Nov. 10, Sunday : Rice Packing Party
Note: We’ll pack until we’re done, but not past 3:00 pm!
Did you know you can take BART, and walk just 2 blocks to the warehouse? Bring a book to read on the ride, or better yet .. bring 2 or 3 friends along!! Stay as long as you can.
Experience the wonderful feeling that is created when one engages in Selfless Service!
Nov. 12 – Dec. 13 : Afghan Students’ Art Exhibit
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
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 exhibit will run for several months from November 12, 2013 to January 13, 2014. 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.
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.
News from Kabul
Trust In Education is enlisting your support in promoting the advancement of women’s rights around the world, employing a strategy that has yet to be openly adopted by our government.
To sign the online petition, please click here: GENDER EQUALITY PETITION
The United States government, and Trust in Education for that matter, have adopted what is essentially a hope strategy. We educate and advocate, trusting that women will become “empowered”, acquire more rights over time, and “things will get better”. We just need to be patient.
My patience has been exhausted by an endless stream of reported atrocities committed against women, including the videotaped public execution by a Taliban militant of an Afghan woman, accused of adultery.
The execution occurred in front of a cheering crowd of 150 men, in a village 60 miles from Kabul. One of the men used his cell phone to video the execution and it has been posted on You Tube. Not one person in the video tried to stop her execution. Women will not achieve equality, where women rights advocates are fired, shunned, ignored, ostracized, beaten, imprisoned, brutalized and killed, with impunity. Read more
Please click HERE for TIE’s upcoming speaking engagements.
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.
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.
The packing party held four days ago once again demonstrated the strength and depth of TIE’s volunteer base. The call went out and over 100 showed up. We packed 279 large boxes of clothing, blankets, shoes, toys, stuffed animals and Mylar. We also filled plastic buckets with enough rice for 140,000 meals.
It was a six hour beat-the-clock challenge that ended a half hour early. Next time we will bring band aids, more box cutters, Ben Gay, and a few cots. There were several who should have rested and didn’t. Marathon runners have nothing on TIE’s packing crew.
Everything in the warehouse was donated, including the warehouse. The Peet’s coffee stores in Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Alamo were responsible for the thousands of mylar bags that will be used to make solar ovens. Stop Hunger Now donated the rice and use of their warehouse. Paramount Global Services donated over two thousand plastic buckets. The buckets protect the rice from vermin while in transit and later become water containers.
Representatives from the AAUW Women’s Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch Sister to Sister program brought 32 double-fleece blankets that seventy two of their members made. Each blanket included a personalized letter and photo of whoever made the blanket. The first grade Clovers of Indian Valley Elementary School in Walnut Creek had previously held their own clothing drive. They brought sealed and labeled boxes of clothing that were already sorted.