Afghan children in orphanages will have access to new sports programs, thanks to Canada!

Canadian Mountie welcomed local and international guests

Over one hundred vulnerable children now have the chance to participate in sports programmes, thanks to the first annual Maple Ball at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.

An iconic Canadian Mountie welcomed local and international guests at the door, and throughout the evening the Maple Ball showcased Canadian culture to the Kabul community. Everyone particularly enjoyed the maple syrup simmering from a sugar shack.

The Sugar ShackThe Sugar Shack

But the Maple Ball was not really about tasty Canadian treats. The event raised over $10,000 USD for the benefit of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO), a local charity that is actively engaged in supporting vulnerable Afghan children in eleven different orphanages.

In addition to the eleven orphanages, AFCECO runs refugee camps in Pakistan. Altogether, the organization supports 600 children of diverse ethnicities and employs nearly 200 people, most of whom are widows and university students.

Andeisha Farid, a former director of AFCECO, told those gathered that the donation will give children the chance to participate in soccer, gymnastics and karate sports programmes this year.

“How wonderful it is to see the international community come together for a memorable evening in support of empowering children and youth. It truly is a great night to be Canadian in Kabul.” - Deborah Lyons, Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan

Canadian Mountie welcomed local and international guests

Canada continues to support local initiatives aimed at empowering Afghan children and youth through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. This year, the Canadian Embassy in Kabul supported 7 Canada Fund projects, which succeeded in further promoting Canadian values of democracy, human rights, and gender equality.