Almost three years ago I was deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard. Although I am in an attack helicopter unit, I was fortunate to spend much of my time helping with and documenting humanitarian aid efforts, (I am also an aspiring filmmaker). I had the awesome experience of visiting a remote village and meeting some of the most wonderful and humble people that have ever crossed my path.
Upon returning home, along with fellow veterans who were deployed with me, we wanted to continue helping the people of this beautiful nation. The country has been torn apart by war, many children have become orphans. It is estimated that there are over 2 million orphans in Afghanistan. We decided to create a non-profit, The Afghanistan Orphanage Project (TAO Project), to try and build one of the largest orphanages in Afghanistan. We’ve already been able to facilitate life-changing surgeries for some village children and have distributed over 200 tons of humanitarian aid supplies.
Our goal is an immense challenge, but after spending a year in Afghanistan, and seeing how much they need our help, we are committed to this cause. Helping children is one of the best ways to ensure a brighter and more peaceful future for our world.