I know. You can’t stop reading your social media feed, or thinking about the new Administration, or bailing out from the storm, or listening to analysis of today’s ruling on the immigration ban. I can’t either. But this is time sensitive because tickets to ACT’s production of A Thousand Splendid Suns are almost sold out. The performance is riveting, and centers on two women surviving domestic abuse and the oppression of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. Based on the novel written by Khaled Hosseini, the production has a hauntingly gorgeous original score written and performed by David Coulter. Timely, relevant and beautiful, the play touches on many issues related to today’s news — refugees, violence against women, resilience, and most importantly, the power of love. If you go, please stop at the table in the lobby to learn more about The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.
I’m not sure what images come to your mind when you think of education for girls in Afghanistan, but this recent photo is one of the best I have received in some time. Trust in Education is a grassroots organization spearheaded by one tenaciously generous man, Budd McKenzie. Budd knows that educational opportunity for girls must include play as well as study which is why the children in this photo have a slide–something not often seen in rural Afghan villages. To learn more about Trust in Education and additional effective and reputable organizations making a difference in Afghanistan, see the list of grantees being supported by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.