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Revisiting an Afghanistan orphanage

As the security in Afghanistan crumbles, 'Nightly' returns to an orphanage that Brian Williams first visited in 2009 to find girls with big dreams who are focused on getting into college.

Tonight NBC Nightly News returned to an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan that Brian Williams first visited in 2009.

Oct. 30: Andeisha Farid is making a difference in a dangerous place, providing a safe haven in Afghanistan. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

The orphans live together under the care of Andeisha Farid who has made it her life's work to help them. Most of the children lost their parents to war, but thanks to Farid's efforts, a happy place arose from tragedy. And despite living in a dangerous war zone, the children were well cared for.  

Oct. 30: Brian swaps eyewear with one of the girls at the Kabul orphanage.

Generous viewers wanted to help after they saw the report, and the donations streamed in. 

"I just ran from home to office to check the emails and most of the emails were one-time donations and sponsorships for the children," Farid told "Nightly" in 2009.  

Just a few days after the broadcast, viewers had donated more than $50,000. Of the 150 children who were in need of sponsors 130 of them were sponsored by "Nightly" viewers. 

Nov. 3: The children from a Kabul orphanage who were featured in a recent Nightly News report spent the weekend writing thank-you notes to the viewers who reached out to help. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) is an Afghan non-profit organization based in Kabul, founded by a group of volunteers in 2001. They are working with international partners in the United States, Italy and Australia on projects that benefit Afghan children. The Child Sponsorship Program is one of the successful projects they started in 2004 through a partnership with CharityHelp International (CHI), a U.S.-based organization.

If you would like to make a donation online or sponsor an Afghan child, please visit:  https://www.charityhelp.org/afceco

P.O. Box 5820
Kabul, Afghanistan