The Afghan Orphan Project

The Orphanage

Our goal is to fund, build, and sustain the largest orphanage in Afghanistan, the "Khalakhan Orphanage".

In Afghanistan, an overwhelming number of children are abandoned, orphaned, abused and living on the streets. The care of orphans and street children is among the primary concerns of the TAO Project.

We are raising funds to build an orphanage in the Khalakhan district, near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Once built, this will be the largest orphanage in Afghanistan. It will provide a safe home and beginning education to 1,000 orphaned children (500 girls and 500 boys).

This project is already receiving tremendous support.

The Afghanistan Ministry of Social Work and Affairs has set aside 50 acres of land dedicated for the orphanage.

Our non-profit director, Ahmed Shah, met with the village of Khalakhan and shared the vision.

The villagers agreed to donate their labor each Friday, the Islamic holy day, to the building of the Khalakhan Orphanage.

Development of the rough grade property in Khalakhan is currently underway. We are organizing a team in Afghanistan which can manage and oversee the development of the Khalakhan Orphanage property.

Once built, we will help to establish a permanent Afghanistan organization responsible for the administration of the orphanage.

Ahmed Shah will serve as Director of the Khalakan Orphanage and work closely with TAO Project to manage foreign assistance and fundraising.

We have commissioned the production of a feature-length documentary that will chronicle this ongoing humantarian drive.

This documentary will be used as a fundraising vehicle for the orphanage, to foster further humanitarian aid, and to raise national and global awareness of our cause.

We need your help!

The Khalakhan Orphanage cannot be built without significant donations, both of time and money. To fund this project, we have created this non-profit organization.

With your support we will be able to raise the funds necessary to begin construction of this life-saving orphanage.

To find out more about how you can become a part of the TAO Project by volunteering or making a donation, please visit our donation page.


As a result of nearly three decades of war in Afghanistan, there are more than two million children who are orphans and over 600,000 children sleep on streets.

Over 400,000 children are maimed from land mines and over 1,000,000 children suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

One in ten Afghan children are severely malnourished, more than half suffer from stunted growth, and one in every four children dies before age five - the fourth highest level in the world (UNICEF).

50% of the Afghan population is less than 18 years of age with almost no education.

- Afghanistan Dept. of Orphanages

Afghanistan has the fourth highest level of malnutrition in the world.

Diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections (conditions exasperated by malnutrition) account for around 41 per cent of all child deaths, and one in three Afghan children suffer from iodine deficiency.

A shortage of safe drinking water adds to the already weak health status of many children.

60% of homes don't have safe drinking water, and in total, only 13% of the population of Afghanistan has access to safe drinking water.


Overall, Afghanistan's infant mortality rate is alarmingly high at 163 per 1,000 live births (UNICEF).

Measles is a major cause of child death. In late 2001, Afghanistan had the second highest measles mortality rate in the world.

Tetanus (which often results from unsanitary conditions at delivery) is a leading killer of mothers and their newborn babies.

Women and children have suffered the horrors of kidnapping, child trafficking, organ harvesting, sexual abuses and child labor in addition to appalling humiliation and degradation.

- Afghanistan Dept. of Orphanages

There are ways in which U.S. citizens can help the children of Afghanistan.

Many American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Afghanistan say that what is needed most at this time are financial contributions.

Individuals who wish to assist can do the most good by making a financial contribution to an established NGO that will be well placed to respond to Afghanistan's most urgent needs, including those related to the country's children.

- U.S. Department of State

Find out how you can help HERE!