Saturday, September 10, 2011

Afghan Women's Writing Project
NYT article 9-7-11

Earlier this week, the NYT ran an article about the Afghan Women's Writing Project. Last year, we sent a couple boxes of wool socks and gloves to their Kabul coordinator Tina to deliver to the women writers to show our support and to help keep them warm.

Here's the link to the article --
An Outlet for Afghan Women Online

We don't have photos of the women's faces because of security and privacy concerns, but here's a photo of some of the women in Kabul sorting their gift of wool items from us --

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Suraya Sadeed's book is out!
Founder of NGO Help the Afghan Children

Hope summer has been treating you all well! I hear that most of the U.S. has been too hot for knitting. Here on planet San Francisco, we don't even own shorts. No new campaign yet, but we'll post an update to our email list as soon as we have some news. Thanks for stashing the wool yarn until needed.

Our last 2 campaigns were for the children in the schools operated by NGO Help the Afghan Children. Our wool blankets and garments are to arrive in time for the winter cold. Suraya Sadeed founded this organization, and now she has written about her life and experience in a book: "Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse."

Suraya has her own website, and I want to point our her page of photos -- where you can see images of the school kids and a supply truck (arranged by the Mennonite Central Committee) making its way to the recipients. MMC has handled the container shipping for years for Help the Afghan Children and is arranging the transit of our knits. We're fortunate to be partnering with Suraya and these reliable and very experienced organizations. We wish them well as they continue to serve the Afghan people during wartime.

Suraya's photos.