The American people are some of the most generous people in the world. Freely giving, without expecting anything in return, Americans have consistently helped meet the needs of those they will likely never meet in person. Operation “Share the Warmth” is an organization that embodies that generosity. Founded by an Airman deployed to Afghanistan, the organization’s intent is to provide warm clothing to Afghan men, women and children in need. Private American citizens, some with ties to the military, others without, send gloves, scarves, hats and coats to the deployed Airmen. They, in turn, make sure the clothing goes where it will make the most significant impact. The Wesley United Methodist Church in Georgia, Southeast Denver Rotary Club, Afghan American community in Denver and Greenwood Community Church also of Colorado are some of the other groups Spirit of America has partnered with to share the goodwill of the American people.

Over the course of the “fighting season”, which officially started a 5am on May 12th, Spirit of America has provided support to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and other security forces in multiple districts and villages. In one northeast location, the police checkpoints were at risk of being overrun on moonless nights because they didn’t have a way to illuminate the surrounding area. Spirit of America was able to provide solar panel kits and truck mounted spotlights to help secure the checkpoints. In another district, something as simple as multi-color lens glasses and headlamps allowed the Civil Mine Removal Group, an organization responsible for clearing IEDS on civilian roads, to detect IEDs more easily in low-light conditions.

During the time of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, formal education for boys was far from what it is today and girls were not allowed to attend school at all. Now, 12 years later, a conservative estimate is that 2 million girls, comprising roughly one third of the total student population, are attending schools across Afghanistan. Here is an update on how those 8 million students are doing.

During the time of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, formal education for boys was far from what it is today and girls were not allowed to attend school at all. Now, 12 years later, a conservative estimate is that 2 million girls, comprising roughly one third of the total student population, are attending schools across Afghanistan. Here is an update on how those 8 million students are doing.

A Civil Affairs team is working with the US Embassy and an American expat in Vietnam to address the vulnerabilities youth are facing there. One of the greatest challenges that Vietnamese children struggle with is the ability to receive quality education, specifically with regard to reading and writing in English. With your help, Spirit of America will be able to send books to give young people greater opportunities. 

A Civil Affairs team is working with the US Embassy and an American expat in Vietnam to address the vulnerabilities youth are facing there. One of the greatest challenges that Vietnamese children struggle with is the ability to receive quality education, specifically with regard to reading and writing in English. With your help, Spirit of America will be able to send books to give young people greater opportunities. 

A Bosnian soldier saves a child from rising flood waters. 
The Bosnian military has the manpower to refurbish a local school devastated by flooding, but they lack the materials to do so. With your help, Spirit of America can provide basic supplies to help the Bosnian military quickly and effectively react to the needs of its country’s most vulnerable people. 

A Bosnian soldier saves a child from rising flood waters. 

The Bosnian military has the manpower to refurbish a local school devastated by flooding, but they lack the materials to do so. With your help, Spirit of America can provide basic supplies to help the Bosnian military quickly and effectively react to the needs of its country’s most vulnerable people. 

Kenyan soldiers receive classroom instruction (photo courtesy of wordpress.com)
Civil Affairs training has been a focus of US efforts in Kenya. However, the Kenyan trainees needed our support to help cement the concepts of civil affairs in their minds. For a very small amount of money, Spirit of America could provide the materials needed to conduct a practical exercise at the end of training. Click here to read more and donate to this project.

Kenyan soldiers receive classroom instruction (photo courtesy of wordpress.com)

Civil Affairs training has been a focus of US efforts in Kenya. However, the Kenyan trainees needed our support to help cement the concepts of civil affairs in their minds. For a very small amount of money, Spirit of America could provide the materials needed to conduct a practical exercise at the end of training. Click here to read more and donate to this project.

Chris Clary, Spirit of America Project Manager, delivers soccer nets to a soccer field used by local children.

SoA/US Team Help Restore Trust in Yemen

Observing a significant amount of misinformation amongst the local population regarding the intentions and services provided by the Yemeni Military Regional Command, a team of US Government personnel came up with a simple but effective solution to restore trust in the area. With the help of SoA, the team was able to organize a public panel discussion in which members of the local government, NGOs, and community leaders could ask questions and raise concerns with the Regional Military leadership.