Help Change Lives

by Rachel Baker on August 28, 2010

Inspired by readers around the world who have embraced and shared Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Riverhead Books is helping for your help in an effort to picture a book changing lives.

All you have to do is share photos of yourself reading or holding a copy of either The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns and for each eligible photo (limit two still photographs per account) that is uploaded to the group, Riverhead Books (A member of Penguin Group-USA) will donate $2.00 (up to a maximum $25,000 donation) to the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

This campaign has been running since June 15, and has now been extended through December 1, 2010. All you have to do is visit the Hosseini community page at Penguin Books and upload photos of yourself and/or friends reading or holding a copy of either book.

Click here for a copy of the flyer.

The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. The Foundation supports projects which provide shelter to refugee families and economic and education opportunities for women and children. In addition, the Foundation awards scholarships to students who have migrated to the United States under refugee status and to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan.

The Khaled Hosseini Foundation focuses on providing shelters for families, economic opportunities and jobs for women, and education for children.

Some of the past and recent accomplishments of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation include:

  • In 2009 funds donated by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation resulted in the completion of 102 UNHCR shelters providing benefit to 612 people.
  • A scholarship was awarded to a student attending University of California Berkeley that entered the US under adverse circumstances for the 2009 / 2010 academic year.
  • A scholarship will be provided to the American University of Afghanistan to assist Afghan women seeking a higher education in the region for the 2009 / 2010 academic year.
  • Funding provided to Trust in Education in 2008 and 2009 helped
    • support 29 teachers enabling them to teach 849 children (of which 602 are girls),
    • the building of a classroom by villagers in the Lalander region,
    • the distribution of seeds and fertilizer to farmers increasing their production by 3 to 4x normal capacity,
    • the implementation of the Aschiana program in Kabul to benefit and educate street children enabling TIE to support 60 children in addition to supplying all computer equipment for a computer class for the children), and
    • the completion of an irrigation project that will benefit over 60 families (an estimated 360 people).
  • Three classrooms for Trust in Education’s latest project, Zohra’s School for Girls, were sponsored by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation in 2010.
  • The Khaled Hosseini Foundation provided funding to Afghan Friends Network. The funds were allocated to the Khurasan Learning Center at Qalai Qadam and allowed on average, 230 girls from grades 9 through 12 to receive education from April 2009 to March 2010.
  • Funding was provided to Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation that assisted with opening The Zabuli Education Center for Women and Girls. The center provides education for roughly 250 girls in the village of Deh’Subz.
  • The Foundation provided funds that aided the UNHCR in renovating and / or constructing 41 classrooms for refugee children from Darfur in Mile and Kounoungou refugee camps in Chad. This resulted in the ability for 3,394 students to enroll in school in the Kounoungou camp and 4,601 students to enroll in the Mile camp in 2008 / 2009.
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