About ARO

Afghanistan Relief Organization (ARO), a U.S.-based non-profit organization, founded in 1998 and registered under 501(c)(3) and Afghanistan as well in the capacity of all humanitarian support for disadvantaged people of Afghanistan. ARO is managed and operated by volunteers, both Afghan Americans and Americans of all backgrounds and faiths. We bring people together in a common goal to aid our fellow man. Help Build Hope in Afghanistan!

Afghanistan Relief Organization’s sole purpose is to serve and help needy people (women,
children, the elderly and the disabled) throughout Afghanistan by providing basic relief needs
(e.g. clothing, medical supplies, food, hygiene supplies) and educational and professional
support. ARO established its own educational and training center in Kart -e- Char, Kabul Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in early 2002. In 2006, ARO established its most important branch –the Vocational Training Center in a separate building in Kabul. Enrollment in all sections is free at ARO in order to enable low-income children to receive a quality education. ARO gives priority to schoolchildren, girls and youths of refugee returnees. Besides, ARO provides school supplies at no cost to all students.

Currently the Center has more than 500 students who study English, mathematics, and basic computer skills in Kart-e-Char and Shahrak Omid Sabz. In addition, vocational skills including auto mechanics, tailoring, carpentry, plumbing, nursing, electronics and computer repair are offered. Special classes prepare high school graduates for university entrance examinations, and classes in Dari for illiterate adults. ARO has developed a sports program for children and young adults of both boys and girls. There are more than 200 students partaking in karate, Judo, Teak Won Do, Wushu and Volleyball. As well as in 2006, ARO has opened a new class in which Pashto language is taught and Cultural Session (Kolba-e-Mawlana) in which students are trained and taught Masnavi, Dari literature and ancient history and culture of ancient Ariana. Late in 2007, ARO has launched a class of Arts, in which 30 students are trained for one hour daily.
It is worthy to mention that ARO is has already proven its capacity in implementing Vocational Projects. We have a team of professional teachers. All our teachers hold their BA, some with specialization in vocational sections. In addition, they all have an 8-10-year extensive experience in teaching previous Access English Microscholarship Program Classes.
The Afghanistan Relief Organization (ARO) has worked on relief efforts in Afghanistan since 1998. After late 2001, hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) began arriving in Afghanistan to participate in reconstruction. In 2005, the new Afghan government began a careful review and re-registration process to determine which organizations were contributing programs beneficial to recovery efforts.

In early February 2006, the Afghan government renewed the operating licenses of about 160 NGOs, out of approximately 1600 NGOs that arrived in country in early 2002. By the end of 2007, registered NGOs or PVOs operating in Afghanistan are numbered at approximately 1,000, with a requirement by the government of Afghanistan for formal reporting on project work.
The Afghanistan Relief Organization was the tenth NGO re-registered and remains in good standing. The programs and relief trips by American volunteers have been reported in Orange Coast Magazine, the Orange County Register, CNN, and The LA Weekly, among other publications.

We applaud our volunteers and staff for their hard work and due diligence!

We have over a ten-year experience in conducting different educational and vocational programs at different levels. We have all the necessary capacity needed for implementation of the project. As we were already a good implementing partner, we would a better partner in the future. We are committed to keep up to highest standards.