Topic for Debate
City Orphans
Afghanistan provides a stark example of the impact of war on children. Here, a generation has been born into a country so ravaged by war that 1 of every 4 children dies before reaching age 5; the average life expectancy is 44, second lowest on the globe; nutrition levels are the poorest in the world; and primary school enrollments are the world's lowest, with the exception of Somalia, another country torn by tribal warfare. An estimated 60,000 children are in need of artificial limbs because of land mine and other war injuries (a report).

Children increasingly have become casualties of armed conflict. In the streets of Afghanistan's cities one finds thousands of homeless children, mostly orphans. They work in the streets and their earnings help support other family members; many sleep in the streets.

As part of 4th year architecture studio, I am proposing a medium-sized Kabul Orphanage Center for 50 children (ages 6-15 years old), composed of three distinct yet interrelated parts (Housing, Training, Care-takers) with shared services and activities.

I appreciate your contributions, especially with sources, papers, programs, projects, image, researches, and discussions related to orphanage in distressed zones such as Afghanistan. You may engage in the forum discussion or kindly email it directly to me at
Mehdi Sabet
City Orphans
Mehdi, that is a good thought. Insha-Allah you will succeed. Send me your Email Address, I will put it up on my website where those who want to donate or help you will contact you.
Haseeb Siddique (India)
Haseeb Siddique Shaikh
City Orphans
hello mehdi,
you may wanna look at SOS Children's villages projects world over. certainly most regions are not terrorism affected, but the plight of orphans is the same. in india itself, there are around 36 such villages, such as one at bhopal for orphans due to bhopal gas tragedy. these are not orphanages but creation of familial environs for them complete with a 'foster' mother (an in-charge who takes care of a large number of children) and brothers n sisters (other orphans).
all t best with ur efforts.
Shubhru Gupta
City Orphans
In addition to Shubhru's post, I would also like to add that in case you haven't yet, start looking at NGOs, educational institutions who are already doing similar work.

Take case studies of similar (Asian) environments (socio-cultural & economy) & look at others (European/..etc.) for any unique solutions.
Chitradeep Sengupta


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