9) A budget adjustment and update (Feb. 20, 2013)

As many of you know, the House of Flowers was in a funding crisis at the end of 2012. The staff showed their true dedication to the children by absorbing a reduction of the budget and taking a salary cut until we were able to financially stabilize the House’s situation. Thanks to the enormous outpouring from donors , we have managed to pull back from the brink and are now feeling much more stable.

So last week we told the staff that beginning next month (March) they will each get a solid raise. This is to help them deal with the steadily increasing cost of living in Kabul as well as recognize their full dedication to the children.

This increases the annual House budget to nearly $70,000. Click here to see the full budget and explanation.

We are continuing to raise funds since we are not yet at our annual goal, so please, help out in any way you can. We are especially looking for people who are willing to commit to a level of monthly support.

Click here to find out how to become a member. And click here to see how to donate.

 

8) The kids go bowling with the Rotary Club in Kabul – Results! (Feb.13 & 20, 2013)

The New Rotary Club’s Bowling for Children fundraiser was a wonderful success in Kabul this week, as it became Bowling with Children! Fahim and Nik Mohammad took several of the older kids, arriving in a mini-bus at 4:30 and staying til 9:30. It sounds like they had a great time, and here are some pictures to show it. (And the bowling alley is pretty impressive, too.)

Thank you SO much to Kevin Avers and the New Rotary Club for their great effort in pulling off such a neat event in Kabul for the House of Flowers. We don’t know yet how much money was raised, but the experience itself was priceless for the children. (February 13)

***It’s now February 20, and recently we learned that over $1900 were raised that evening!! A great haul for such a short time, with the added benefits of getting more people involved with the House of Flowers, meeting the children, and giving the children a great time and new experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) MEPO’s work goes beyond the House of Flowers (Feb. 2013)

Even though the House of Flowers is the major project of MEPO, our work and mission has always been to reach out to those in need who are the unseen, who fall through the cracks. Whether it’s a poor village family in Bhutan that can’t make ends meet, or a terribly sick young boy whose family can’t afford hospitalization in India, MEPO specializes in small-scale, individual support to help families and individuals get through a rough time in their lives.  Donations are needed for this vital work as well.

For more details, click here

Arjun, a very sick boy in Varanasi, India,  whom Mostafa treated at a clinic in January. MEPO provided extra food for him as well as payment for his hospitalization. He is on his way to recovery.

6) Bowling for Children! (Feb. 7, 2013)

The title may sound a bit strange, but thanks to Kevin Avers and the New Rotary Club in Kabul, it is the announcement of a fundraiser for the House of Flowers at a bowling alley in Kabul, advertised on their fun flyer below.

It is the first fundraiser organized for the House in Kabul itself, and it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Who could have imagined going out for a night of bowling in Afghanistan? And yet that’s what lots of people (we hope!) will do on Feb. 11 in Kabul. Thank you to Kevin and his group for organizing this great event in support of the House.

We hope to hear more news of creative fundraisers; let us know what you do!