This year, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation is pleased to announce that our annual fundraising campaign will focus on providing emergency food relief programs for women and children in Afghanistan.
According to the World Food Programme, over 35% of Afghans are projected to be either acutely food insecure or in the emergency phase for food insecurity and two-thirds of the population requires humanitarian assistance. These numbers illustrate how grave the hunger crisis is in Afghanistan, making the focus of our appeal an absolute necessity.
Our 2023 Campaign:
I’ve been thinking a lot about hope these past few weeks – how we lose it, how we must protect it, and the unsung heroes who, even in the most difficult of times, restore it for others.
On October 7, 2023, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake caused massive destruction in Herat, Afghanistan. This natural disaster, just the latest of many, further exacerbated the country’s humanitarian crisis. Today, 29,000,000 Afghans, or approximately 70% of the population, are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Tragically, the majority of those are children.
Numbers as staggering as these can easily lead us to a sense of helplessness, and worse yet, hopelessness. Yet every day, an extraordinary community of Afghans and international volunteers are saving lives, one child at a time. We at The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, are blessed to be able to witness their resolve, and with your support, contribute to their tireless endeavors.
Our partners at UNICEF, for example, shared with us the story of five-month-old Ehsan, who suffered such acute malnutrition he almost perished from pneumonia. Then again at sixteen months, Ehsan required care from UNICEF for another bout of acute malnutrition before standing more firmly on the road to recovery. EMERGENCY USA, another one of our grantees, shared the story of Amir, an eighteen-month-old treated at Anabah Surgical and Pediatric Centre for severe burns and malnutrition. EMERGENCY’s surgical team cared for Amir’s wounded, fragile body in the operating theater every 48 hours for 3 weeks.
Each year, we support a year-end appeal and invite you to join us in saving lives. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 for:
emergency food relief programs
in-patient therapeutic feeding centers
mobile health and nutrition teams
stipends that enable families in need to purchase food and medicine.
I thank you, with all my heart, for joining me today with a gift of any size. I hope that contributing as generously as you can fills you with the joy that comes from standing with others who translate their care into action.
Together we can deliver food, health and hope for the holidays.
P.S. For your convenience, you can give online at www.khaledhosseinifoundation.org or send a check to The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, 5655 Silver Creek Valley Road, #203, San Jose, CA 95138. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Photo Credits: Photo 1 credit: UNICEF, Photo 2 credit: EUSA