The Children’s Pavilion in Kabul was built in 2008 to welcome children with their parents and to offer them free access to medical and surgical care. Last 3 November, the Children’s Pavilion celebrated its ten years of existence in the presence of Mr Eric Cheysson (chairman of La Chaîne de l’Espoir), Her Excellency Nurjehan Mawani (diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan Development Network - AKDN), Mr Lee Hilling (chairman of the Board of Directors of The French Medical Institute for Mothers & Children (FMIC) and Mrs Anouchka Finker (Assistant Director-General of La Chaîne de l’Espoir).
More than 100 people joined the festivities including the partners from AKDN, the medical staff of the French Medical Institute for Mothers & Children (FMIC), members of the Canadian Embassy, leaders and actors of French and local NGOs working with La Chaîne de l’Espoir and employees from the Children’s Pavilion and from La Chaîne de l’Espoir.
Over 8,000 child beneficiaries
This ceremony highlighted the 10 years of activity of the Kabul’s Children’s Pavilion: since its opening in 2008, more than 8,000 children have been operated on and 50,000 children have had a medical consultation. In order to thank all those who have contributed to the success of this project, every employee of the Children’s Pavilion has received a certificate of recognition from Eric Cheysson. Child beneficiaries have also played a central role during this evening of celebration: 20 children each carrying one of the letters of “La Chaîne de l’Espoir” paraded in front of the guests and three children treated 10 years ago were invited to testify.
All the guests blew out the candles of this wonderful anniversary that will remain etched in memories. We wish to pay tribute to the efforts of all the people who have contributed to the project and to the Afghan and French governments, the Aga Khan Development Network, La Chaîne de l’Espoir and all the medical and non-medical staff involved in the last 10 years.
We wish a long and beautiful life to The French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul and above all to all the children who have already been treated over the last 10 years!