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Review for Afghan Child Project, Ashland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A former 100% scholarship kid, I routinely contribute to the schools that forty years ago gave me a chance at higher education. But when considering other charities I ask:

--does the charity have personal meaning for me?
--does the charity have a competent leader/organization?
--is my contribution going to the charitable purpose, rather than to overhead and salaries? and
--will my contribution make a difference?

The Afghan Child Project works in a remarkably simple manner. Donors send winter coats, stuffed animals, medical textbooks, cash donations, whatever, to the ACP and ACP volunteers in Afghanistan carry the donations directly to the Afghan women and children. There are no organizational salaries or overhead. Miscellaneous expenses are paid for by founder Will Sherman from his own pocket. 100% of donors’ contributions go directly to the health and education of Afghan women and children.

Founder Will Sherman is an idealist and a visionary who uses the organizational skills of an attorney and the practical intelligence of a pilot to bring his ideals and visions into reality. I sent a box of medical textbooks to ACP and a month later was e-mailed a photo of medical personnel opening the box and smiling at the textbooks. I sent a contribution to ACP for a mine-clearing operation and was later e-mailed a photograph of a smiling ACP volunteer sitting on abandoned Russian tank sitting in the middle of the newly-cleared minefield.

It is a delight to check the website and find photos of the founder, Will Sherman, in a bunny suit(!), handing donated stuffed animals in schools and hospitals to delighted Afghan children. ( I wish the Afghan Child Project would send out monthly or quarterly reports to its donors). I feel a personal link to this charity, and every time there’s a report of some new tragedy in Afghanistan I feel good about knowing I’m doing at least a little something to help the ACP make things better for the mothers and children in Afghanistan.

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