Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan, help Afghan women, literacy, education

More than half the population of Afghanistan is under 18 years of age. Giving the younger generation the opportunity to gain an education that leads to responsible positions in society is the best way to help Afghanistan out of its desperate situation. It is also most satisfying, as it offers the opportunity to watch a young person grow in stature and self-confidence and share a path into adulthood.

AFCECO has educated girls and boys in its orphanages since 2004. Several have now finished high school and enter the university to take up studies of law, medicine, education or engineering. All come from poor families who could have never afforded to send them to school, not to mention university.

Sponsoring a student from one of AFCECO's orphanages brings many rewards. The personal relationships with a sponsored student brings joy and a sense of certainty that one truly makes a difference in a life. Sharing letters and photos brings sponsors and their students closer and closer over time; sponsors can see them learn, grow, and change as the years pass and share their own life and family with them.

To educate the future professionals and leaders of a new Afghanistan AFCECO selects recipients for scholarships on the basis of achievement and dedication to work for the country.

As we all know, here more than anywhere and especially for Afghanistan's girls the four extra years of education at tertiary level and character development are essential in transitioning these young leaders safely into adulthood where they will be able to choose their path and help the people of their beleaguered country.

Student scholarships

To sponsor one of the students email

Required annual funding: university fees $2,800; living expenses $1,440
My name is Shams. Before I joined the AFCECO orphanage I helped my father in our farm, taking care of the animals. more...
Required annual funding: university fees $3,800; living expenses $1,440
My name is Ahmad. Our family lived in Farah province, close to Iran and on a drug trade route. more...

university fees funded; required annual funding:
living expenses $1,440

My name is Saeeda. I was born in a Peshawar refugee camp, where I attended an Afghan school for refugees. more...

university fees funded; required annual funding:
living expenses $1,440

My name is Malalai. I am from Nuristan province and joined an AFCECO orphanage in 2007 along with my two smaller sisters. more...

sponsored student Zarmina graduated in art (sculpture) at the end of 2016

My name is Zarmina; I am 18 years old. My younger sister and I graduated together from the same school. more...

Hajira Hajira
living expenses funded, required annual funding: university fees $2,800
My name is  Hajira. I come from Kunar province, which borders with Pakistan. Kunar is currently under Taliban control and is very insecure. more...
fees and living expenses fully funded
My name is Barakat; I am from Nuristan, one of the backward provinces of Afghanistan near the Himalayan mountains. more...

living expenses funded, required annual funding: university fees $2,800

My name is Rima. I was born in a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, and went to an Afghan school for refugees in Peshawar. My father was a vegetable seller with a wheelbarrow.  more...

Scholarship conditions

Afghanistan's university entrance system is rife with corruption and nepotism. Only 40,000 of 160,000 applicants are accepted. This almost guarantees that many of AFCECO's students need support to enter private higher education programs. Though the cost is miniscule compared to universities abroad (usually around $3,000 to $5,000 a year) it is prohibitive for the children and AFCECO. Without a scholarship our young leaders will not be able to make the next leap toward success.

It is vital that students obtain their education in Afghanistan rather than abroad. 80% of scholarship recipients from Afghanistan who go to other countries to study remain in their host country, and Afghanistan cannot afford to continue exporting its human resource.

Scholarship funds are held in a separate account to be used only for these three programs. All students benefiting from these programs keep regular contact with their sponsors, who can keep their finger on the pulse of each student's progress.

Scholarship recipients work for AFCECO and continue to be in AFCECO's care while stuying. The scholarship system has three aims:

  • to grant our top students full scholarship to the best private universities in Kabul as a reward for achievement;
  • to assist other students by providing transportation and supplies and tuition assistance in return for work they do for AFCECO;
  • to provide our 12th grade students with intensive exam preparation classes so they increase their chances of getting admittance to a public university.