Students from Afghanistan's National Institute of Music and Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) performed a concert in Kabul on Friday attract financial help for orphanage children.
Dancing was also part of the concert and was warmly welcomed by the audiences.
"Without music people felt that they are deprived of important channels of communication, both in terms of emotional expression and in bringing people together to feel part of the community,” Noor Jahan Mawani, a representative of Agha Khan Development Network, said.
The AFCECO children are trained in Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music.
Gulalai is the first female sitar player in the country. She originally comes from Nuristan province, in the far east of Afghanistan.
She said her family is not completely agreed with her decision to continue learning music.
"AFCECO gives me lots of opportunities which Afghan girls don’t have. My experience in Maihan Orphanage is a long story to tell, or better to write a book about. This was not a simple home to live, Maihan is a world to me. Here you learn equality, here you see unity of Uzbek and Hazara” Gulalai said.
Head of AFCECO meanwhile said when the orphanage was founded, it had the capacity of 700 vulnerable children, but, he said after 2014 the orphanage faced financial problem and now it can take care of only 130 children.
“We sent back those children who at least have someone to look after them and we keep those who have no one to take care of them,” Palwasha Rasul, chairperson of the orphanage said.
In part of the concert, Afghan-made handicrafts were was put in display