ECI’s activities work toward a vision in which all Afghan children have a safe home in which to thrive, with equal access to healthcare and education. ECI contributes to this vision by:
-working with partners in Afghanistan to provide comprehensive residential care, including a safe and nurturing home, rent costs, staff salary costs, nutritional food, health and dental care, seasonal clothing, specialized equipment (ie, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), recreational activity, education and treatment to abandoned or orphaned disabled children;
-working with local partners to provide comprehensive capacity building through training (management, finance, specialized care), support, and mentoring to caregivers and mangers,
-working to prevent abandonment of children with disabilities and help reintegrate abandoned children with disabiltiies with their families through the in-home support program;
-and raising awareness of the needs of children with disabilities at all levels, from the community and government level in Afghanistan, to globally via outreach activities.
ECI activities currently benefit 22 Afghan children and youths that are living with a disability and abandoned or orphaned. ECI provides comprehensive residential services to support disabled orphans in one private care home in Kabul, Window of Hope, and works with the charity Children in Crisis to provide support to disabled orphans residing in the two state orphanages in Kabul, Allahuddin and Tahia Maskan. ECI also works to prevent institutionalization of children and reintegrate children with their families through a pilot program in Kabul province to enable families with special needs children to care for their children within the home.