Fundraiser Hosted By the Artisan Bistro

Fundraiser hosted by the Artisan Bistro

August 17 Event Menu

Join us for a fundraising event hosted by the Artisan Bistro in Lafayette, California on August 17th.  Enjoy a seven course meal with wine pairings prepared by Chef John Marquez, who has worked at The French Laundry and Coi in San Francisco as well as Picasso in the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas and Per Se in New York.  Tickets are available at $250 per person and all proceeds will benefit The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.  See the link within for more information and to purchase tickets.

If you own a restaurant in the Bay Area and are interested in hosting a fundraising event please contact us at



Notre Dame High School in San Jose, CA Successfully Launches SOS

Our SOS site is now LIVE!


Student Outreach for Shelters (SOS) integrates a rigorous, secondary school curriculum with a service-learning program.  Students reading Khaled Hosseini’s novels can connect classroom learning to the world beyond school, and make a positive difference for children and families in Afghanistan.

The classroom curriculum, linked to standards, includes lesson plans, activities, videos, slideshows, and additional resources that can be used in part or as a whole. The service-learning component of SOS empowers students to save lives by raising funds to build homes for families in Afghanistan in cooperation with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

While the SOS program was developed for the classroom, it can also be used by book clubs, church groups and other organizations who want to study Khaled’s books and make a difference in the lives of Afghan refugees returning to Afghanistan.

Visit our new SOS site to learn more about the program, gain access to free curriculum for The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and find out how you can participate in fundraisers to build shelters.

Successful SOS implementation at Notre Dame High School in San Jose, CA


In the 2010/ 2011 school year, Notre Dame High School (NDHS) adopted the SOS program during their school-wide study of A Thousand Splendid Suns.  The all girls’ high school was eager to participate and embraced the SOS program with enthusiasm.  The girls were able to raise over $10,000 to build ~7 shelters, which will be home for roughly 42 people. One of NDHS’s teachers captured the sentiment on campus best when he said, “One of my favorite expressions is Gandhi’s ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ By contributing to the SOS campaign, we can help change a small part of the world, which allows me and my students to be the kind of change we want to see in the world.” (Jim Floyd, Social Studies Department Chair, Notre Dame High School, San Jose)

Find out more about how NDHS implemented their SOS campaign.



Khaled Hosseini Speaks at the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival

This past June, Khaled Hosseini spoke at the Aspen Institute’s, 35th annual Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival.  The festival’s theme for 2011 was “Papyrus” and celebrated the bewitching literature of the modern Middle East.  He was among several notable authors who spoke, including Colum McCann, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Let the Great World Spin, and Reza Aslan, the internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions.  Khaled participated in a discussion with Firoozeh Dumas where they told the backstories of their lives; who they were before they became writers and how their paths from Afghanistan and Iran, respectively, led them to where they are today. Select the links within to watch a video of it or read more about the discussion.



IB Americas Announces Launch of SOS Program

At the 2011 Conference of the Americas held last July in San Antonio, Texas, IB Americas announced their launch of the SOS program.  The conference rooms at the event were decorated with kites hanging from the ceiling that were handcrafted by IB students participating in the SOS program. The visual was both stunning and moving.

Over 100 IB Schools in Texas raised $30,000 in less than six months for the SOS program.  The funds will be dedicated to the TKHF-UNHCR shelter program to build 20 shelters providing refuge for 120 people.  Students, through their creativity and passion, held a number of fundraisers including lemonade and ice pop stands, donating used books for a book sale and selling things that they made after school.  We look forward to seeing how other schools in the IB system embrace the SOS program and make it their own. To view Khaled’s speech at the IB America conference please see the link within (Khaled’s introduction and speech start at 11 minute mark).

If your school is interested in adopting the SOS program, please contact us at



TKHF Grantee Update

TKHF scholarship at University of California Berkeley (UCB) awarded

Ghazaleh Tadayon, originally from Iran and studying political science with a specialization in comparative politics, received TKHF’s scholarship at UCB for the 2010/2011 school year.  Ghazaleh will be graduating next May and will be pursuing a law degree.  She is interested in international relations and human rights.  When asked about what she sees for her future, she said, “I have the opportunity to pursue a field that I would never have been able to in my own country. I have the opportunity to make a difference, here, back home, and internationally.  One day, I hope to be able to help [everyone who] wants to make a better future for themselves”.  Please join us in congratulating Ghazaleh and wishing her well in her studies.

First recipient of TKHF scholarship at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) graduates!


Khatera Afghan the first recipient of TKHF scholarship at AUAF, graduated in May with a degree in Business Administration.  Khatera, from the Ghazni Province in Afghanistan, participated in the Student Government of AUAF, and served as the President of the Women’s Aerobic Club.  She joined 31 other graduates, 8 of them women, in the first commencement ceremony for the University since opening in 2006.

Read more about the graduation.

TKHF welcomes the Afghan Institute of Learning as its newest Grantee

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) joins our grantees in making a lasting and meaningful impact in the lives of women and children in Afghanistan.  AIL was founded in 1995 by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and works to empower all Afghans who are vulnerable and in need by expanding their educational opportunities, and by fostering critical thinking skills, self-reliance, and community participation. AIL provides training and seed grants to community-based Afghan educational organizations to improve their management, implement interactive teaching methods, and increase their student enrollment–particularly for female students.  TKHF awarded a $10,000 grant to AIL to support its Mahamoodia and Yacoobi Foundation Centers.

Learn more about AIL.



Have You Seen Our Bracelets and Bookmarks or Heard About Our New Pendants and Pins?


For those of you who have not had the opportunity to see our handcrafted bracelets and embroidered bookmarks we encourage you to take a look.  These ornate and beautifully handcrafted pieces in traditional Afghan styles and colors make excellent gifts for friends, families and colleagues.  Your purchase supports Afghan women, most of them mothers seeking to support their families, in Pakistani refugee camps.   Learn more about our products and the women who make them.

Also, look for our sterling silver lapel pins and pendants coming soon!  These hand-cast, hand-polished kites are three dimensional and engraved with “TKHF”.  They are elegant with their classic design and are a wonderful way to show your support.  We at TKHF don’t leave home without ours!