The Connecticut Council of Vital Voices will present a talk by Andeisha Farid, the founder and executive director of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization, on Friday, Nov. 9.

It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Farid will discuss the current state of affairs for women and children in Afghanistan and the role she has played in helping to rebuild her country, according to a release.

Since 2004, the organization has provided a safe haven for Afghan children experiencing poverty, trauma and abuse. Today, it consists of 11 orphanages, has educated more than 600 children and employs nearly 200 people, many of them widows and university students, the release states.

Farid was born in 1983 during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the day her village was turned to rubble by a Soviet air strike. Her family fled to safety, taking refuge in a camp in a remote area of Iran; Farid remembers the camp as a "living graveyard" without clean water, medical facilities, education or protection, the release states.

After eight years, her parents sent her to the first of many refugee camps in Pakistan where she began her education and became determined to become a teacher. In 2002, while attending University in Islamabad, she began working with the local Afghan community.

Vital Voices Global Partnership is an international non-governmental organization that provides training and mentoring to innovative women leaders around the world, the release states. The council was established to support Vital Voices' work.

Farid was bestowed the 10,000 Women Entrepreneurial Achievement Award at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in 2010.

Suggested tax-deductible donation to attend the talk is $25 for adults and $5 for students.

For information on attending the talk, joining its Host Committee or to RSVP, contact Roberta Cooper at 203-227-8973 or robertacooper@optonline.net.