Who are we?
The Enabled Children Initiative (ECI) is a UK, US and Afghan registered charity that supports and advocates for abanonded children and orphans with a disability in Afghanistan. We fully support a private care home, Window of Hope, that provides shelter, healthcare, food, education and a safe place to thrive for 25 abandoned children with special needs, as well as working in the two state orphanges in Kabul to provide comprehensive care to the orphans with disabiltiies residing there. ECI also provides an emergency fund to poor families who have a child with a disability, as well as providing in-home education to seven children in Nangarhar province who all became amputees when they stepped on a land mine near their home.
Why are we fundraising?
ECI believes that the best place for any child is in a safe home environment, supported by family, friends and community which helps the child reach their own unqiue potential. Last month, ECI took a step toward achieving this vision--we embarked on a new journey to build Afghanistan's first comprehensive support center for children and persons with a disability. The Community Center will provide a specialized environment in which persons with disabilities are enabled to reach their full potential, contribute to their community, and have their basic rights to healthcare and education secured. The Center will focus on social integration of children and adults with disabilities, and will include a school for special needs children, a support center offering rehabilitative services and support services for families with special needs children, as well as a vocational training program for adults living with a disability. For those children and adults who are not able to live independently or have been orphaned or abandoned, the Center will provide a residential home for children and an independent living home for adults. The Community Center will include sustainability components in order to minimize donor dependency and create partial self-sustainability.
As a volunteer-led and run organization, we will be committing most of our time to this new endeavor, while also maintaining the quality of care and support to the children in our care now. We need your support to help keep our children thriving while we build their new home on the Community Center campus! This fundraiser kicks off our campaign to raise $75,821 to support the 25 kids in our care throughout the year.
What's our fundraising goal?
We aim to raise $21,230 in this fundraiser, which is enough to support comprehensive care, which includes education, healthcare, clothing and recreational activities, for 7 children for one year.
Who will you be helping?
For photos of the children we are fundraising for, see gallery above.
Maryam (6) & Khadija (5) are two sisters from Nangarhar province who came to Window of Hope in early 2019 after their mother was forced to abandon them when their father became imprisoned. The girls are very bright, and love attending Window of Hope's in-home school and participating in arts & crafts sessions. Maryam loves to play ball and laugh, while Khadija is the more serious one. The girls both were born with cerebral palsy.
Sameer (10) came to Window of Hope when he was 5 years old. Sameer is the smartest child at Window of Hope, and after flying through the in-home school's curriculum, we were able to place him in a nearby private school. Sameer loves school and doing his homework, and is known for his positive outlook and charm. He is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. It's not clear how he acqired his disability but scars on his back suggest he was severely abused at some point in his life.
Abdullah (7) came to Window of Hope in April 2018. He had been taken to the ICRC hospital in Kabul for treatment and abandoned--his parents never came back for him and could not be found. Abdullah has changed dramatically over the past year and half--from constantly crying and not able to communicate, he is now very communicative, smiles all the time, loves to interact with the other kids, and especailly loves meal time! Abdullah, who has cerebral palsy, has also made improvements in mobility, with daily physical therapy treatment.
Marwa (5), Osman (4), and Hamed (2) are siblings who came to Window of Hope in April 2019. They, along with their older brother Omar (8), were brought to the MSF hospital in Helmand province for treatment and were abandoned there--after failed attemepts to locate their parents, Window of Hope took them in. We didn't even know their names. The siblings all have severe intellectual and physical disabilities and the transition to Window of Hope was very difficult for them--for days, they could not be consoled. Slowly they got used to their new home, and their new names. Marwa and Osman have learned to walk more confidently, with daily physiotherapy treatments, and love participating in group activities. They loved to be hugged. The quickest way to get a smile from Hamed is to hold him--he loves to be cuddled.