March 04, 2011 10:30 ET

MEDIA ALERT: American Educator Ian Pounds Gives Presentation "Rethinking Afghanistan One Orphan at a Time" in San Francisco Saturday, March 5 -- Meet Pashtana, an Afghan Orphan

Pound's Lecture Tour Across the U.S. Includes Many Shared Stories About Teaching Afghan Orphans & Deeper Insights About Real Life in Afghanistan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) -


In Afghanistan, one out of every twelve children have lost both of their parents. Seven out of ten people are illiterate. Knowing this, educator Ian Pounds has committed himself to supporting these children, even at the risk of his own life. In 2009, he synced up with the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) and moved to Kabul, Afghanistan where he works inside the network of 11 orphanages. He teaches English, drama, photography and computer skills to hundreds of the orphans living in them. Together, Ian and Pashtana, an AFCECO orphan, will share stories about real life in Afghan orphanages, the political situation there, the status of Afghan women and the girl's first experiences in America as part of a recently developed Women's Leadership Training Program. These are the kinds of stories that aren't shared every day in the mainstream media. The goal of Pound's recent visits across the U.S. is to raise awareness and support for a very unique program and its vision for a free and secure Afghanistan. These are also fundraising events, but donations are not mandatory.

In San Francisco, the presentation begins at 1:00 p.m. PT and will include a live talk and video footage showing life inside the orphanages. There will also be a Q&A session to follow and a chance to meet Ian and Pashtana.


Ian Pounds, an American educator in Afghanistan and Pashtana, a child that lives inside an Afghan orphanage.


Saturday, March 5, 2011
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT -- lecture, video footage, Q&A
Also available on Friday, March 4 for interviews


JCCSF of San Francisco
3200 California St. @ Presidio, SF, CA
Gallanter Hall, 2nd Floor


For more information:
Blog by Ian Pounds: 

Contact Information

    Allyson Stinchfield
    CharityHelp International / AFCECO PR
    Mobile: (415) 515-9186