, because the projects we’ve completed just show how much of a difference one organization can have on the lives of so many. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve given several hundred kids an opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families than they ever could have dreamed of.
My experience with Kids 4 Afghan Kids is priceless, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. The privilege of working with others to achieve something that at one point, many people may have thought impossible, has really had a huge impact on my life because it taught me that you can do anything you set your mind to, even if the goal seems out of reach at the beginning. Kids 4 Afghan Kids also changed my perspective of the world because I got to see things from the whole new lens of the kids in Afghanistan, who are overjoyed to have something as simple as a safe source of water. This taught me that not everyone has the things that I took for granted, like electricity or even a reliable source of food.
The people of Kids 4 Afghan Kids have had an even bigger effect on my life. It started in third grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Nedam, got me interested in the project when she showed the entire class a video of kids struggling in Afghanistan, trying to get a good education and not even having enough money to survive. I immediately asked her how I could help, and she showed me Kids 4 Afghan Kids. By now, I’ve helped raise funds at quite a few events, and I enjoyed every bit of my experience.
Mrs. Nedam has taught me so much about the lives of children in the Middle East and showed me that some things are bigger than just yourself. Sometimes, as they say, it takes a village to build a village.
Fundraising for K4AK made me much more confident in myself, which has been invaluable in my life because if you believe in yourself, you open the door to so many possibilities that weren’t even realistic before. I’ve learned that if I put myself out there, I can really make a difference in other people’s lives, no matter how young or old I am.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today if Kids 4 Afghan Kids hadn’t had enough support to run long enough for me to join in. For this reason, I want to personally, from the bottom of my heart, thank all of you donors for letting me volunteer for the amazing nonprofit that is Kids 4 Afghan Kids. You’re the reasons we’ve accomplished so much.