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Afghanistan American Friendship Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Education, International, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: AAFF partners with the people of Afghanistan, assisting communities in rebuilding and restoring hope to their country. We make this vision a reality by: 1. Providing training to improve the lives of individuals, including teacher training, technology education, and healthy living initiatives. 2. Contributing to Afghanistan’s infrastructure as requested by the government, constructing community wells, building schools, and establishing technology training centers.

Results: To date, AAFF has built or refurbished 13 schools in Afghanistan, including the award-winning Gohar Khaton girls' school. We have implemented five technology education centers for students, a teacher training institute, and an early marriage prevention program for young women.

Target demographics: communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,000 students

Geographic areas served: Afghanistan

Programs: school and freshwater well construction, teacher training centers, technology education centers, and leadership development classes

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Allen14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AAFF h as a remarkable vision! The schools which they build and the teachers they help train are deeply impacting communities committed to stabilization of their nation. Having seen first hand the classrooms, listened to the teachers, heard the joy of students being given opportunity to learn and dream....it's magical! The staff is handing local people the keys to changing our world! It's incredible to be a part of something so profound!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great charity with great people. AAFF digs dozens of wells every year and have changed the lives of thousands of Afghanis over the course over decades of service.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a heart for the people of Afghanistan these folks have! They have poured their lives into helping them, and their efforts have been very fruitful. As I have read of the difficulties they've faced and the courage and determination they have had to stick with the task, I have come to respect them so very much. And I am not alone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

AAFF is providing needed services in a area that is hard to work in. They work with and through the local community and have gained respect with local leaders, neighbors, and the surrounding area. I'm proud to support this work.

1 Amanda253

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AAFF does incredible work in an incredibly difficult region. Their long term commitment speaks volumes about their character.

1 Liz_90

Donor

Rating: 5

They are doing beautiful work for beautiful people! Bringing water and consequently health to many people.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

AAFF is looking toward the future by providing schools for Afghan children and wells for families to have clean water.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

AAFF has and continues to help meet the needs of the people of Afghanistan by providing clean drinking water, building schools and computer centers for the education of students and by truly caring for the people who live in these communities. I continue to be amazed at the accomplishments of this organization and will continue to support the amazing work that they do.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AAFF is making a difference through community development efforts, building relationships, educating students and teachers, providing clean drinking water, and continuing to build on a solid history of work in this country. We appreciate the cooperation and support of the local government and hope to continue this relationship. More schools are needed and AAFF will continue to hold education as one of its core values. AAFF is a lean organization that is well-managed and poised for growth in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The director has gained the respect of the citizens and the government in Afghanistan by being the transparent and caring person that he is. He listens to the needs of the people around him with compassion, and has a sense for how the organization can help, whether it's building a school or digging a well. Any of the projects taken on by AAFF are done well and with pride.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAFF is making a real difference in the lives of Afghanistan. In 2012, they built 25 wells. In 2013, they built 5 more wells, providing water for 15,000 families. In 2015, they finished the Gohar Khatoon girls' school, which has received community praise, national recognition, and architectural awards. Best of all, the employees and work are all done by nationals, making sure the benefits are going back to the community. I love this organization.