Solace for the Children is a quality organization from top to bottom. They facilitated the rescue of a child I cared for in Afghanistan during my military tour that would almost certainly have perished. Their efforts have changed lives in so many wonderful ways. For each donor they provide significant feedback and wonderful updates on the cases they select for receipt of donation if they are directed. Cannot say enough about their work.
I am Zubaida Tahiri from Afghanistan. I have heard a lot about the activities of SOLACE and always see the posts that is shared in social media. I appreciate their support for kids in Afghanistan.
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My decision to volunteer at the Solace for the Children is the most wonderful experience I’ve ever met with in my life. I have chosen Solace for volunteering because I believe that helping the children would be a great opportunity that can give people the capability to think broad about feelings of those people who suffer from illnesses or some serious sicknesses. This experience has been wonderful. I think that people who have the ability to help should help. Thinking about these kids conditions and sometimes they made me feel that I even forgot that they were sick with all the funny things they do every day.
Volunteering at the Solace means the world to me. Honestly I was really happy working at Solace; my duty was to fill the forms of applicants. These kids need all the help they can get. So by writing this experience, I would encourage you all to try to start volunteering at Solace. It will change you in so many ways. This was an amazing experience! And a big thank to the entire team of Solace!!
In Aug 2012, I started to be a volunteer for solace for the children. My main responsibility was to work with children and help them with physical therapy in Afghanistan office. However, it wasn’t the only thing that I was doing. I also helped to fill application for new patients. Actually, this was one of my favorite parts, because I would see the patients, talk to them and see their families. The hope inside parent’s heart was incredible. The innocent smile on children’s face was pure. I learned how to be hopeful, respect, love, and help people.
In 2013, I got the chance to travel to the USA and bring some of those children with me. I stayed with them in hospital, talked to them, and was the one they could trust. My experience in Solace is one of my favorite chapters of my life. Every single step that I took for those children, reflected in my life. Those children, families, and love inspired me.
We are a current host family that has been hosting a child for 5 months. Typically children only stay a few weeks in the summer, but a few children, like our host daughter, come for extended care. Our family has 4 children, and one of my daughters uses a wheelchair. My daughter plays wheelchair basketball, which is how we met our host daughter the first time she came to America through Solace. When we found out she was coming back, we applied to be her new host family. Over the past 5 months we have learned so much from each other! My children's world has been broadened. Besides just learning about and connecting with another culture, they have developed a genuine sibling relationship with our host daughter. Instead of having an awkward "visitor" experience, the kids integrated her right in- which was probably a good thing, since sometimes children with disabilities get treated differently, whether it is in a good or bad way, by other people. Our host daughter has been encouraged by having a "sibling" with a disability, and they have been able to do lots of things together. My other kids are used to living with someone in a wheelchair, so they automatically adapt what they are doing to modify activities. Our house is completely accessible, so she has been able to work on daily life skills, and problem solve for how to adapt to her environment when she gets home. My kids have learned a little Farsi, and you can often hear them singing to a CD of songs in Farsi that we found for our host daughter. I homeschool, so despite the fact that the children on medical visas aren't able to attend school, we have all been able to work together on schoolwork anyway. I truly believe that people have to know how much you care before they care how much you know. If we are trying to help children and their families learn how to care for and manage their health conditions, they have to understand that we care about *them* more than we care about the strict imparting of knowledge. You can see this in the families that host, and also in the volunteer staff at Solace. To accomplish as much as they do, it is amazing what percentage of the work is done on a solely volunteer basis. If you donate to Solace, you know your money is not padding the pockets of a big CEO, it is really being used to help children.
Hello Everyone! I am Assila Afsharzada a former volunteer at Solace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Working with such an organization was a privilege for me. I experienced life-changing events with Solace Children. Seeing all those kids’ smiles and happiness made my days. All of them were a blessing for me. I hope anyone who is able to help this organization in any way do her/his best to give a hand. Those innocent children, who are born disabled or get injured during bombings, must not suffer from an illness that is curable. I believe these kids’ health and education are essential for a better Afghanistan.
Working as a volunteer at Solace was an opportunity in a difficult time. I was experiencing severe anxiety at the time, which I thought was the worst condition a person might face. Working at solace was the best treatment I could get.
Within few first days working at Kabul office we received the children who were returning from the summer program. Seeing them, I could never imagine they had any problems before. Even their families were stunned. I eventually learned that some of those children had suffered from severe health problems. I would never guess how bad their situations were while talking to them. Their hearts were full of hope and joy and they were passionate to share it.
Spending one year I realized how Solace changes the lives of such children and brings back joy to their families. Working at Solace made me confident to help and taught me to enjoy it. I believe many others who have been involved at solace feel the same and the collection of this feeling is strong enough to change the world.
This is Alireza Waheedi. I am really blessed being part of Solace. In 2013, I began working with Solace as a volunteer. Shortly after, I had the opportunity to work as Administration and Finance Officer. Thereby, I got more involved with the incredible job Solace was doing for the needy children and their families. I was witness of the transformation of fearful and desperate eyes into hopeful and grateful eyes. It was very difficult for me to see parents, whom their beloved ones were suffering from hard diseases and they were unable to do something for them, either because of poverty or lack of medical equipments. I have heard many of these families, telling me their only hope is Solace with God’s grace. Although I live in Germany now I love to continue my contribution with Solace. Anyone who reads this, be aware that Solace incredible work is needed in Afghanistan, both in the area of education and health and of course their contribution to peace building. Solace brings hopes and change lives.
I have been volunteering with Solace for the Children for over 15 years. The experience brings me so much joy and a sense of gratitude in my life. Because I photograph these children, sometimes more than once, I see the remarkable effects of health and love provided to them! Bridges are built between tribes, between girls and boys, never to be forgotten memories are created, giving these children hope for their future and the future of their country.
Hello Everyone!! My experience at the Solace for the children, I really enjoyed volunteering at this organization. I started working here since January 2014. My duty as a volunteer was to teach children. The children were always very happy and motivated to learn new things. They are really happy when some volunteers are around, they really enjoyed their presence.
Amazing volunteering experience at Solace! My time at the Peace House was rewarding one. It allowed me to integrate into the culture of helping rather than to be a spectator. Children were great! There are absolute bundles of joy and energy. My day to day routine consisted getting the children ready for learning computer skills. Thank you to entire Solace volunteering team and other related people for their kindness and great hospitality. This was a great experience. I would certainly recommend people to join Solace for affordable volunteering program in Afghanistan for life changing experiments.
This is Fardin Pouya, a former Volunteer and Peace Ambassador in Solace for the Children in Kabul in 2013. In my review, I would like to quote an old email that I had sent to my fellow Volunteers on 18/06.2013. I believe that children are not the only direct beneficiaries of the program; likewise, the program offers life changing experiences for those who take part in assisting the great mission of Solace for the children.
Let me express myself through a couple of words and share my true feelings as a member of the great family of Solace. For me, Solace has been the beginning of a new journey to the world of my within and to the land of children who are the wealthiest of all! They donate you with beautiful smiles and remind you that this life is a good opportunity to go beyond yourself and see the others next to you.
Nowadays, I am experiencing the best moments of my life among committed Peace Ambassadors and children whose daily growth inspires me to put more efforts to help them.
The Solace family rewards everyone with something valuable. Children recover and gain health while a Peace Ambassador like me finds his mission in life.
Thanks to everyone who has given a hand in building this great family.