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The Ayenda Foundation Celebrates Second Anniversary at Embassy of Afghanistan

On October 29, a reception in honor of the second anniversary of the Ayenda Foundation, the Afghan Children’s Initiative was held at the Embassy of Afghanistan. Ambassador Said T. Jawad and Ayenda founder Mrs. Shamim Jawad hosted nearly 200 distinguished guests, including Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Senator John Sununu of New Hampshire, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Mrs. Diana Bodman and many others.

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky provided the evening’s opening remarks. After being introduced by Ambassador Jawad as a “devoted friend of Afghanistan and a real force behind the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council,” Under Secretary Dobriansky described her experiences traveling through Afghanistan as a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.  “Years of war have impacted the lives of Afghan children; under the harsh rule of the Taliban kids were unable to grow up with a basic, normal, happy, healthy childhood,” she said. “Ayenda supports projects that promote the welfare, education, health, safety, artistic and athletic abilities of Afghan children and especially young girls. These programs will help the children of Afghanistan reclaim at least a part of the childhood that they lost during the Taliban years. It will provide them with a renewed opportunity to have the normal, happy, healthy childhoods that they deserve.”

Mrs. Shamim Jawad’s remarks described the series of events that led to the creation of Ayenda, and thanked the audience for their partnership and support in building a better tomorrow for Afghanistan’s children. On the occasion of the Ayenda Foundation’s second anniversary, Mrs. Jawad announced plans for the future construction of an orphanage in Bamiyan Province, the Ayenda Children Learning Center.

“Bamiyan once home to the world famous Giant Buddha, is one of Afghanistan’s most beautiful provinces, with pristine lakes, priceless historical monuments and countless natural wonders,” she said. “Unfortunately, it is also one of Afghanistan’s least developed and most neglected provinces. The people of Bamiyan are in need of basic education, which they have been deprived of for over three decades. The Ayenda Children Learning Center will be a safe and nurturing home for Bamiyan’s orphans, providing them with a safe place to live, hot meals and learning facilities.”

The Ayenda Foundation, the Afghan Children Initiative, is a non-profit public charity 501 (c) 3 organization. The purpose of Ayenda Foundation, the Afghan Children Initiative, is to support projects that enhance the welfare, education, health, shelter, safety, artistic and athletic abilities of Afghan children – especially girls.  Ayenda will select projects for funding based on critical needs, potential for high impact, efficiency and visibility, among other factors, for Afghan children.

To learn more about Ayenda, please visit the brand new AYENDA WEBSITE


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