October 2014

Our Bita Beaded jewelry pieces are stunning when worn alone or stacked to make a unique statement piece.  Check out our coordinating bracelets, earrings and necklaces and buy your set today knowing you will be supporting the Afghan artisans who made them.

GoodWeave Founder awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Please join us in congratulating, our grantee GoodWeave’s founder, Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!  He shares this honor with Malala Yousafzai, the young girl shot by the Taliban for advocating and campaigning for girls’ education.  We are so proud of our grantee GoodWeave, and the amazing work they are doing.  Read more about Kailash Satyarthi.

More about GoodWeave:

GoodWeave’s mission is to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and to provide educational opportunities to South Asia’s more than quarter million “carpet kids.”

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children. GoodWeave is helping to combat this problem and transform the rug industry by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children. The GoodWeave certification is implemented by GoodWeave International.

Manufacturers must meet GoodWeave’s high certification standards and agree to random, independent inspections to earn the GoodWeave label.

GoodWeave has freed over 4,000 children from weaving looms. Rescued and at-risk children are offered rehabilitation, daycare, literacy programs, formal schooling and vocational training.

GoodWeave’s programs are specifically designed to break the cycle of poverty that is perpetuated when children compete with adults for the same jobs, kids don’t finish school, and a nation’s top export is undervalued in the marketplace. The opportunity for impact is even greater because Afghan women make up most of the weaving workforce. When women have access to good jobs and earn decent wages, they have more of a voice in the household and often choose to spend those resources in ways that nurture their family.*

* – Information courtesy of GoodWeave

West Lafayette Jr. / Sr. High School raises money for SOS!

              

Ms. Marydell Forbes’ World Literature class in West Lafayette Jr. / Sr. High School in Indiana is holding a fundraiser for our SOS (Student Outreach for Shelters) program.  The students were inspired to do more after reading Khaled’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns in class.  We thank Ms. Forbes and her students for their compassion in turning inspiration into action and raising funds to help women and children in Afghanistan.  Find out more about their fundraiser.

Meet the latest schools to join our Student Outreach for Shelters program!

Please join us in welcoming the following schools to our SOS program:  Druid Hills Middle School in Georgia, Padua Franciscan High School in Ohio, QSI Chengdu in China and Lycee de Garons in Luxembourg!  All organizations are planning on implementing the program this year and early next year.  If you are an educator looking for a high-quality, free curriculum to accompany one of Khaled’s books please explore our program today!

Meet Mallika, 13 year old fundraising phenomenon!

                        

Mallika Vashist, a 7th grader at The Harker School, was inspired to help women and children in Afghanistan and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation (TKHF) specifically, after reading Khaled’s novels.  By her accounts she has read the novels over 20 times each and can quote passages that are of particular importance to her.  She comes from a very philanthropic family and has been involved in helping others since she was 4.  Every year she would travel back to India and volunteer in her Aunt’s orphanage, an organization specializing in the care of children with HIV. This philanthropic mindset, coupled with the inspiration she drew from Khaled’s novels, and her increasing awareness of the plight of women and children in Afghanistan prompted her to make the bold decision to try and raise $50,000 for TKHF. She is well on her way with a contribution of almost $16,000.  Please join us in congratulating her on her success thus far.  We look forward to seeing what she is able to accomplish over the coming months.  If you are interested in holding a fundraiser for TKHF, please contact us info@khaledhosseinifoundation.org.

September 2014

Our Farah Clutch Purses, perfect as a back to school or office pencil case! Feel proud knowing proceeds from your purchase help the Afghan women refugee artisans making them.

Khaled’s Corner: Khaled’s interview with Al Jazeera

 

Earlier 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 onthe future of Afghanistan.  If you have not yet had a chance to read the article, we hope you will!

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 SOSand 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
  • Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA)
  • Trust in Education (TIE)
  • Razia’s Ray of Hope (RRHF)

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 livelihood.
  •  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.

Find out more about our exemplary grantees and the incredibly important work they are doing.