June 2015

June 2015


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June 2015

   Khaled’s Corner


What Khaled is reading and watching?


Books and Movies

I am frequently asked what I am reading and watching.  See below for books I am reading currently and enjoying tremendously, as well as some recommended movies.


The Children Act, by Ian McEwen:  Written with McEwen’s characteristically precise and clear prose, this is a short but deeply engaging novel about the fallout from a judge’s order when she is faced with young man who is sick and refuses blood products on religious grounds.  The scene when the judge and the young man first meet is a marvel, and the novel, though brief, raises big questions. 

The Dinner, by Herman Koch: Koch has mastered a certain kind of thriller: misanthropic central character, nuanced psychological underpinnings, and most fun of all, appalling behavior by most everyone in the book.  The Dinner is a prime example.  I read it in two sittings.

Summer House with Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch:  See above.

You Know When the Men Are Gone, by Siobhan Fallon: A wonderful collection of short stories about the families back home whose men have gone to war in Iraq.  Fallon brings home the burden that connects all the women, the boredom, the absence, the fear that their men will die.  Powerful and resonant.

The Women, by T.C. Boyle: A thoroughly engaging page-turner about the women in Frank Lloyd Wright’s life.  Telling an enormous story from multiple perspectives, Boyle focuses primarily on love and the grand weaknesses that foil human undertaking rather than architecture.  This might be my favorite of Boyle’s novels.


Our Children:  A Belgian film about a depressed mother of three toddlers whose slide toward mental break, with devastating consequences, is chronicled with great psychological insight.  Wonderfully acted and written.  But be warned, this one is not for the weak of heart.

Interstellar: Christopher Nolan’s space caper is his most ambitious film to date. Exquisitely filmed and wonderfully acted –the visuals are stunning- the film’s main surprise is the very human heart beating at its center.  Interstellar is a rarity in that it is a thoughtful blockbuster.

The Returned: This is not a film, but a French series about a small town in France whose dead slowly return to life.  This is not The Walking Dead, trust me.  This is more about grief than blood and guts.  Achingly beautiful, melancholic, and always suspenseful, The Returned is my favorite find of the year.

The Missing:  An eight-hour miniseries about a British couple whose five-year old boy disappears in 2006 while they are vacationing in northern France.  The series is not only about loss and grief but works just as well as a potent mystery imbued with a pervasive sense of dread.

Where will Khaled be?

Khaled will be hosting an event with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai at the San Jose State University Event Center on June 26th.  Get your tickets today for this unique opportunity to hear Khaled interviewing the inspiring Yousafzai!

Khaled’s trip with the UNHCR to Jordan

In early May, UN Goodwill Ambassador, Khaled Hosseini visited Jordan to spend time at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps talking to Syrian teenagers and young adults.

“What has struck me is the immense tragedy of their arrested development,” Khaled said. “No one is born a refugee, no one is born a war victim, no one wants to live as either of those things. When these young people were forced to flee the country that they love so fervently they were at the peak of their lives, when a young person wants to be productive and carve out a career and a future for themselves.”

Khaled wrote an opinion – editorial piece about the Syrian refugee crisis and the impact of in-kind versus monetary donations.  Read more.

Read more about Khaled’s trip.

Watch a video.

June 2015

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

The following schools recently committed to participating in our Student Outreach for Shelters (SOS) program in the 2014/2015 academic year!  The schools studied either The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns.  If you are interested in participating in SOS for the upcoming academic year or summer program please contact us!  Our program provides access to free curriculum, lesson plans and so much more.

June Newsletter 2015

We have new handmade items available for you today!   From our stunning statement piece necklaces to our hand embroidered coin purses in two styles, there is something for everyone.  These items are proving to be very popular, so don’t hesitate and order yours today.  Remember all purchases help the Afghan women refugee artisans making them!


June 2015

Panjshir Avalanche Relief Efforts Raise over $17k

In early March a devastating avalanche hit the Panjshir province.  TKHF held a fundraiser to help its grantee, EMERGENCY, provide medical care to the survivors of this disaster.  EMERGENCY had the only fully functioning hospital in the valley impacted by the avalanche.  TKHF matched all donations as part of the fundraiser, and thanks to the generosity of all of you, EMERGENCY received $17,616 to help provide medical care for avalanche survivors.  YOUR support helped provide critical medical care to many people including:

  • Haseb, an 8 year old boy who lost his entire family during the first avalanche.
  • Shahzada, a  20 year old girl had signs of frostbite on both feet but after a while in ICU at the EMERGENCY hospital Kabul (she was moved to Kabul due to kidney failure) she was discharged in full health. In the avalanche she lost two sisters and her mother.
  • Bilema, a 35 year old woman, whose right leg was completely frozen and amputated below the knee.

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!