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"Centipede children" send USD 10,000 to Afghanistan

Czech children, participants of the "On Own Feet - Centipede" movement, send their humanitarian gift to Afghan children for projects realised by the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) group of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, Afghanistan.

The voluntary humanitarian and peace movement “On Own Feet – Centipede“, led by its founder Bela Gran Jensen, is focused on helping children by children. Thousands of children and hundreds of teachers have participated in the movement since 1990 not only from the Czech Republic, but also from Norway, Poland and Slovakia.

"Centipede children" send 10,000 USD to Afghanistan

The Centipede movement funds its projects through selling Christmas Cards painted by children, selling small-scale art objects made by children, organising fund-raising campaigns and receiving gifts.

Cooperation of the Centipede movement with the Czech military has a very long tradition. It dates back to war conflicts in the Balkans, where the Centipede helped children along with Czech soldiers for example in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in Kosovo.

In case of Afghanistan, the Centipede helps predominantly in schooling, education of girls and women, and in a health care area. Czech soldiers of the CIMIC group, 9th Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, will use the amount of ten thousand dollars for purchase of textbooks, teaching and painting aids and their distribution to elementary and high schools in the region. The Centipede help opens hearts of local people for Czech soldiers, because these projects contribute to development of the Logar Province and improve quality of life of people.

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Posted: May 7, 2012


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  • Sister Dominika, a CIMIC member, and Bela Gran Jensen in front of a group of 10th Unit of PRT advance party at the Prague-Kbely Airport before departure to Afghanistan  Sister Dominika, a CIMIC member, and Bela Gran Jensen in front of a group of 10th Unit of PRT advance party at the Prague-Kbely Airport before departure to Afghanistan Sister Dominika, a CIMIC member,…
  • Bela Gran Jensen (right) hands over the financial gift to a CIMIC member of 10th Unit of PRT Logar advance party to be used in favour of children in Afghanistan Bela Gran Jensen (right) hands over the financial gift to a CIMIC member of 10th Unit of PRT Logar advance party to be used in favour of children in Afghanistan Bela Gran Jensen (right) hands over…
  • Distribution of teaching aids from the Centipede during a recent Czech PRT project in Logar, Afghanistan Distribution of teaching aids from the Centipede during a recent Czech PRT project in Logar, Afghanistan Distribution of teaching aids from…
  • Textbooks bought for Logar children during a recent Czech PRT CIMIC project Textbooks bought for Logar children during a recent Czech PRT CIMIC project Textbooks bought for Logar children…
  • CIMIC members of both 9th and 10th PRT Logar CIMIC members of both 9th and 10th PRT Logar CIMIC members of both 9th and 10th…