ECI currently runs four sustainable programmes to support children with disabilities. Window of Hope is a care home that provides comprehensive care for 27 children. The Fatima Khalil School is the first and only school in Afghanistan for children with all types of disabilities – providing education tailored towards their specific needs. The Mirza Gul Family Fund was created to deliver education to 7 children in Nangarhar who suffered multiple amputations from a landmine. The Frozan Fund provides emergency relief and income generating support to families of children with disabilities or parents who are living in poverty.
We decided to specifically support the care home due to the fact that it’s the only orphanage in Afghanistan that is solely tailored to meet the needs of children with disabilities.
The children at the orphanage are rescued and brought to ECI by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Although they take referrals from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, they do not receive financial support from the government, allowing them to run an independent NGO.
These children are often abandoned or orphaned and found in streets, hospitals, cages, and mosques. They come from all over the country – Parwan, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Kapisa and other provinces.
ECI improves the children’s quality of life and helps them reach their full potential. They provide a unique service in Afghanistan not currently offered by the Afghan Government or other NGOs. Making them the only facility providing such services. ECI provides a safety net to some of the most vulnerable children in need of protection and nurturing.