2015 Events

IMG_0196 (2)Saturday, December 12, 2015
St Stephens Episcopal Church
Parish Hall
66 St. Stephens Drive, Orinda, CA

Packing Party!

It’s time to clear out our closets and donate to our friends and partners in Afghanistan.

For all suggestions on what to donate, click here.

Help anyway possible.  You can donate, help pack, set-up, clean up.

9:00 AM-10:00 AM — Setup
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Donation drop off
10:00 PM-2:00 PM — Packing the donated items
2:00 PM-3:00 PM — clean up

Most Needed (The winters are long and harsh. These are the most sought after items.)

  • Winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, hot water bottles, comforters
  • Shoes and boots. (Please tie together or put each pair in a plastic bag, or they will get separated.)


Friday, October 30, 2015
Acalanes High School — 7:00 PM

thGirl Rising Screening

Acalanes High School Students for the Advancement of Global Education Club (SAGE) is hosting a community screening for “Girl Rising”.

This film tells stories of nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

Our own Budd MacKenzie will be there to discuss the challenges involved with bringing change to the right’s of women around the world.

Friday, October 30, 7:00 PM
Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for students – SAGE is donating proceeds to TIE


Friday, October 16, 2015
Lafayette Library — 7:00 PM

Founder of Animal Rescue Organization in Afghanistan to Speak


Trust in Education will sponsor a presentation by Royal Marine Sergeant Pen Farthing, founder of Nowzad Dogs ( and recipient of the 2014 CNN Hero Award on Friday, Oct. 16. Farthing, the author of three books (One Dog at a Time, Wiley, and No Place Like Home), will speak at the Lafayette Library about the difficulties and rewards of rescuing animals in Afghanistan, a country where dogs are not considered “man’s best friend,” and the Taliban remains a serious threat. Nowzad Dogs employs a specialist to regularly sweep for IEDs at the entrances of its two animal shelter in Kabul.



FEBRUARY 23, 2014

Budd is one of 51 ‘Unsung Heroes of Compassion’, to be honored by the Dalai Lama on Feb. 23rd in San Francisco

APRIL 19, 2014

UC Davis’s Afghan Student Association Cultural Banquet
and Fundraiser

6:00pm, at Freeborn Hall, UC Davis



San Francisco Green Festival 2012
November 10: 10am – 7pm
November 11: 11am – 6pm
SF Concourse Exhibition Center, Booth 952

Come visit the TIE booth! Green Festival, the nation’s largest and most diverse sustainability event returns in its 11th year to the SF Concourse Exhibition Center, located at 638 8th St. (at Brannan). San Francisco Green Festival will offer not only an incredible sense of community but also the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping and having fun!
Featuring an organic food court; an environmental film installation presented by the Sierra Club; hands-on DIY workshops; organic vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations; an organic beer and wine garden; live music; and an incredible Green Marketplace for all of your holiday shopping needs. For more information click HERE.

San Francisco Concourse Holiday Sale – November 24 & 25, 2012
November 24: 10am – 5pm
November 25: 10am – 4pm

We will be selling jewelry and handbags from Afghanistan. We will also have solar oven kits for purchase.

Mt. Diablo Peace Center– December 11, 2012 from 6 – 9pm

Budd is giving a talk at the Mt. Diablo Peace Center potluck dinner titled, “Afghanistan – What Now?”

Cost: $20 suggested donation and a dish to share
6:00pm – 7:00pm: optional pot luck
7:00pm: talk begins


Mt. Diablo Peace Center
55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

RSVP: 925-933-7850

Rice Packing Party

Faith Presbyterian Church
625 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95831

April 28, 2012 9:00am – 1:30pm

For more information about Faith Presbyterian Church:

For more information about Stop Hunger Now:


Another “Fun Raiser”–Save the Date!

Special Guest: Comedian Mark Lundholm

Veteran’s Memorial Building
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA, 94549

Friday 5/11/12     6:30- 9:30 pm 

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Past Events

9/17 and  9/18/2011

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

10 am – 7 pm Saturday
10 am-    6 pm Sunday

Downtown Lafayette, California (Google Map) – Off Highway 24, west of the I-680/Highway 24 interchange

Admission to the Festival is free.



Bioneers Conference 2011

Exhibit booth  Friday-Sunday

Marin Conference Center|
San Rafael, CA

For more information on the Bioneers Conference, click here.

Friday 5/27/11

Another “Fun Raiser”patrick_martin magician

Patrick has performed at the White House and many celebrity parties.
Be part of the magic! Join our celebration event!

Budd MacKenzie will also update us with stories from  his April trip to Afghanistan.  He will discuss many experiences that he has not shared publicly before, including what has worked and what has not.  Come and hear Budd’s ground level report of working for children in Afghanistan.

6-7:30 pm complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres
7-9:15 program

Adults $60  Students $30

Veterans Memorial Building
3780 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA

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