Student Outreach for Shelters announces a NEW book in the program!

Razia'sRayofHopeWe are pleased to introduce a NEW book for the SOS program.  Based on a true story of a brave girl in Afghanistan who must convince the men in her family to allow her to attend the new girls’ school outside of Kabul, “Razia’s Ray of Hope – One Girl’s Dream of an Education”, by Elizabeth Suneby adds a wonderful new story for educators to use with their younger students.

Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small village in Afghanistan, girls haven’t been allowed to attend school for many years. When a new girls’ school opens in the village, a determined Razia must convince her father and oldest brother that educating her would be best for her, their family, and their community. Razia’s Ray of Hope is the latest inspiring story from the CitizenKid collection. It is based on the true stories of the students of the Zabuli Education Center for Girls just outside of Kabul, founded by a generous and resourceful woman named Razia Jan, one of CNN’s 2012 Top 10 Heroes of the Year, who also appears in the story.

Curriculum is now available for grades 1 through 8!







The Khaled Hosseini Foundation is proud to announce a philanthropic collaboration with Ariana Sweets.

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A family owned business for over 20 years; Ariana Sweets is based in Fremont, CA, and specializes in manufacturing Afghan sweets and sales of rare commodities of dried fruits and exotic teas. Ariana Sweets has graciously agreed to donate a portion of all of their online sales from December 20, 2013 to April 20, 2014.

Ariana Sweets has a wide array of goods from sweets to teas, dried fruit, and candy. With most of their products under $10, the items are both reasonably priced and delicious! Ariana Sweets can ship anywhere in the United States.

If you have ever wanted to try some of the traditional Afghan sweets you may encounter at weddings or on other special occasions, now is your chance to sample a selection, knowing your purchase will also help The Khaled Hosseini Foundation’s shelter program. These goodies are also perfect additions to book club discussions and other social events you may be planning!

Buy Afghan sweets, tea and other goodies here.


Thank you for giving the gift of shelter!


We asked you to give shelter this holiday season and provide a home to a family in Afghanistan, and you have. Thanks to our incredibly generous supporters, we have raised over $50,000 in just two short months!  With current shelter costs of $2,100 per shelter we can provide 24 homes for 144 people and with Khaled’s matching gift this amount is doubled to 48 homes for 288 people! The gifts you have made will change the lives of these families in profound ways.  They will be able to protect their families from the brutal cold and oppressive heat.  Once their basic need of shelter has been met, they can focus on finding work, educating their children, and pursuing opportunities that were out of reach before.  We can’t thank you enough for your kindness this holiday season. You have made a difference!  If you have not yet had the opportunity to make a life-changing gift to the shelter program, you still can!  Don’t miss out on having your gift matched by Khaled. Find out more about the shelter program.

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Afghan Friends Network receives our OMID Grant!


We are proud to announce our support for Afghan Friends Network (AFN) once again this year!  We will continue our support of AFN’s Girls Khurasan Learning Center in Qalai Qadam and Boys Khurasan Learning Center near the City Center, both in Afghanistan. Our grant will help fund courses at the centers that will help boys and girls in grades 7 -12 receive supplementary education in math, physics, chemistry and English.

Find our more about AFN and the work we are supporting.


Khaled’s Corner

What is Khaled reading and watching?

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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.

Recommended Films:

American Hustle: Very funny film about The Abscam sting of the 1970’s, has some of the year’s best dialogue and a couple of crackerjack performances by Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale.

Shame:  Sexually graphic, be warned, but heartbreaking film about a man’s struggle with his sex addiction.  Michael Fassbender brilliantly brings to life the self-loathing, helplessness, and profound sadness of the tortured soul at the center of this film.

Mother of Mine:  This gem, about a Finnish boy who comes to live with a Swedish family during WWII, is a real tearjerker, and comes with a powerful performance by Maria Lundqvist as the grieving Swedish farmer’s wife who slowly warms up to the boy.

The Hunt:  One of the my favorite films of the year, a Danish story about a sweet, mild-mannered kindergarten teacher who is falsely accused of molesting a young girl and tries to reclaim his reputation and dignity.

The Big Picture: If you like Patricia Highsmith’s, The Talented Mr. Ripley, you will really like this film about a man who accidentally kills his wife’s lover and then assumes his identity.   Beautiful Montenegro scenery to boot.

Recommended reads:

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain: This wryly funny, sad, and powerful novel will go down as one of the definitive pieces of writing about the Iraq war.  In reading it, I had to reanalyze what “Support Our Troops” really means.

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman:  A fantastic mix of Americana, folklore, and dark fantasy, as imagined by one of the best minds in the speculative fiction market.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men:  David Foster Wallace’s short story collection, written as a series of Q & A’s conducted by an anonymous female interviewer, is the late writer at some of his best.  Some of the interviews are only a paragraph long, others are much lengthier pieces, but all of them shed light, in David Foster Wallace’s inimitable style and with his clinical precision, on the tortured souls of his male subjects and how they view women, sex, money, class, power, etc.  The last story is a stunner.

The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout:  I promise that this is the only and last time I am recommending a book I have not read!  I loved Olive Kitteridge so much that I can’t wait to read this one.

Waiting, by Ha Jin:  A lyrical, ironic novel about a Chinese military doctor who tries to divorce his wife so he can marry his mistress.  Set in communist China, this novel is part political allegory, part a very human story about the conflict between desire and duty.

The 49ers, Candlestick Park and Khaled

Did you see Khaled’s recent article on about the last 49er game at Candlestick Park? Fans of the game, especially those from the Bay Area, will enjoy Khaled’s look back at the magic and memories that encompass all that was Candlestick Park.


Student Outreach for Shelters – SOS

A student shares his fundraising story

Sidhart and Khaled at the event at The Harker School.

Sidhart and Khaled at the event at The Harker School.

Sidhart Krishnamurthi, a high school student at The Harker School took initiative and held a fundraiser for TKHF, raising over $2,000 in 2013!  He kindly shared with us why he chose to help and what he did to effect change.

Sidhart’s story:

In April of 2012, I read an inspirational novel: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. The plight of the people in Afghanistan as described in the novel really touched me, and I wanted to somehow support the cause of rebuilding futures for families torn by war, poverty and unimaginable living conditions.  This led me to the back cover, where I saw a link to The Khaled Hosseini Foundation website. On visiting the site, I got more information on various ongoing efforts to help the refugees. I was greatly influenced by the fact that I could fundraise for the foundation and achieve my objective.

I set my goal for $2,000*, which would be enough to build a shelter for a refugee family of six. With help from Cristie Burr, the Project Coordinator, I was able to set out a plan to accomplish the mission by fundraising at my school. I raised money through a club called “Interact,” which is a youth rotary club. I purchased books written by Khaled Hosseini and made goodie-bags with candy and bookmarks hand-made by Afghan women in refugee camps in Pakistan (provided by the foundation). About $500 was raised through this effort. These book sales attracted the attention of the administrators at my school, facilitating Khaled Hosseini coming to my campus to speak about his books and the foundation.

In order to attain my goal, I launched a “Family and Friends Campaign,” wherein I emailed various people about the foundation and urged them to donate a minimum of $25, which would help me achieve my goal. In turn, they received a signed copy of either “The Kite Runner” or “Thousand Splendid Suns” and a goodie-bag. This generated enough interest and money to build a shelter for a homeless family in Afghanistan.

Through this experience, I have learned that my life is privileged compared to most people in the world. It really changed me by helping and supporting families facing dire living situations. It also made me realize that people are genuinely kind-natured and willing to help others in difficult situations. I am thankful to Cristie Burr and Khaled Hosseini for their help throughout my endeavor.

*The current cost of a shelter s $2,100.

School is in session – start your SOS campaign today!

School is gearing back up. Your class reading list may include one of Khaled’s novels as assigned or recommended reading.  As you are reading, if you are compelled to act, to help, to channel your energy in a way that can effect real change, consider our Student Outreach for Shelters program.  We are excited to continue to offer comprehensive and exciting programs that also benefit Afghan children and refugees.

Joining our Student’s Outreach for Shelter’s (SOS) program is simple and can make a huge impact for families in Afghanistan. It’s a simple three-step process that can go a long way.  See the steps below.

Step 1: Download a curriculum for any of Khaled Hosseini’s three novels (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed). These curriculums will help you make your way through the novels. They give you insights that help you understand the background and context of the novels better.

Step 2: Register for our service learning program. This program helps expand your passion for the novels, builds on the curriculums and helps you change the lives of families in Afghanistan.

Step 3: Complete the program and change the world. $2,100 can build a permanent shelter that can house a family of six. These shelters can change the lives for families who have been displaced within and outside of Afghanistan.

The Student Outreach for Shelter program can help change lives all while helping you and your friends re-connect and bond over a common goal of helping families survive. Join SOS. Help change lives.


Announcing New Grants for GoodWeave and Emergency USA


GoodWeave, a TKHF grantee since 2012, works to eradicate child labor in the handmade rug industry. In 2012, TKHF provided funding for their early childhood education center in Balk Province. The center opened in July 2012, with 30 children attending. Since its opening, there has been 100% attendance. The meal that is provide is often the only and most nutritions meal the children will get all day. In 2013, 25 of the children graduated, making room for a new class of students. We are pleased to announce the continuation of funding for this program. The center ensures that the children are not exploited as child labor or left in unsafe situations while their families work to weave carpets.


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Goodweave, © Romano 2012

Emergency USA

A grantee since 2011, Emergency USA (E-USA) provides free-of-charge, high-standard medical and surgical care to victims of war and also works to promote a culture of peace, solidarity, and respect for human rights.  Our grant for 2013 will fund the purchase of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine for the neonatal unit located in Emergency’s Maternity and Gynecology Unit adjacent to the Medical and Surgical Center in the village of Anabah, in the Northern Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan.  More than 300 babies are born every month at EMERGENCY’s Maternity Centre, which is the only specialized and free facility in the area. More than 17,000 babies were born in the Centre as of December 2012.

According to E-USA, “our admissions – and the causes of death – in the Intensive Care Unit in the Maternity Centre are mostly due to premature birth, respiratory distress and apnoeas, therefore the majority of admitted newborn will benefit from the CPAP device.

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure; it is a type of respiratory support used for neonatal patients (it also exists for adults). The machine provides oxygen to a certain pressure during spontaneous respiration: it is NOT mechanical ventilation; it is NOT used if the baby is NOT breathing spontaneously. It is a non-invasive, low-tech kind of respiratory device used when the baby has respiratory distress, meconium aspiration syndrome, apnoea of prematurity, basically all cases where the newborn has some problems in establishing or maintaining respiration. It helps premature babies to maintain open lungs and prevents apnoeas. It also helps full-term babies to maintain appropriate oxygen level concentration in presence of respiratory distress.”


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Meet one of the first patients to use the new CPAP machine!

Khaled’s Corner

What is Khaled reading and watching?

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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 films.

Recommended Films:

The Spectacular Now:  A very thoughtful film about being teenagers on the eve of high school graduation.  Very intelligent and honest and surprising at every turn, in that no character is what he or she seems to be at the outset.  Every character has unexpected depth and behaves the way people do in real life, that is to say in messy, complicated, and often perplexing ways.

The Class:  A French film about a Paris middle school classroom based on a teacher’s memoir.  Moving and inspiring, this documentary-style feature tackles problems in the French education system that mirror in some ways our own here in the U.S.  The film is a battle cry against apathy.

A Better Life: This story about a Mexican father and his son personalizes the illegal immigrant dilemma and is a shining example of socially conscious cinema.  It comes with a gritty and terrific central performance by Demian Bichir.

Amour: An unflinching and heartbreaking look at the ravages of aging as seen through the eyes of an elderly man who cares for his debilitated wife.  Its brutal and honest take on aging is a tonic to Hollywood’s habitual treatment of old people as either knowing sages or lovable goofs.

Blue Jasmine: Continues Woody Allen’s late career rebirth.  He hits another peak with this film about a rich socialite who has lost all her wealth and has to adjust to her new life, an adjustment that makes for both great comedy and pathos.  Cate Blanchett gives the performance of her already distinguished career.

Recommended reads:

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler:  A gripping and surreptitiously intelligent book about a family’s falling apart after a young daughter is sent away.  Who -or what- the young daughter is can’t be discussed without revealing a major spoiler, suffice it to say it is a whopper.  The book is far deeper and more ambitious, however, than its central conceit would lead one to think.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid: Structured like a self-help book, Hamid’s new novel is a very clever, insightful, and at times even old-fashioned story about globalization and consumer-driven dreams.

A Hologram For the King, by Dave Eggers:  An addictively readable, wholly absorbing parable of modern day American malaise.  A tale of a divorced, broke engineer waiting to meet the Saudi King in a remote desert outpost, the book asks questions about the changing role of America as a global force.  It is one of Egger’s most assured books.

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri: Lahiri’s new novel is a testament to her abundant talents.  No other writer is as adept at conjuring the quotidian texture of her characters’ lives and revealing how their choices, often based on cultural expectations, have shaped their fates.  This one is already on the National Book Award long list.

The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez:  An often grim, tragic, and always deeply absorbing novel about a set of characters caught in Columbia’s drug trade.  Full disclosure: I am not yet halfway through this book as I write this, but I have no hesitation in recommending it.  It is vivid, engaging, and brilliantly brings to life Bogota and the Columbian countryside.

What has Khaled been up to? Where will he be next?

This month, Khaled participated in a Litquake event for San Francisco’s Literary Festival and the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. He also appeared at an event hosted by Kepler’s Arts and Lectures and moderated by fellow Afghan author Tamim Ansary in Redwood City. Half of the proceeds benefitted The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

If you are in the Bay Area and missed the Kepler’s event please consider attending Khaled’s next local event in Palo Alto on November 8. This is expected to be one of the last events Khaled will do in the Bay Area this year and half of the proceeds will benefit The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The other half benefits one of our grantees, Trust in Education. We hope to see you there!

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Changes at TKHF!

Have you seen our new look?

We recently completed website changes for our TKHF and SOS sites.  We have streamlined each site and made them easier to use.  Our foundation site now has a special page where you can choose your language.  You may access limited information on the foundation in any of the following languages:  Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  If you preferred language is not there, please check back with us, as we are adding new languages all the time. We also now have a book club section and our SOS site has an easy to follow path for individuals and organizations interested in signing up for SOS.


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Meet the latest member to the foundation family!

ParisaWe are proud to announce the addition of Parisa Mirza-Khan to the foundation team.  Parisa joins us as a Project Coordinator and will specialize in our SOS program and product sales. Parisa graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University in 2000 and became a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Prior to joining the foundation, Parisa was the Director of Marketing & Sales at Preoria Inc., a software company located on the East Coast. She led and directed the development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing plans. Parisa has been involved in other non-profit organizations and is compelled to help those in need.  We are thrilled she has joined the team!

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What is Khaled Up To?

An interview with HuffPost Books

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A fundraiser for TKHF!

Kepler’s Books of Menlo Park is graciously hosting a fundraiser for Khaled’s foundation.  Half of the proceeds from the event will be donated to TKHF.  Khaled will be speaking with fellow author Tamim Ansary about his books, writing process, and humanitarian work at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on September 27.  There will be a special reception where VIP ticketholders will have the opportunity to meet and chat with Khaled before the event.  We will be on hand, selling our products and available to answer any questions you may have about the foundation.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and come out to support the foundation and the work we are doing.  Buy your ticket today!


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