RoCK Tim Martin presents Director of the Afghan-
Canadian Community Centre Ehsanullah Ehsan
with a certificate of appreciation.
At a recent event held to celebrate the achievements of the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) partners in Kandahar, the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre was recognized for the vital role it played as part of the Kandahar Local Initiatives Program.
Tim Martin, Representative of Canada in Kandahar, presented the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre’s Director, Ehsanullah Ehsan, with an official achievement certificate to commemorate his many accomplishments. Martin praised the efforts of the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre in providing job-oriented education to men and women in Kandahar and recognized the valued partnership between CIDA and the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre.
Martin explained, “before we depart, CIDA wishes to take an opportunity to recognize the partnership and progress we have shared with you.” Although CIDA’s development mission in Kandahar is nearly complete and will be moving on to Kabul, CIDA’s partnership with the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre will continue. On International Women’s Day 2011, the Government of Canada announced a $250,000 grant that will help the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre assist a greater number of students while the organization moves toward self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Afghan-Canadian Community Centre students, parents and teachers took this opportunity to give a surprise thank-you to employees from CIDA for its ongoing support, presenting them with a friendship carpet and a thank-you banner signed by over 100 students and staff members. Ehsan also gave a speech highlighting the importance of international friends such as the in developing a peaceful and progressive Afghanistan.
Ehsan stated that, “hundreds of us at the Afghan Canadian Community Center Kandahar are proud of the existing partnership and appreciative of your very generous humanitarian assistance in enabling many of us to be equipped with very valuable education that has helped many of us to live a better life.”