Have you joined our Stop the Suffering campaign for 2012?

During this time of year many of us are blessed to be surrounded by family and friends in our homes celebrating traditions, making memories to last a lifetime. At the same time, mothers and fathers in Afghanistan are wondering how they can keep their children warm. For families without shelter, staving off the freezing temperatures is a constant concern.

Khaled has said,

“For only $2,000, we can save a family from the unforgiving winter in Afghanistan by providing a desperately needed shelter. As a father, it is difficult for me to fathom the tragedy of not being able to put a roof over your child’s head.”

You can make a difference, you can save a life. Please join us in ending this needless suffering.

Change conditions for one family, one home at a time. Just look at how great the impact of your gift will be:

  • Just $80 provides shelter tool kits for four families;
  • $160 provides shelter tool kits for eight families;
  • $447 provides the doors and windows to complete a shelter;
  • $2,000 makes it possible for a family to construct their home from start to finish and begin a new life with renewed hope and safety.

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Cheryl Jennings Moderates Harker Event!

Emmy Award winning news anchor Cheryl Jennings acted as moderator for Khaled’s speaking event at Harker in San Jose, CA on November 30, 2012. Cheryl is weekday co-anchor of ABC7 News at 11:00 a.m. and anchor of ABC7 News at 5:00 p.m. She also files special assignment news reports and is the host of the community affairs program Beyond the Headlines.

In 2005 Cheryl co-founded Roots of Peace Children’s Penny Campaign in Marin County to de-mine playgrounds, soccer fields and schools in Afghanistan. Bay Area school children helped raise 50 million pennies to remove landmines in Afghanistan. The money has also helped build two schools there and repair four others. The program was honored by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Due to Cheryl’s commitment of helping people in Afghanistan, she has expressed interest in collaborating with Khaled and his foundation in the future to further humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan.

Roughly 400 people attended the event at The Harker School to hear Khaled speak about his writing and humanitarian work through his foundation. Sid Krishnamurthi, a student at Harker and member of the Interact Club, who was instrumental in starting an SOS fundraiser in the club, introduced Khaled.

Thank you again Cheryl for being such a gracious moderator and assisting in making our event at Harker such a huge success!!! We are truly honored by your interest and enthusiasm in our foundation and most importantly, the people of Afghanistan.

Learn more about Cheryl Jennings, and the many different community service organizations in which she serves.

Access coverage of the event:

Channel 7 News
Harker Q&A
Harker Reception

Chris Nikoloff (Head of School, Harker), Sidhart Krishnamurthi, Cheryl Jennings & Khaled Hosseini

Chris Nikoloff (Head of School, Harker), Sidhart Krishnamurthi, Cheryl Jennings & Khaled Hosseini © Channel 7 News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Khaled’s Corner:

And the Mountains Echoed

Riverhead Books recently announced a new novel from Khaled, titled AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, to be published May 21, 2013. His first new book in six years, this novel is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

Khaled says,

“I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing. My earlier novels were, at heart, tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multigenerational-family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other. I am thrilled at the chance to share this book with my readers.”

His Riverhead editor, Sarah McGrath, says,

“I couldn’t imagine what Khaled would write next, but he’s surprised and amazed me once again. He is a born storyteller with a huge heart and a deeply felt knowledge of the different ways people all over the world experience love and loss. I’m deeply moved by the power and compassion of his storytelling, and so honored to be working again with Khaled.”

Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly negotiated the acquisition of North American rights. At Riverhead, Vice President, Executive Editor Sarah McGrath will edit Khaled Hosseini’s novel.

The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid SunsAND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Central Station: A beautiful film by Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles, about a young boy’s search for his father. Hard not to choke up with this one. The final few shots of the film are unforgettable.

The Baader Meinhof Complex: a fast moving German film about the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a radical far-left militant group that led a violent campaign in Germany in the 1970’s. Disturbing and exciting and informative.

Warrior: This is a different kind of film from my usual recommendations. The film was marketed as a Mixed Martial Arts movie, and though yes the two main characters are Ultimate Fighters, the film is really about a broken family. Two estranged brothers, and their damaged father. Nick Nolte, who should have been nominated, conveys his character’s pain and regret to heartbreaking effect.

The Way Home: A Korean import, and one of the sweetest films I have seen in years, about an elderly woman who lives in a remote village and is put in charge of her urban and highly spoiled grandson. The evolving relationship between the silent old woman and the boy is a marvel to watch.

Higher Ground: Directed by Vera Fumiga, who also stars, this is a thoughtful, mature film about religion and the struggle with faith. Hollywood has a checkered history of portraying Midwestern Christians in broad stereotypes, but this is the rare Hollywood film that is even handed and looks at the role of religion in an individual’s life without judgment or agenda.

Recommended reads:

This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz: A collection of stories by the author of Drown and The Brief And Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Told from the heart, in a confiding voice, effortless and beautiful, without a false note or a word of artifice in the whole book.

Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women, by Peggy Kelsey: This book is not published but will be released in the coming months. It gives voice to the struggles, sacrifices, and hopes of a remarkable cast of Afghan women. The collection is a testament to the courage and resilience of women who yearn to rebuild their war-torn nation and for the freedom to choose the course of their own lives.

Dear Zari, by Zarghuna Kargar: Another book about Afghan women. A collection of testimonies that depict the struggles and hopes of Afghan women. An often emotional and at times painful read, but well worth it.

The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert: This is a wonderful graphic novel. A gripping read and every page is a feast for the eyes. Part riveting memoir, part adventure story, The Photographer brings home the heavy toll that the Soviet war continues to exact on the Afghan people.

Off Mike, by Michael Krasny: Krasny is one of the most skilled and informed talk radio hosts of our time. Off Mike is an insightful homage not only to his craft, at which he has few peers, but also to the impressive litany of writers and personalities who have appeared on his show. He is as thoughtful and gracious on the page as he is behind the mike.

Khaled in the news!

Khaled’s Interview with Cheryl Jennings of Channel 7 News

In a recent interview Khaled did with Cheryl Jennings he spoke about Afghanistan, the plight of its people and his foundation’s humanitarian work in the region. Find out more about what he and his wife, Roya are doing through their foundation to help their homeland. Access the coverage.

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Khaled’s Interview with The Daily Beast

Khaled’s interview with Noah Charney of The Daily Beast, titled Khaled Hosseini: How I Write, focused on his writing habits including all the quirks and routines. Interested in finding out what phrase Khaled overuses, where he writes and what his morning routines are? Read the article now.

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Khaled’s Interview with The Guardian

Khaled was interviewd by Vanessa Thorpe of The Guardian regarding Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman theatres securing the rights to stage the European premiere of Matthew Spangler’s award-winning stage adaptation of The Kite Runner. In the interview Khaled also discusses his upcoming book and the future of Afghanistan. Read the article now.

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Khaled inducted into the East Side Union High School District’s Hall of Fame.

On November 3rd, East Side Union High School District Education Foundation inducted Khaled into the District’s Thomas P. Ryan Hall of Fame. Khaled is a former Independence High School graduate and longtime Bay Area resident. He was honored to be inducted and to be included with so many other notable community members.

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Grantee Update

Please join us in welcoming our newest grantees AMOR and WAW!

American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR), exists to provide health care to those who cannot provide for themselves. AMOR is dedicated to improving the health of people in impoverished areas; focusing on maternal and newborn care, children’s health, trauma and urgent care, and health and hygiene education. They are committed to providing quality health care that will not only meet the immediate needs of the population in a specific area, but also introducing new standards of care in each country they serve.

Our grant of $5k will help support one of AMOR’s three female residents, Dr. Hoosa-Asim, working as a primary care physician in Afshar Hospital, a 100-bed hospital located in the southwest region of Kabul, Afghanistan. Dr. Hoosa-Asim is brave, beautiful and the puts a face to the brilliance of women in Afghanistan working so hard every day to restore the nation’s health.

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Women for Afghan Women (WAW), is a women’s human rights organization based in Kabul and New York. The agency was founded in April 2001, six months before 9/11, and since then has advocated for the rights of Afghan women and built programming to secure, protect and advance Afghan women’s human rights in New York and across Afghanistan. They operate an impressive array of programs in Afghanistan, some of which may be the first or only of their kind (particularly those serving women and children in prisons).

Our $5k grant will support The Children’s Support Center so that it may continue to provide educational opportunities, healthcare, psychological counseling and a safe home to children of women imprisoned in Afghanistan.

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Some of the children benefitting from The Children’s Support Center. © WAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teens review The Kite Runner

We are often asked if we consider The Kite Runner, graphic novel or original novel, appropriate for a teen or younger audience. Khaled has said in the past, “The graphic novel contains the same mature themes as the book and is not intended for young children. I am confident that parents and teachers know when it is the right time to introduce the story to their children. There is a wide spectrum of maturity among children and what they can handle and therefore I leave it up to parents and educators to decide whether the book is appropriate for a given child.”

Teen Ink, a site that includes articles, poetry and stories written by teens for teens since 1989 recently published a book review on The Kite Runner. Mark Johnson from Montreal, Canada, reviewed the novel and said “All in all, The Kite Runner is a must-read for the modern-day teen. This precious gem may make you think twice before your actions, as these can have unforeseeable consequences.”

We hope that this information will help when evaluating whether or not The Kite Runner is appropriate for your child.

The Kite Runner

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Helping Afghan women artisans

We are proud to offer an array of gorgeous hand crafted products from Zardozi. Zardozi is a registered Afghan non-governmental organization who employs over 1,500 female Afghan artisans living as refugees in Pakistan and surrounding areas. The money these artisans make from producing and selling their embroidery and handcrafted items empowers them in many diverse ways. Many of the women use their income to support their children’s education, in particular taking their children away from carpet work by sending them to school. Other women spend money on prenatal check-ups – often for the first time in their lives despite multiple pregnancies. In a country with the worst infant mortality rate and 21st worst for maternal fatalities in the world, this is a life altering opportunity. All of the women describe having an income of their own as life changing in terms of achieving status as individuals in their families and communities and allowing them some control over their own lives.

All profits from the sale of our Zardozi products are reinvested back into purchasing new products to help support these amazing women. Please help these wonderful women by purchasing something for yourself, or as a gift for a friend or family member! Enjoy!

Afghan artisans

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