Join us for a special evening with New York Times Bestselling author, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed).
Mr. Hosseini will discuss – in a casual and candid conversation – his work as both an author and human rights advocate. Book signing will follow.
Your ticket is a donation to our efforts in Afghanistan. TIE will receive all funds from ticket sales.
CLICK HERE to Purchase Your Tickets.
Nov. 12 – Dec. 13 : Afghan Students’ Art Exhibit
for a Reception
Tuesday, Nov. 12th at 6pm
TIE Students’ Art from Afghanistan
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
The Lafayette Public Art Committee asked if they could display artwork created by our Afghan students, and we eagerly agreed.
Come see incredible drawings depicting the children’s longing for Peace and their belief in Education as the key. The pieces in this exhibit are part of an art exchange between American students and Afghan students.
The library gallery is open every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and during public events in the Community Hall.
On Sunday, November 10th, joined by around 55 volunteers, we packed 33,336 packages of rice = 200,016 meals in less than 4 hours!
You got the job done!
The atmosphere in the warehouse was upbeat, and it was a joy watching the elementary and middle school kids happily banging lids onto the buckets of rice hour after hour. I walked around reminding them to take a break now and then!
A muffin and bottle of juice later, they were back in place. It was like watching Santa’s elves busily assembling toys for children.
Students came from WCI, Acalanes, the Meher Schools, Saratoga Elementary, Redwood Middle School, St. Andrews, Bentley and Country Club in San Ramon.
These girls were like the Energizer bunny!
A couple of 7th and 8th graders decided to haul boxes of rice that weighed as much as they probably did…to the tables, as a ‘break’ from their mallets. I wanted to hand out Ribbons at the end of the day!
Energetic Volunteers arrived in all sizes and equally pitched in to pack buckets of rice
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The total meals we will deliver in the next 45 days = 300,000 bringing year total to
over 600,000 meals that you helped pack!
That will go a long way to feed a large number of families through the harsh winter months.
|A first time volunteer from Berkeley gets second pallet of rice ready for shipping
I think our old-time volunteers were just as surprised and thrilled as we were to watch our new crop of volunteers put their hearts and souls into the work. A good time was had by all.
You were all AWESOME!
Click HERE for to see what we’re planning for the Fall and Why we have Events.
The news from and about Afghanistan continues to be troubling. Jack Howell brought me the most recent “bad news” article written by Joel Brinkley, recently published in the San Francisco Chronicle, entitled “Greedy Karzai risks U.S. triggering the “zero option”.
Long time no report. My apologies. I’ve been in Montana vegging. No, not eating them, just fixating on the blue skies, farmland, cattle, deer, rivers and lakes. If you’ve been to Glacier National Park, you’ll understand.
An indication of how spectacular Montana can be is pictured below. My brother, Kirk, took this photo of the dam controlling the water level of Flathead Lake. The lake is larger than Tahoe’s and the dam is higher than Niagara Falls.
Visit Glacier National Park! Do not pass go or collect $200. If you are lucky they will let water out of the Flathead Lake while you are there. Bring bear spray.
News from Kabul
The buckets of rice and items we packed in June arrived in Kabul. Eight of the 11 military pallets sent have been moved into our office in Kabul (pictured below).
The security involved in getting trucks through the guards and gates at Kabul’s airport is impressive. It can take several hours. On one occasion Basir waited for hours, only to be turned away and told to come another day. Getting a pickup time takes days. It all went smoothly this shipment. Basir is three for three, with one more to go. Read more
TIE is selling beautiful Afghan lapis jewelry. Each piece has been improved by our dedicated quality control volunteer, Suzanne Rogge. Suzanne creates her own beautiful jewelry pieces and donates a portion of her profits to TIE and other nonprofit organizations close to her heart.
Suzanne did some online research and this is what she discovered;
“Many of these pieces are made with genuine lapis lazuli from the Bedakhshan province in northern Afghanistan which is the world’s main source for this gemstone. Mined in this region for 6000 years, lapis was traded all along the old Silk Road and has been found in ancient Egyptian, Sumerian and Mesopotamian sites of antiquity.
Most famous for a deep luscious cobalt blue color, lapis is said to have properties which include releasing stress as well as creating harmony, a sense of peace and deep inner self knowledge. Lapis is also said to stimulate creativity, and bonding in friendships and love relationships.”
We could all use a little lapis in our lives!
By purchasing this beautiful jewelry, you not only have the satisfaction of supporting the work we do in Afghanistan, but also the knowledge that you are supporting the livelihood of Afghan artisans and their families.
With a little luck and a lot of work we’ll create a TIE line of Afghan jewelry, the income from which will rebuild lives.
Please see Montana’s Bigfork Eagle Newspaper article titled, “A Quest to Educate Afghanistan’s Children” which highlights the role Trust In Education is playing in Afghanistan.