August 2015

August 2015

Have you seen our Burkha Coin Purses?  These elegant coin purses are perfect for holding smaller items.  Buy your Burkha Coin Purse today knowing you will be supporting the Afghan artisans who made it.

August 2015

Did you see Khaled’s interview of
Malala Yousafza?

In June Khaled hosted an event with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai at the San Jose State University Event Center.  See coverage of the event by Cheryl Jennings, ABC7 News anchor, and the only television reporter inside the event.

August 2015

TKHF receives $10,000 grant from UNFCU!

In February 2015, UNFCU launched the UNFCU Foundation. The UNFCU Foundation, a New York non-profit organization, funds projects that work to reduce poverty through education and healthcare, especially among women and children in New York City and developing countries.  This summer, TKHF received a $10,000 grant to help support our shelter program with the UNHCR.

The UNHCR shelter program is designed to give priority to the most vulnerable families in need, including families headed by females, elderly or disabled persons, or families with very low incomes, as well as others who cannot build their homes on their own.  The main objective of the program is to provide shelter packages that include essential construction materials, such as tools, roofing beams, doors and windows.

The UNFCU grant will allow us to fund the building of permanent homes that will provide lifesaving shelter to those families who had previously been living in sub-standard or inadequate housing. We are grateful to have received such a generous grant from UNFCU and look forward to sharing how their grant is making a difference in the lives of women and children in Afghanistan.

August 2015

Empowering Afghan women through artisanship
There are many things needed to ensure Afghanistan’s recovery from decades of war and turmoil. The importance of economic empowerment in this recovery cannot be understated.  Some women in Afghanistan can experience this economic empowerment through the production and sale of handicrafts.  Zardozi Markets for Afghan Artisans and Far & Wide Collective are two examples we are aware of as organizations focusing efforts on connecting Afghan women artisans with a market for their wares.  We hope you will learn more about these organizations and the work they are doing to support artisans in Afghanistan.  Your support of Zardozi Markets for Afghan Artisans, Far & Wide Collective, and organizations like them, will further help these artisan communities.

June 2015

June 2015


Our Faux Uncut Stone Necklace makes a unique statement piece.  Buy your stunning necklace today and feel great about knowing you are supporting the Afghan artisans who made it.

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.