With the new school year just around the corner, back to school shopping is in full swing. Don’t forget to purchase a new pencil case for your back to school supplies! Our Farah Clutch Purses are handcrafted by Afghan artisans using 100% cotton fabric and feature a hand-embroidered flower. Available in a wide array of colors, they are the perfect way to kick off the new school year. Consider purchasing one of these stunning bags today and feel proud knowing proceeds from your purchase help the Afghan women refugee artisans making them!
The last days of summer
Summer is the time to take a moment out of the hectic year to appreciate the joyous laughter of kids enjoying the long summer day or the quiet beauty of the sunset. Whether you have travelled near or far or not at all, we hope your summer was filled with fun times spent with family and friends. We also hope you enjoy reading about what we have been up to over these last few months. It has been a busy summer!
Ealier this summer, Khaled participated in an interview by Rosiland Jordan of Al Jazeera America. The article focused on the release of his latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed, experiences as a refugee, work with the UNHCR, and his thoughts on the future of Afghanistan. If you have not yet had a chance to read the article, we hope you will!
© Elena Seibert
SOS at the 2014 IB Conference
In July, Khaled participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization’s
Conferences of the Americas held in Washington D.C. He led a breakout session with Elizabeth Suneby, author of Razia’s Ray of Hope, to discuss the educational enrichment opportunities developed by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation’s Student Outreach for Shelters (SOS) program for students in the Diploma, Middle Years and Primary School programs. The session illustrated the synergy between SOS and IB, including how curriculum tied to Khaled’s novels (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed) and Elizabeth’s book (Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education) enhances student connection to global issues. The session also outlined how students can perform self-directed or guided service learning projects to break the devastating cycle of homelessness in Afghanistan. Learn more about our SOS program and how your school can participate.
Khaled to receive 2014 John Steinbeck Award!
We are pleased to announce that Khaled was named the recipient of the 2014 John Steinbeck Award and will receive it at San Jose State University on September 10th. This award is given annually to an artist who captures the spirit of Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man.
TKHF issues new Omid Grants!
Join us in congratulating the following grantees on their recently issued Omid Grant: Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), EMBRACE, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, Trust in Education (TIE) and Razia’s Ray of Hope (RRHF)! Find out more about the programs we are supporting to help women and children in Afghanistan.
We are proud to announce that to date in 2014 we have made grants to:
- provide support for the expansion of Afghan Women’s Writing Project’s Dari-speaking workshop pilot so that it may include an online program component facilitated by mentors, weekly writing prompts and critiques by mentors of work produced by women in Afghanistan, and publication of finished pieces in Dari for distribution to women participating in the program.
- provide Embrace infant warmers, in conjunction with educational programs that address the root causes of neonatal hypothermia, in Afghanistan. The grant will support the cost of the warmers and education and training so that staff in hospitals in Afghanistan are able to effectively use them.
- provide support for Women for Afghan Women’s Kabul Children’s
Support Center in Afghanistan. These are centers for the children of women who are imprisoned. The first children’s shelter opened with 34 residents in Kabul November of 2009. That shelter now houses 65 children. Two additional centers—in Mazar and Kunduz—have opened.
- provide support for UNHCR’s shelter program in Afghanistan. Selected beneficiaries receive building materials and instructions to construct their own two-room shelter out of mud bricks. The shelters can house a family of six from the brutal elements.
- provide support for UNICEF’s relief efforts for the victims of the landslide in the Badakhshan province and surrounding areas in Afghanistan where the needs are greatest.UNICEF was among the first humanitarian organizations to reach those affected by the landslide. The agency is supporting the Afghan Government in ensuring that basic survival supplies are distributed to those who have been made homeless by the disaster. “UNICEF, in partnership with other organizations, did an evaluation of basic needs of the displaced people, and provided high-energy biscuits and non-food items to them,” says Farid Dastgeer, UNICEF Child Protection Officer who has been working in Khwaja Du Koh since the calamity struck. “The non-food items consist of children’s clothing, blankets, first aid kits, and kitchen equipment, so that families can use these for basic cooking and survival. Now there has been an improvement to some extent with the waters receding.”
UNICEF also broadcasted radio messages on the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene practices and the importance of immunization in reducing the risk of waterborne diseases. Local religious leaders have also been engaged and are delivering these key prevention messages daily during prayers.
- provide support for Global Partnership for Afghanistan’s program for Afghan women learning the entrepreneurial skills necessary to create farm businesses and build sustainable livelihoods.
- provide support for the before- and after-school classes in the villages of Tangi Saidan, Qaia Luqman and Reshkor and the Aschiana scholarships for 10 street children for Trust in Education.
- provide support for Razia’s Ray of Hope’s Zabuli Education Center—a school providing free education to more than 400 Afghan girls who have previously been denied educational opportunities.
© Karen Wong, RRHF
Meet the latest schools to join our Student Outreach for Shelters program!
Please join us in welcoming the following schools to our SOS program: Lansing Community College of Michigan, West Lafayette Jr. –Sr. High School in Indiana, International Charter School in Rhode Island, C. Milton Wright High School in Maryland and New Jersey School for the Deaf in New Jersey! All organizations are planning on implementing the program this fall. If you are an educator looking for a high-quality, free curriculum to accompany one of Khaled’s books please explore our program today!