03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NBC Viewers Donate Over $50,000 To Afghan Orphanage

NBC Nightly News viewers have raised more than $50,000 for an orphanage in Afghanistan, the program reported Tuesday. Last Friday, Nightly News aired the story of a remarkable orphanage in Kabul that is caring for 150 children who have lost their parents due to decades of war, bombing and the Taliban.

After airing the broadcast, NBC viewers responded in droves to support the nonprofit, to the point that the orphanage administrators were afraid their servers would crash from e-mail donations. In addition to thousands of dollars in one-time donations, viewers promised long-term sponsorships to 130 of the children at the orphanage:

The orphanage is sponsored by the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization, which operates nine orphanages and cares for 350 Afghan refugee children across Pakistan and Afghanistan. Visit their site to learn more about the organization or to sponsor a child at one of their orphanages.