As we prepare for the holidays, over half a million returning Afghan refugees, mostly women and children, will face a brutal winter, many thousands of them in nothing more than makeshift tents. They will face heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures without proper shelter, and some of them –the very young, the elderly, the sick- will die. It is an all too common tragedy in Afghanistan.
Together, we can and must prevent this needless suffering.
Since 2008, my foundation has partnered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and donors like you to raise more than $750,000 for nearly 500 shelters. These life-saving homes provide shelter, protection, and safety to families, more than 2,800 people in all. I hereby pledge to match your holiday donation, dollar for dollar, as in prior years.*
I cannot put a value on the difference that you have made in the lives of these families. It is immeasurable. By helping build shelters, you have constructed a foundation for hope, health, and happiness. I am thrilled to share with you the story of one of the families that has benefited from the shelter program.
Gul Harama spent 20 years in a Pakistani refugee camp before being able to return home to Laghman Province, Afghanistan. A single mother, Gul and her eight children lived in a poorly constructed hut with a thatched roof that did little to keep out the elements.
“When it rained, the water leaked into our hut and all of our belongings would get wet,” she said.
More importantly, Gul Harama and her children were not protected from the oppressive heat of summer or the frigid cold of winter. In a country with inadequate medical care and skyrocketing poverty rates, an illness can turn from an inconvenience to a tragedy very quickly. It is not uncommon for villages to lose several children every season. The very young, elderly, and ill are at particular risk of catastrophic illness and death due to substandard living conditions.
Though Gul Harama’s older chlidren worked as laborers, their wages were barely enough to keep the family alive, let alone improve their circumstances. Luckily, the UNHCR selected Gul Harama and her family to receive a shelter.
Gul Harama’s family is one of the lucky ones. Far too many others live homeless, vulnerable to the elements, facing long odds of survival. Join me and let’s help together—one family at a time—transforming fear, loss, and uncertainty into strength, safety, and hope.
The Khaled Hosseini Foundation’s goal is to raise $52,000 in the next six months—enough to give 25 families a home, like the one in this photo.
With your help, I know, together, we can reach this goal!
And look how far your gift goes:
- Just $80 provides all the tools needed for 4 families to build their homes;
- $160 provides tool kits for 8 families;
- $465 provides the doors and windows to complete a home;
- $2,100 makes it possible for one family to construct their home from start to finish and begin a new life with renewed hope and safety.
There is no easier way to make an immediate and lasting difference for those who desperately need our help.
I thank you in advance for your kindness,
*The TKHF Shelter program provides funding to the UNHCR to facilitate the distribution of materials to individual families who build their own homes in Afghanistan. 100% of your gift will be donated to the UNHCR, along with my personal match of up to a total of $100,000.