When most Americans hear talk of Afghanistan their thoughts directly turn to Osama bin Laden and the war on terrorism. However, the musical group LittleHouse is shining a spotlight on a much different image from the Central Asian country. There are many Afghani people who dream of one day experiencing America and its freedoms. Two teenage Afghani girls are fortunate enough to see that dream come to fruition via an American education.
Alumni of Simsbury’s Ethel Walker School donated tuition costs to host two 14-year-old Afghani girls. While the gift was incredibly generous, it does not cover day-to-day expenses incurred by the girls, including any medical expenses. Upon learning of their plight, Joe Patrina, lead singer and founder of LittleHouse, immediately took action forming The Afghan Girls Fund.
“Most people don’t associate anything positive with Afghanistan,” said Patrina. “I saw this as an opportunity to a build bridge of opportunity for these two young girls.”