By Ken Trainor
Anne Smedinghoff, the 25-year-old River Forest native, Fenwick grad, and State Department foreign service officer who was killed last April in Afghanistan while bringing books to a local school, was recently named one the most notable deaths of 2013 by the Washington Post.
Anyone wishing to honor Anne Smedinghoff's memory can support the following organizations:
Aschiana Foundation: To provide education and training to working street children through Aschiana in Afghanistan — aschiana-foundation.org/index.php.
Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund: To aid young Afghan women who seek a college education in the U.S. — agfaf.org.
Help the Afghan Children: Dedicated to improving the lives of children in Afghanistan through quality education and helping them become educated, healthy, productive citizens — helptheafghanchildren.org.
SOLA, Afghanistan (School of Leadership, Afghanistan): Dedicated to furthering education and leadership opportunities in Afghanistan and the world for the new generation, especially women — sola-afghanistan.org.