15 Mar. 2009
PR# 2009-244

ISAF members make a difference to local orphanage

Kandahar, Afghanistan - Major Adrian Oldfield is surrounded by children during a visit to the Shahid Abdul Ahad Karzai Orphanage Centre on March 12, when ISAF troops delivered a donation of money and supplies on behalf of ISAF personnel. (ISAF photo)

KABUL, Afghanistan – Troops deployed to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command (RC) South visited the Shahid Abdul Ahad Karzai Orphanage Centre on March 12 to donate money raised through various fundraising events by personnel working at RC South Headquarters.

“We wanted to raise money for local charities, especially those that are dedicated to looking after children and to helping their communities,” said British Major Adrian Oldfield.

Kandahar, Afghanistan - Dutch Captain Ellen De Jonge greets children in the playground during a visit to the Shahid Abdul Ahad Karzai Orphanage Centre on March 12, when ISAF troops delivered a donation of money and supplies on behalf of ISAF personnel. (ISAF photo)

The first charity was the Khandahar City based Waden Drug Addiction Treatment Centre, which is dedicated to helping people of all ages overcome heroin addiction. The second charity to receive funds was the orphanage. A total of $1100 was raised for the orphanage (approximately 58,000 Afghani). While visiting the orphanage, ISAF personnel also distributed school supplies, clothing and soft toys to the children.

Principal Mohammad Zai welcomed ISAF personnel as they arrived at the orphanage. According to Oldfield, the visit “went really well and the children seemed happy with the gift.”

“We don’t have much to give to the children and rely on donations like this,” Zai said. “Myself and the children hope that more donations from ISAF will come again in the future.”

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