Visits Afghan Orphans
By Staff Sgt.
Keith Thompson, USA
Special to AFPS
Jan 9 2004 – For Jamshid, a scholarly Afghan 7th grade student,
it was a big day – Americans were coming along with the
provincial police chief and other government officials to deliver
toys, clothes and supplies.
the big task of addressing the visitors on behalf of his school
and orphanage located in the mountain town of Gulbahar in Kapisa
really thankful for you guys coming," said Jamshid, thankful
for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Parwan Provincial Reconstruction
The team delivered
boxes of school supplies, clothes, candy and toys collected from
donations from the United States to the two orphanages.
delivery to the orphanages was the message that the Afghan government
and the U.S. military have the orphans’ interests in their hearts
and will not forget them, according to Army Maj. Carman Oldre,
Parwan PRT Civil Affairs Team commander.
tell by your hard work and the smiles on your faces … that
Afghanistan has a very bright future," said Oldre as she
addressed the children.
of the team also expressed their support for the humanitarian
aid program. "I think humanitarian aid is a good way to support
Afghanistan," said Capt. Kim In Soo, one of the Republic
of Korea Army soldiers on the Parwan PRT.
to Gul Agha, the principal for one of the orphanages, the supplies
were very much appreciated by both the teachers and children.
He said the supplies and clothes were needed and will be put to
good use during the school year.
Kim said the
humanitarian aid program is best used on orphanages and other
places where the need is great but resources are limited.
the Afghans just expect something for free when they see U.S.
or Korean soldiers," he said. "Orphanages and other
places that need welfare are where (humanitarian aid) should go."
With the supplies
going to the right place, Kim said the distribution went off without
very smooth," he said. "Sometimes we have difficulty
and the distribution is a mess, but today it was good."
Some of the
PRT members even had a chance to play with the children.
At one orphanage,
Oldre took time to teach all the children how to play the American
games of "Simon Says" and "Duck, Duck, Goose,"
while the children taught the PRT soldiers how to play the Afghan
game of "The Wolf and Sheep."
visit with the soldiers and government officials was short, Jamshid
will now have plenty of pens and paper to write any speeches for
future visits from the Afghan government or U.S. military.