Ways to Support Us – What’s New

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Donations made before December 31, 2011 are tax deductible – consult your tax professionals.

We are thankful to our supporters who consistently share their generosity with us to help support the women and children of Afghanistan.  We are excited to announce several new initiatives that make giving easier and offer ways to support us without making direct donations.

  • TKHF Mobile Site
    • Do you have a smartphone?  If so we can now be accessed on your handheld mobile device!  Our mobile site still offers information about us, allows product purchases and donations, but in a format more user friendly to your device.  Access our mobile site through the QR codes on our campaign cards or on the business cards included with your product order.

  • Text your donations!
    • When you make a donation online through Click & Pledge you now have the ability to register your cell phone.  After you get the confirmation text and complete your registration you can then make donations through texts! Text your donations to 1-716-464-0833 using the code 4TKHF plus the donation amount.

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For example if you wanted to donate $25 you would text 4TKHF$25.  If you wanted to make it a recurring donation of $15 for 10 months it would be 4TKHF$15R10. You may donate in any amount and frequency you choose.

  • Free and Easy Ways to Support TKHF Every Day
    • We’ve just made it easier for you to support TKHF! We registered TKHF with GoodSearch.com, a company that helps non-profits like ours raise funds through the everyday actions of our supporters.

Here is how you can help:

Use GoodSearch when you search the internet – they will donate a penny to us every time you do (powered by Yahoo! for proven search results).

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Use GoodShop.com when you shop online – they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us.

Enroll in the GoodDining.com they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants.

Please join our community on GoodSearch.com and help us raise money for our mission. Get started by clicking the “Become a Supporter” button on our profile page!

Download the GoodSearch & GoodShop Toolbar. The GoodSearch Toolbar works with your browser to ensure that your cause earns money every time you shop and search – even if you skip coming to GoodShop or GoodSearch first!

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    • Credit card points
      • If you have credit card points you may redeem them by turning them into a charitable donation to our cause.  American Express and Citi Card offer this option. Check with your credit card company to determine if this is an option.
  • Tell a Friend or Colleague
    • Ensure your friends, family members and colleagues know you support us and what we do to help women and children in Afghanistan.  If your company has a matching contribution program ensure we are an option and take advantage of their matching donation.  If your company is looking for a new cause to support as a corporation please consider us.  We can be reached at info@khaledhosseinifoundation.org for more information.
  • New fundraising ideas
    • Involve students, children or group members in the fundraising by having them create shelters that can be used as centerpieces and later auctioned or simply displayed and auctioned at your event.

 

Khaled’s corner

Books and Movies

I am frequently asked what I am reading, watching or what books I would recommend to learn more about Afghanistan.  See below for books I am reading currently and enjoying tremendously as well as some recommended reading about Afghanistan.  I have also included some responses to commonly asked questions on books I am reading, hope to read or have read in the past.

Recommended reading about Afghanistan:

  • West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story by Tamim Ansary
  • The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
  • The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban by Sarah Chayes
  • Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan by Fariba Nawa

Books I am reading currently and enjoying tremendously:

  • Let the Great World Spin: A Novel by Colum McCann
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

Films I have seen and recommend:

  • Tree of Life; lyrical, ambitious and deeply moving story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s
  • The Battle of Algiers; chronicle of Algerian people’s struggle to overthrow the French Colonial government in mid-1950’s
  • Ajami; humanizes the Israeli Palestinian tensions like few films I have seen
  • Take My Eyes; an unflinching look at the toll of domestic violence on both victim and perpetrator

Commonly asked questions on what I am reading, hope to read or have read in the past:

  • Which books are on your bedside table?

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.

  • Which titles are on your bucket list of books?

Runaway, by Alice Munro.

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie.

Huck Finn, by Mark Twain.

Disgrace, by JM Coetzee.

Shahnameh, by Ferdowsi.

All the works of Hafez, Rumi, Omar Khayyam.

Crime and Punishment, by Dostoyevsky

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

  • What is the one book / author you feel everyone must read? Why?

Anything by Alice Munro.  She ought to be a great deal more famous than she is.  She is the single greatest short story writer of our time.

  • What are you planning to reread?

I am planning to reread The God of Small Things, just for the repeat pleasure of the beautiful, vivid, and evocative language.  I look forward to her writing more fiction.

  • What is the one book you started reading but could not finish?

The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard.

  • What is your favorite childhood book or story?

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Listen to Women in a new Afghanistan

Khaled recently wrote an article for CNN, Listen to Women in a new Afghanistan.  In it Khaled focuses on the integral role Afghan women need to have in the rebirth of Afghanistan. Read the article.

 

Khaled’s Fall Speaking Tour

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Khaled toured the country doing speaking engagements this past fall to benefit his foundation.  If you were not able to attend please see below to access video, photos and podcasts of these appearances.

  • Khaled was interviewed by physician, writer and TEDGlobal Fellow Nassim Assefi for his appearance at the Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Literary/Arts Series In October.  Watch now.
  • At the Commonwealth Club of California, Khaled was interviewed by Mohammad Qayoumi, President of San Jose State University and Member of the Commonwealth Club Board of Governors.  Listen now.
  • Khaled visited Hood College in Baltimore, Maryland as part of their Hanson Lecture Series where his appearance was part of a new initiative for freshmen to read literature that is intended to provoke discussion while expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world. Over the summer the students read Khaled’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Watch a brief interview with Khaled and view photos of the event.
  • At the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, Khaled was interviewed by one of the professor’s of the University, Doug Hendel.  Khaled’s appearance was part of the University’s Schooler Lecture, where he discussed topics ranging from his childhood to writing and his homeland of Afghanistan.  Watch now.

Some other recent appearances by Khaled that you may be interested in include an interview by Barry Kibrick from Between the Lines.  The interview (#1138) first appeared on November 15thAccess the show’s site for interview availability.   Khaled was also recently interviewed about the new graphic novel of The Kite Runner by Texas Public Radio host of Some Books Considered, Dan Skinner.  Listen now.

 

Grantee Update – 2011

Afghan Friends Network Receives TKHF Omid Grant

TKHF is proud to announce that Afghan Friends Network (AFN), a grantee since 2009, has been awarded our Omid Grant in the amount of $25,000 to fund the girls and boys Khurasan Learning Centers, University scholarships for four young women to attend all four years of their University education and the AFN women’s literacy project to support 16 women for three years.  We congratulate AFN on the work they have accomplished to date and look forward to hearing of their success in the upcoming year. Find out more about AFN.

Help Stop the Suffering Campaign for the UNHCR

We hope you have all had the opportunity to learn about our 2011 Help Stop the Suffering Campaign.

  • Just $56 provides shelter tool kits for four families;
  • $103 provides necessary building materials for an entire shelter for a family of six;
  • $338 provides the doors and windows to complete a shelter;
  • $1,500 makes it possible for a family to construct their home from start to finish and begin a new life with renewed hope and safety.

All proceeds benefit the shelter program with the UNHCR.  Each shelter houses a family of six and saves them from the harsh winters and brutal summers in Afghanistan. Change lives, donate now.

 

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New to the SOS Campaign

NEW curriculum coming soon!

Look for curriculum on The Kite Runner graphic novel coming in early 2012!

Meet our newest SOS Members

We are pleased to welcome the following schools to the SOS program:

  • Silver Creek High School in San Jose, California where 163 students will be participating
  • Edgewood High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Edgewood, Maryland where 1,000 students will be participating.  We are excited to see how the competition between the Junior and Freshman classes to build shelters goes!  We have learned that the Juniors are selling bricks to help raise money to build their shelter by raising $1,500.  We wish each class the best of luck.
  • Notre Dame Marist Academy School, a K-5th grade IB School in Waterford, Michigan where 116 students will participate and where they have already held three assemblies to kick-off their campaign!
  • University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. There program will launch this month!
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Peru where 1,000 students will participate in the program following The Kite Runner curriculum.  We are very pleased to welcome our first international school to the SOS program!

We hope you join us in welcoming these schools and all of the students who will be participating in the SOS program.  We will provide updates as the schools progress with their campaigns.

 

See Our Newest Products

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the holidays?  We have a wide array of stunning handcrafted items made by Afghan women refugees.  Is there anything better than giving a gift that the recipient will love while helping support Afghan women?  See our newest arrivals; the Farah Clutch Purse and the Pista Flower Purse.

The Farah Clutch Purses are handcrafted by Afghan artisans in two-tone 100% cotton fabric.  They are lightly padded with a delightful flower hand embroidered on the front panel.  Each purse has a zippered closure, as well as a zippered pocket inside, with a convenient strap attached.  Purses are approximately 8 ¾” wide and 8 ½” high.

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The Pista Flower purses are elegant drawstring bags made from genuine burkas.  Each is hand crafted by an Afghan artisan in gorgeous, rich colors.  Colorful stitching runs across the natural pleats in the material to add interest.  A pretty multi-colored handmade flower adorns the center of each bag.  The bag has two handles for easy carrying. You will want one in every color!

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Coming Soon – St Erasmus Jewelry

We are pleased to announce a collaboration between TKHF and St.Erasmus.  Pieter Louis Erasmus founded the brand, world renowned for their incredible costume jewelry and inspired from remembered textures of the African landscape, colors and patterns used by its people. Both First Lady Michelle Obama and British actress Caroline Quentin have worn St.Erasmus pieces.  The Spring 2012 collection  was inspired by A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  This collection was showcased at The Premiere Classe ‘Salon d’accessoires de mode’ in Paris in September 2011, the seventh season St.Erasmus has appeared at the event. TKHF has received several exquisite pieces from St. Erasmus and we will be auctioning them off with proceeds benefiting the foundation’s grantees.  Please visit St. Erasmus’ site to see the extraordinary collection that was inspired by A Thousand Splendid Suns and Laila.  Look for more information on when and where the donated statement pieces will be available!

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