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Jacques and Ariane, a French couple, founded Le Pélican. Before coming to Afghanistan, they owned and ran a successful bakery business in their hometown in France. Tragedy struck when their only child developed leukemia and passed away at the age of 10.  Devastated, they determined to end their lives. But finding faith in God led them to dedicate their lives instead to helping needy children. After serving in Albania, they arrived in Afghanistan in 2000 to work for a humanitarian NGO that served the poor. As they worked, the couple observed the desperate plight of children on the streets. They determined to start their own NGO to more effectively meet the needs of Afghanistan's impoverished children. They returned to France, raised funds, and formed a board of directors for their new NGO, Le Pélican. The organization started with just 14 children but steadily grew to include the hundreds it serves today.

Sadly in November 2013 Jacques died of cancer following a short period of sickness.  After a few months of grieving, Ariane returned to carry on the work of Le Pelican in March of 2014.  She has overseen the continued expansion of Le Pelican's work.

Le Pélican now employs 56 Afghan staff members, including an administrator, teachers, a driver, cooks and cleaning personnel.  Ariane has also welcomed the assistance of expatriate staff members who have come to Afghanistan to assist her.  There is always a need for more help, especially from those with administrative, mechanical, educational, sign language, and baking skills.

"As they worked, the couple observed the desperate plight of children on the streets and determined to start their own NGO to more effectively meet the needs of Afghanistan's impoverished children."