The Khaled Hossieni Foundation
photo © UNHCR

 

ABOUT / Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you start the Foundation?

Thank you for your interest in a cause that is dear to my heart. This foundation was inspired by a 2007 trip that I made to Afghanistan as a Goodwill Envoy for the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency). I met repatriated refugee families who lived on less than $1 per day, spent winters in tents or holes dug underground, and whose villages routinely lost ten to fifteen children to the elements every winter. As a father myself, I was overwhelmed and heartbroken to witness such suffering. I decided, when I returned to the U.S., that I would make an effort to advocate for these people and improve their conditions.

The refugees I met did not ask for charity. They were a resilient, hard-working, and resourceful people, eager to rebuild their country and put the dark past behind them. What they asked for was access to some very basic resources, shelter and education foremost among them, so they could work to fulfill their own dreams and hopes. My foundation’s goal is to provide the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan –women, children, and refugees- with the opportunity to do just that. I know that providing them with shelter and access to education will give them a sense of control over their lives and allow them to begin rebuilding their broken country.


What does your Foundation do?

The work we do is integrally aligned with our mission.

Our mission:
The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. The Foundation supports projects which provide shelter to refugee families and economic and education opportunities for women and children. In addition, the Foundation awards scholarships to students who have migrated to the United States under refugee status and to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan.

Some of our past and recent accomplishments include:

  • In 2009 funds donated by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation resulted in the completion of UNHCR shelters providing benefit to people.
  • A scholarship was awarded to a student attending University of California Berkeley that entered the US under adverse circumstances for the 2009 / 2010 academic year.
  • A scholarship will be provided to the American University of Afghanistan to assist Afghan women seeking a higher education in the region for the 2009 / 2010 academic year.
  • Funding provided to Trust in Education in 2008 and 2009 helped:
  • support 29 teachers enabling them to teach 849 children (of which 602 are girls),
  • the building of a classroom by villagers in the Lalander region,
  • the distribution of seeds and fertilizer to farmers increasing their production by 3 to 4x normal capacity,
  • the implementation of the Aschiana program in Kabul to benefit and educate street children enabling TIE to support 60 children in addition to supplying all computer equipment for a computer class for the children), and
  • the completion of an irrigation project that will benefit over 60 families (an estimated 360 people).
  • Three classrooms for Trust in Education’s latest project, Zohra’s School for Girls, were sponsored by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation in 2010.
  • The Khaled Hosseini Foundation provided funding to Afghan Friends Network. The funds were allocated to the Khurasan Learning Center at Qalai Qadam and allowed on average, 230 girls from grades 9 through 12 to receive education from April 2009 to March 2010.
  • Funding was provided to Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation that assisted with opening The Zabuli Education Center for Women and Girls. The center provides education for roughly 250 girls in the village of Deh’Subz.
  • The Foundation provided funds that aided the UNHCR in renovating and / or constructing 41 classrooms for refugee children from Darfur in Mile and Kounoungou refugee camps in Chad. This resulted in the ability for 3,394 students to enroll in school in the Kounoungou camp and 4,601 students to enroll in the Mile camp in 2008 / 2009.

We carefully select grantees and perform a wide array of due diligence before contemplating the support of any projects.


Where do you feel your Foundation makes the most significant impact?

Our work focuses on those segments of the population that have been notoriously neglected and underserved in the past, women, children and recent returnees to the country. We strive to give these groups opportunities by fulfilling some of their most basic needs; shelter from the elements and a safe place to receive an education.


How involved are you in your Foundation?

I am involved with the Foundation on a daily basis. This is for a variety of reasons, one I am deeply moved by the work that needs to be done to help the women, children and recent returnees of Afghanistan and two, I am married to the Chairperson to the Board and my sister-in-law is the Executive Director of the Foundation. This leads to many impromptu meetings and discussions of Foundation business.


How can students or others with limited financial resources support the Foundation?

If you are interested, please find a few suggestions below on how to support The Khaled Hosseini Foundation:

  • Become a part of the SOS (Student Outreach for Shelters) program. Review the materials at our SOS site and become an advocate to encourage your school to participate in its own campaign.
  • If you have a Facebook presence, please post The Khaled Hosseini Foundation's Cause to your profile:
    http://apps.facebook.com/causes/332017/77385017?m=cc366e79
    You can also become a member of my Facebook Fan Page at:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/khfoundation?ref=ts
    While these things may seem insignificant they can go a long way towards raising awareness about my Foundation and the work we are trying to do.
  • Should you be interested in holding a fundraiser to benefit The Khaled Hosseini Foundation I have some suggestions below:
  • Bake Sale
  • Musical night or talent show
  • Raffle or Bingo night
  • Dog wash or car wash
  • Hold a skills auction – offer to provide skilled handyman services, cook a homemade meal, cleaning or ironing services, concierge for an hour to help run errands or make appointments, etc.
  • Register good quality, gently used items with a consignment store or sell items on eBAY or other reputable online selling vehicles
  • Coffee morning or pancake breakfast for your friends or colleagues
  • Quiz or game night with friends or family (pay to play)
  • Sponsored tech free time – If you are a frequent cell phone, blackberry or video game system user have family or friends sponsor you for periods of time when you do not use these devices. Provides a great way to have "unplug" and reconnect with family and friends.
  • Hold a "guess how many" contest with a small prize – i.e. guess how many balloons are in the car, jelly beans in the jar, etc.
  • Recycling drive – a way to donate while reducing our footprint on the environment.
  • Sponsored athletic event or challenge (Walk-a-thon, biking, push-ups, etc).
  • Register for donations rather than gifts for that next special occasion.
  • Place a jar at your desk for donations or a basket of snacks colleagues can pay for.
  • Hold a barbeque with face painting or balloon tosses.
  • Sponsored silence – have friends and family sponsor you for an hour, day, etc of silence for those big talkers.
  • Ask friends and family to donate an hour of their salary.
  • Work to assemble a line of coins and ask folks to contribute to the line – you can have people sponsor you for every foot of coins you are able to assemble and donate the coins as well.
  • Bag packing – Ask a local super market to allow you and your friends or colleagues (6-20) to pack shopping bags at the shoppers request and ask for a donation.

The Foundation can provide bookmarks for your event. Additionally, you are welcome to review and use any information on this website.


Do you have any Volunteer or Internship opportunities?

At this time our Foundation is still quite young and as a result we are in the process of determining the best time and most appropriate manner to incorporate the services of volunteers and Interns. We do not currently offer any programs for either of these groups, but are always evaluating our needs as we grow.


Can I do a fundraiser for your Foundation?

Yes, we appreciate any fundraising efforts you may undertake. We have a resource center on our website under the "get involved” tab. You will find a host of information including the following ideas to get you started. Please see below as well as the website to learn more.

Should you be interested in holding a fundraiser to benefit The Khaled Hosseini Foundation I have some suggestions below:
  • Bake Sale
  • Musical night or talent show
  • Raffle or Bingo night
  • Dog wash or car wash
  • Hold a skills auction – offer to provide skilled handyman services, cook a homemade meal, cleaning or ironing services, concierge for an hour to help run errands or make appointments, etc.
  • Register good quality, gently used items with a consignment store or sell items on eBAY or other reputable online selling vehicles
  • Coffee morning or pancake breakfast for your friends or colleagues
  • Quiz or game night with friends or family (pay to play)
  • Sponsored tech free time – If you are a frequent cell phone, blackberry or video game system user have family or friends sponsor you for periods of time when you do not use these devices. Provides a great way to have “unplug” and reconnect with family and friends.
  • Hold a “guess how many” contest with a small prize – i.e. guess how many balloons are in the car, jelly beans in the jar, etc.
  • Recycling drive – a way to donate while reducing our footprint on the environment.
  • Sponsored athletic event or challenge (Walk-a-thon, biking, push-ups, etc).
  • Register for donations rather than gifts for that next special occasion.
  • Place a jar at your desk for donations or a basket of snacks colleagues can pay for.
  • Hold a barbeque with face painting or balloon tosses.
  • Sponsored silence – have friends and family sponsor you for an hour, day, etc of silence for those big talkers.
  • Ask friends and family to donate an hour of their salary.
  • Work to assemble a line of coins and ask folks to contribute to the line – you can have people sponsor you for every foot of coins you are able to assemble and donate the coins as well.
  • Bag packing – Ask a local super market to allow you and your friends or colleagues (6-20) to pack shopping bags at the shoppers request and ask for a donation.
  • If you choose to hold an event, involve students, children or group members in the fundraising by having them create shelters that can be used as centerpieces and later auctioned or simply displayed and auctioned at your event.

The Foundation can provide bookmarks for your event. Additionally, you are welcome to review and use any information on this website.

Download the Fundraising Pack


Is there anything I can do to support the foundation without providing a monetary donation?

We are thankful to our supporters who consistently share their generosity with us to help support the women and children of Afghanistan.  We are excited to announce share several initiatives that make giving easier and offer ways to support us without making direct donations.

Free and Easy Ways to Support TKHF Every Day

  • We’ve just made it easier for you to support TKHF! We registered TKHF with GoodSearch.com, a company that helps non-profits like ours raise funds through the everyday actions of our supporters.

    Here is how you can help:

    Use GoodSearch when you search the internet – they will donate a penny to us every time you do (powered by Yahoo! for proven search results).

    Use GoodShop.com when you shop online – they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us.

    Enroll in the GoodDining.com they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants.

    Please join our community on GoodSearch.com and help us raise money for our mission. Get started by clicking the “Become a Supporter” button on our profile page!

    Download the GoodSearch & GoodShop Toolbar. The GoodSearch Toolbar works with your browser to ensure that your cause earns money every time you shop and search – even if you skip coming to GoodShop or GoodSearch first!

  • Credit card points
    If you have credit card points you may redeem them by turning them into a charitable donation to our cause.  American Express and Citi Card offer this option. Check with your credit card company to determine if this is an option.

  • MULU is a social sharing platform focused on making the world a better place, one recommendation at a time.  You can follow people you are interested in to see what they recommend or make recommendations of your own.  It is a great platform for finding items you need as well. If someone likes what you have picked and buys it, your cause will receive 50% of the affiliate revenue.  Khaled is a founding curator for MULU and is raising money for The Khaled Hosseini Foundation (TKHF).  Please join him on MULU and select TKHF as your cause as well!  Simply select TKHF as your charity under the preferences section once you have created your account (via email or Facebook). Please join today and select TKHF as your cause!

  • Tell a Friend or Colleague
    Ensure your friends, family members and colleagues know you support us and what we do to help women and children in Afghanistan.  If your company has a matching contribution program ensure we are an option and take advantage of their matching donation.  If your company is looking for a new cause to support as a corporation please consider us.  We can be reached at info@khaledhosseinifoundation.org for more information.

Why don’t you have a physical presence in Afghanistan?

Early on we decided to let those who already have a presence and are successfully making changes in the country do what they do best. We assist by providing funding to the projects we feel will make the most impact and by working with organizations we feel have the ability and track record to successfully implement them.


How can I learn more about the Foundation?

Please continue to visit this website as we make updates to it with regards to our grantee's work, collaborations we may be undertaking and products we may be offering in the future. You may also wish to sign-up for my newsletter by selecting the "Contact" link. We publish it on a quarterly basis and include many updates on what the Foundation and our grantees are doing. If you have questions you may submit them to info@khaledhosseinifoundation.org.


Do you have any open positions you are hiring for?

Currently, we are a young Foundation with a small but dedicated staff. We do not have any current openings at this time. If you would like to become involved with our Foundation please select the “get involved” link.


I have not yet received my donor thank you letter that can be used as a receipt for my donation. What should I do?

Please accept our gratitude for your support of our Foundation. We apologize for any inconvenience a delay in getting your thank you letter may have caused. While we do not typically encounter issues of this kind there may be a letter that loses its way in the course of a year or two.

Donations made directly to our Foundation via check, PayPal or Click & Pledge are processed with letters issued on a bi-annual basis. If you have made your donation more than six months ago and still have not received a thank you letter please contact us at info@khaledhosseinifoundation. In your email please provide the following information: Name of donor, date donation made or check date, method of donation (Check, PayPal or Click & Pledge), and donation amount. This information will allow us to check our records and ensure you receive the appropriate letter. To prevent any delays in receiving your letter we encourage you to provide your complete mailing address as well as an email address when making your contribution.

If you have made your donation via Facebook please note that all donations made in this fashion are routed from Facebook to Network for Good. Network for Good then issues a receipt letter to the donor directly as confirmation of donation made through Facebook. Network for Good will issue funds received to our partner, Silicon Valley Community Foundation that will then remit funds to us. Due to privacy concerns and Facebook as well as Network for Good policy, our Foundation will not get your information. Your donation will be flagged as an anonymous donation. Due to this in conjunction with the fact that Network for Good actually issues the letters, we cannot explicitly tell you why you have not received your letter or where it may be in transit. Please note that Network for Good typically sends letters via email with the subject line listed as “Thank you for donating through Causes” and the author of email listed as “donations@networkforgood.org. It may help for you to add this address to your contacts to avoid it getting filtered to spam. Additionally, Network for Good has acknowledged that they get bounce backs for donor email addresses using Gmail or AOL. If you are still having issues getting your receipt please utilize one of the contact numbers below. Please note that Khanh Bui, from Silicon Valley Community Foundation will not have specific information on your donation, but has graciously offered to assist in resolving the situation with Network for Good.

Contacts:
Donation made via: check, PayPal or Click & Pledge
info@khaledhosseinifoundation.org

Donation made via: Facebook Network for Good
donations@networkforgood.org
1-888-284-7978
Khanh Bui
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
KDBui@siliconvalleycf.org
1-650-450-5507


What is the SOS program? Can anyone participate?

Student Outreach for Shelters (SOS) integrates a rigorous, secondary school curriculum with service-learning so that young people reading Khaled Hosseini's novels can connect classroom learning to the world beyond school, and make a positive difference for children and families in Afghanistan.

The classroom curriculum, linked to standards, includes lesson plans, activities, videos, slideshows, and additional resources that can be used in part or as a whole. The service-learning component of SOS empowers students to save lives by raising funds to build homes for families in Afghanistan in cooperation with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

We currently offer a fully developed secondary school curriculum linked to standards for A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner.

This program is easily adaptable to non-educational organizations such as reading groups, congregations, social clubs and service organizations. Find out more about the SOS program.


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