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During her time at AFCECO, Pashtana has participated in a number of AFCECO initiatives, such as an intensive leadership workshop for all 9th-11th grade female students. In September 2010, as part of this workshop, along with two other top-performing AFCECO students, Pashtana was selected to travel to the U.S. to participate in a 3-month mentorship program. In 2014, AFCECO’s Founder and Chairperson Andeisha Farid delegated her then role of Executive Director to a Management Team composed of AFCECO graduates. Pashtana held the role of Chief Operations Manager. This was quite a challenging experience for all members of the Team including Pashtana, who soon grew into a committed and successful young administrator. As Chief Operations Manager, Pashtana travelled with AFCECO music students to Europe, the Middle East, Turkmenistan and recently Turkey. She also accompanied Andeisha on a 3-month fundraising tour to the US in 2015 during which she participated in several events as a keynote speaker and raised considerable funds for the orphanages.
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Pashtana will use the prize money to enhance the English class, artwork, music and dance programs in the orphanages in Kabul. The children in the orphanages need more music and recording instrument, dance costumes for the traditional Afghan dance and pain
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Pashtana was a child refugee and grew up in an AFCECO’s orphanage. Prior to joining the orphanage, she roamed the dusty streets and grimy alleyways of Peshawar city every day selling water in order to earn desperately needed money for their family based at a refugee camp.
Pashtana was selected as Executive Director in 2016. As Executive Director, Pashtana gives back to her society what has been given to her in the orphanage for 13 years. Pashtana feels her journey from street child in Peshawar to executive of a prestigious organization has been unbelievable.
The objective of AFCECO’s orphanages, where Pashtana is the Executive Director, is to provide a wide variety of resources to children in the orphanages, not settling on just a shelter where the children get free meals, but rather a safe home where they learn tolerance, respect for diversity, environmental sensitivity, respect for the rights of others, and strong values of integrity, honesty and caring. Their aim is to bring up the next generation of Afghan citizens, so badly affected by three decades of war, and to help them grow into strong, productive, thoughtful members of society.