Khaled Signs Amnesty International’s Open Letter on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

On May 20th Amnesty International hosted a “Shadow Summit” in Chicago at the onset of NATO meetings.  The Summit’s aim was to bring women’s issues to the forefront of the NATO events, since they were not slated to be a focus when the future of Afghanistan was to be discussed. See article covering event.  Amnesty International penned an open letter to President’s Obama and Karzai, signed by luminaries and activists for women’s rights.  Included in the signatures were Madeleine Albright (former US Secretary of State), Sima Samar (Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission), Meryl Streep (Actress and Human Rights Activist), Sandra Day O’Connor (retired US Supreme Court Justice), William Cohen (former US Secretary of Defense 1997-2001), Sting (Artists and Human Rights Activist), Stephen King (Author) and Sakena Yacoobi (Executive Director of Afghan Institute of Learning and TKHF grantee).  See the full list of signatories as well as the open letter and press release from Amnesty International.

Khaled was honored to be included among the signatories for the letter and hopes that the women of Afghanistan will not be forgotten or overlooked in the process of discussing the future of Afghanistan, as they are the backbone of country.  The future of Afghanistan must include women to secure progress made and make further advancements in women’s rights.

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Are You Ready for a Packing Party?

One of our grantees, Trust in Education (TIE), is holding a packing party on Sunday, June 10th in San Leandro, California.  TIE has been a long-time grantee and is doing some amazing work in Afghanistan.  One of the cornerstones of their commitment to the Afghan people is their annual clothing drive and packing party.  They ship literally tons of clothing through a cooperative with the US military to Afghanistan.  If you have any extra items, know friends who have extra items, or want to assist with the packing, please review their announcement to get more details.  I loved the video they included this year and found it quite heartwarming.  It is truly amazing what we can do, how we can change the world, when we just stop to think of others and take small steps to alleviate suffering where we see it.

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SOS Schools Building Homes, Changing Lives with their Donations!

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Gertz-Ressler High School in Los Angeles, California, Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colorado and Edgewood High School in Edgewood, Maryland for submitting donations through the SOS program. Their donations will be used to save two families of up to six people each from the unforgiving and often treacherous elements in Afghanistan. Once the families are selected by the UNHCR, the families will receive building materials and instruction to complete their new home! Look for updates on our other schools participating in the SOS program in upcoming newsletters. Thank you again to all of the students and, of course, their teachers for tirelessly working to make real change happen for Afghan families. They are changing the world, one home at a time!

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 Building a home – changing lives forever!

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