RAWA, December 21, 2007

Keep the Light of Hope Alive

Support RAWA's Orphanage Program

Photo of a RAWA Orphanage

UNICEF and other sources say:
- 60% of children have lost at least one member of their family or close relatives
- Over 600,000 children sleep on the streets.
- For every 50,000 there is only one physician
- 100,000 children are disabled
- 60,000 children in Afghanistan are addicted to drugs
- Over 37,000 children work and beg in the streets of Kabul alone
- There are about 8,000 former child soldiers
- An estimated one million are child labourers in Afghanistan.

These heart-wrenching statistics about the Afghan children have made the RAWA residential children's projects the cornerstone of our social programs. The children have been the prime victims of the three decades of unprecedented wars and brutalities. They need help dealing with the trauma of homelessness, hunger, disability, and abuse.

If we educate and aid this next generation of Afghans to grow up in a peaceful environment, we can guarantee a prosperous Afghanistan.

With more than 20 years of experience in running children's projects, RAWA has created a framework for the children that teach them to respect and love each other regardless of language, religion, race, sex, color, etc. If you would like to learn more about the lives of the children in the RAWA orphanages, please visit: http://www.rawa.org/orphanage.htm

A US based organization was teamed with RAWA to launch the Child Sponsorship project in late 2004. This project enables people around the world to sponsor Afghan children. Today, the project is helping more than 200 children rebuild their lives in RAWA's program. As a sponsor, you can communicate with your child by sharing emails and photographs.

“Supporting these children is not only a gift to them as individuals; it is a gift to the world's future. Against staggering odds, they have made it this far, surviving as lights of hope through the darkest of nights. It is up to us to help them continue to shine.” - Jennifer A. Hartley

Join us in keeping the light of hope burning through the darkest of nights! For less than a dollar a day, you can provide on-going support to complement our child sponsorship program.

Thank you for your continuing support.

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