Spirit of America Field Rep Chris Clary had the opportunity to distribute school supplies and hang up a new volleyball net with Army Civil Affairs soldiers during his last week in Afghanistan.

Spirit of America Field Rep Chris Clary had the opportunity to distribute school supplies and hang up a new volleyball net with Army Civil Affairs soldiers during his last week in Afghanistan.

Boys in one of the outdoor classrooms in Afghanistan show off their new backpacks and other school supplies distributed by US Army Civil Affairs soldiers and Spirit of America.

Boys in one of the outdoor classrooms in Afghanistan show off their new backpacks and other school supplies distributed by US Army Civil Affairs soldiers and Spirit of America.

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.