Kevin Avers and Rameen Javid of the New Rotary Club in Kabul have done it again – provided a new cultural experience for the children of the House of Flowers while also raising awareness and funds! Last year they hosted a bowling party fundraiser, and now just two days ago, on Wednesday December 11, Rameen Javid hosted an exhibition of the children’s art at his gallery in Kabul, The Galleria. Below is Kevin’s email describing the evening:
This message was sent to donors and friends of MEPO in mid-December 2013.
An Island of Love and Harmony: The Birthday of the House of Flowers
October 2002 – present
One may ask, how could there be an island of happiness, security and love in the midst of a sea of instability and cross-fire between militaries and militias? Yet for the last eleven years our eyes, ears, and hearts have witnessed the shift from poverty, uncertainty, and negligence to vigor, vitality and passion for learning for more than 50 children in the House of Flowers. Undeniably, a magical feeling fills the House where those children have captured the hearts of the staff. Enduring the hardest financial situations while also turning down more lucrative positions, the staff have unquestionably shown their dedication to the service of these children, going beyond any conventional description of ‘holding a job’. We in MEPO strongly believe it is the power of LOVE. That also describes the conviction of the donors to the House of Flowers who have never forgotten those striving children. We salute these loving, interactive souls and hearts.
It was exactly one year ago that the House of Flowers was in grave danger of folding due to financial strain. But thanks to the responsive generosity of donors and their commitment to the Montessori model, the House survived and became even stronger. We are now undertaking our fall donation effort to build funds for next year’s budget. It is crucial that we collect funds for next year’s budget, and also to have more members who commit to monthly support.
We hope you will be able to continue to be a part of the global network that supports these children’s lives. The future of Afghanistan is in limbo, which is why these children need our commitment more than ever.
With gratitude to you,
Mostafa, Allison and MEPO
As promised, Judy Duchesne – Peckham’s book of photography of the House of Flowers, Healing Afghanistan, is out! And it is beautiful. A large, hardback full color book in this time of digital books is a real treat, especially when it features the children that so many of you all have been supporting for years. This book has pictures from when they were very young, and it is a marvel to see them then and now and realize how much has happened in their lives and how wonderfully they have matured.
There are also written commentaries by Mostafa Vaziri and Allison Lide, co-founders of the House, as well as three of the House of Flowers staff, who offer touching and poignant perspectives on their work at the House of Flowers with the children.
The book is very reasonably priced (under $40) and all the profits go to the House of Flowers! You can see more details at healingafghanistan.com