Since August Afghanistan has been going through radical political changes and is now facing enormous difficulties that have naturally also affected our organization and our projects.
As soon as we received the permissions from the new government in Afghanistan in December we started activities including workshops and juggling competitions in 7 provinces (10 locations) in Kabul, Herat, Ghor, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Balkh, and Khost. Hundreds of children and youth participated in regional workshops, competitions, and performances. This time, the juggling competitions and how we organized them were totally decentralized and mostly carried out by the youth themselves.
Over 170 girls and boys in two different morning and afternoon shifts are attending our winter program in Herat province right now. Our winter program provides different school subjects, together with entertaining activities such as social circus and social games. The students get a nutritious warm meal every day too. This is a unique opportunity, especially for the underprivileged children to turn the cold winter season into a happy time of fun with art and culture.
Children of Afghanistan have a severe need for experiencing a happy childhood, laughter, joy, and educational entertainment now more than ever. We hope the international community, including governments, humanitarian organizations, and individuals pay more attention to this emergency situation and do not forget Afghanistan and its children.
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