September 2013 Newsletter


School is back in session! Consider purchasing one of our hand-embroidered bookmarks for your textbook, cook book, or the latest novel you are reading. The delicate embroidered detail work on these bookmarks is extraordinary and proceeds from your purchase help the Afghan women refugee artisans making them!

September 2013 Newsletter

Changes at TKHF!

Have you seen our new look?

We recently completed website changes for our TKHF and SOS sites.  We have streamlined each site and made them easier to use.  Our foundation site now has a special page where you can choose your language.  You may access limited information on the foundation in any of the following languages:  Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  If you preferred language is not there, please check back with us, as we are adding new languages all the time. We also now have a book club section and our SOS site has an easy to follow path for individuals and organizations interested in signing up for SOS.

Meet the latest member to the foundation family!

We are proud to announce the addition of Parisa Mirza-Khan to the foundation team.  Parisa joins us as a Project Coordinator and will specialize in our SOS program and product sales. Read more to find out about Parisa’s background. 

Khaled’s Corner

What is Khaled watching and reading?

Books and Films

I am frequently asked what I am reading and watching.  See TKHF’s blog for books I am reading currently and enjoying tremendously, as well as some recommended films.


What has Khaled been up to? Where will he be next?

This month, Khaled participated in a Litquake event for San Francisco’s Literary Festival and the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. He also appeared at an event hosted by Kepler’s Arts and Lectures and moderated by fellow Afghan author Tamim Ansary in Redwood City. Half of the proceeds benefited The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

If you are in the Bay Area and missed the Kepler’s event please consider attending Khaled’s next local event in Palo Alto on November 8.  This is expected to be one of the last few events  Khaled will do in the Bay Area this year and half of the proceeds will benefit The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.  The other half benefits one of our grantees, Trust in Education. We hope to see you there!


Announcing new grants for GoodWeave and EMERGENCY USA.


GoodWeave, a TKHF grantee since 2012, works to eradicate child labor in the handmade rug industry. In 2012, TKHF provided funding for their early childhood education center in Balk Province. The center opened in July 2012, with 30 children attending. Since its opening, there has been 100% attendance. The meal that is provided is often the only and most nutritious meal the children will get all day. In 2013, 25 of the children graduated, making room for a new class of students. We are pleased to announce the continuation of funding for this program. The center ensures that the children are not exploited as child labor or left in unsafe situations while their families work to weave carpets.

GoodWeave © Romano 2012

GoodWeave © Romano 2012


A grantee since 2011, Emergency USA (E-USA) provides free-of-charge, high-standard medical and surgical care to victims of war and also works to promote a culture of peace, solidarity, and respect for human rights. Our grant for 2013 will fund the purchase of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine for the neonatal unit located in Emergency’s Maternity and Gynecology Unit adjacent to the Medical and Surgical Center in the village fo Anabah, in the Northern Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan. More than 300 babies are born every month at EMERGENCY’s Maternity Centre, which is the only specialized and free facility in the area. More than 17,000 babies were born at the Centre as of December 2012. Read more in TKHF’s blog.

Meet one of the first patients to use the new CPAP



Student Outreach for Shelters – SOS

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 more than $2,000 in 2013! He kindly shared with us why he chose to help and what he did to effect change.

Sidhart’s story:

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. Read the rest of Sidhart’s story on TKHF’s blog.



Sidhart and Khaled at the event at

The Harker School.

School is in session – start your SOS campaign today!

School is gearing back up. Your class reading list may include one of Khaled’snovels 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. Find out what the steps are on TKHF’s blog!