Ten Afghan children with no hope of medical treatment in Afghanistan will be brought to the US for treatment of war related injuries. Troops on the ground refer children to Solace for help. This is what Captain Matthew Peterson says: Programs like this make our efforts worth it. If there are innocents in this war then certainly it is the children. Taking advantage of a program like yours is a healing experience not just for a little girl but for my Marines and me.
Centuries of tribal conflict, more than three decades of war, ruined infrastructure, minimal national economic base, a 28% literacy rate, 1 physician per 50,000 Afghan citizens all speak to the problem of innocent children suffering from violence and disease in Afghanistan with no hope of treatment. This project addresses the phyical needs of the children and also offers hope for a peaceful Afghanistan through a demonstration of love and understanding changing attitudes and bringing peace
Identifed Afghan children are carefully screened for participation in Solace for the Children Extended Program and transported to partner hospitals across the US where partner physician and hospitals meet medical needs large and small. Dental needs are addressed increasing overall health. Children are nurtured and loved within carefully screened Solace families where strong relationships are built over 2 to 12 months before children return home healther and with restored hope for the future.
Innocent Lives Healed - With no other option, most Solace children could only suffer or die without the help this project can offer.
Safer environment for our sons and daughters serving in Afghanistan - Afghan families and communities view Americans in a positive light after a loving, healing Solace experience.
Safer, more peaceful world for all children - relationship building across cultural, traditional, and religious lines is life changing for all concerned and leads to peace.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
2010 Solace Impact Report
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Four minute overview