A student shares his fundraising story
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.
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.