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Donations for Afghan Children

April 1, 2009

This weeks Images post brought up a great question from one of our readers (Thanks Jennifer!): How can we donate items that will get to these children in Afghanistan?

I did a bit of digging and here’s what I found… mind you this isn’t a perfect list and isn’t meant to be an endorsement of any of these organizations, my intention is to put all of the options I found in one place for y’all to check out. (If you know of others, please contact me or link to them in the comments!)

Operation Dreamseed: This was started by Army Capt. Todd Schmidt to get school supplies to kids in Afghanistan in 2005. See this pagefor addresses of who to send donations to in both Afghanistan and Iraq (along with other locations as well).

The Afghan Orphanage Project: This organization was started in2005 by members of the Army’s 211th Aviation Battalion as a way to give shelter and care to the orphaned children of Afghanistan. They currently have 50 acres of land that was donated and it is being developed. They are still in need of funds to help build the orphanage and provide care in the meantime.

Victory Boxes: This is an organization linked with American Supports You that helps you send care packages to Iraq and Afghanistan with items that are not readily available to the people there (kids included!). You send the items directly to the area of interest with an AFO/APO priority flat rate box from the post office, all you need do is contact the founder and she will send you the appropriate paperwork and postage information.

There is also an Afghanistan Volunteer Community Relations (VCR) organization based out of Camp Eggers in Kabul. In this article they said:

…anyone interested in making a donation to Camp Eggers’ VCR can visit the Web site, http://oneteam.centcom.mil* or send to: VCR Program (Pool House), CSTC-A, APO AE 09356. Kilgo said VCR would take donations from anyone and needs used clothes, shoes and blankets, as well as school supplies. *This site appears to be locked.

A similar program is located at Bagram Air Base, called Operation Care, although there is no APO listed for this group specifically. (This is the APO I found: Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, APO, AE 09354)

Some others I found (with some help- thanks Ladies!) are:
Afghans for Afghans
Unite for Sight

There is also always UNICEF and the National Geographic Society who both have programs specifically targeted to those in need in Afghanistan. Also, don’t forget Spirit of America which is a really cool organization that helps Americans serving abroad assist people in need… they respond to requests from U.S. military and civilian personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa for items that will help local people.

I hope this helps and I will also be posting a similar post for Iraqi children. Keep your eyes peeled and give yourself a pat on the back for doing something great! Again, If you know of others, please contact me or link to them in the comments!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2009 10:51 pm

    Thanks, girlie!

  2. LAW permalink
    April 1, 2009 10:59 pm

    thanks for this.

  3. Meghan permalink
    April 2, 2009 1:07 am

    Thanks Tucker! I recently read “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortensen. Greg is an amazing person who builds schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan for children. He has a program called “Pennies for Peace” that is pretty cool (http://www.threecupsoftea.com/how-to-help/pennies-for-peace/)
    I would recommend his book to anyone, especially those of us who have loved ones over in that region. It is an amazing story of another person doing good for that area of the world. Also, he tells a lot about his wife and she sounds like an amazing person. He is overseas for 3-4 or more months at a time, will be home for a few months, and then will go back. And he has been doing that for the past 10 years. One time a reporter asked her “Aren’t you worried about your husband working is such a volatile environment?” And she replied something like, “I cannot think of what might happen to Greg. I believe in what he does and I have to trust that he is going to be ok, otherwise I would go crazy.” That really inspired me and has helped me deal with my impending deployment. All I can do is believe in my man, believe he will do what is right for him and for us, and then just trust that everything is going to be ok.

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