GIVE TO LIVE
As part of its support for humanitarian needs, Nooristan Foundation (NF) has a “Give to Live” campaign, which promotes projects that provide direct support to the needy in Afghanistan.
The first project completed under this campaign was a food drive during the month of Ramadan in September 2008. NF Founder and volunteer Dr. Nadir Atash donated $2,000 to purchase food for families living in tent camps. $40 supported one family for two weeks. NF also sent a letter to the Public Information Office of the World Food Programme, pressing for assistance to families living in tent cities, many whom faced possible starvation.
In September 2008, NF also organized a winter clothing and blanket collection drive in the Washington, DC area. DHL Global Forwarding, a recognized logistics company, offered free shipment of the clothing and blankets to Afghanistan. Afghans4Tomorrow, a U.S. nonprofit organization with experience implementing projects in Afghanistan, was selected as the in-country distribution partner by NF.
NF also partnered with Blanket Brigade, a charitable organization that has organized many clothing and blanket drives for the needy. Collectively, the organizations set up donation drop off points in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The organizations not only promoted the drive to the Afghan-American community, but received support from area churches, schools and universities.
In addition to NF’s program partners noted above, the drive was made possible through the generous support of:
- Mr. Atta Amin-- Afghan-American businessman in Virginia who made the arrangements for shipping with DHL and assisted in the clearance of the container of clothing collected.
- George Mason University-- promoted the drive to its students and served as a collection site through the help of graduate student and NF Program Manager Melanie Smith.
- Mr. Zaher Yaqubie-- provided free warehouse space for the clothing and blankets to be stored securely in Kabul until distribution.
- Dominion Middle School-- promoted the drive to its students and served as a collection site through the help of NF volunteer Iman Mourtaza.
- Mustafa Center-- served as a collection site.
- Medina Market-- served as a collection site.
- Potomac United Methodist Church-- served as a collection site.
- Airport Motors-- served as a collection site through help of Blanket Brigade volunteer Ameena Kazem.
- Airpark Quick Lube-- served as a collection site through help of NF Founder Dr. Nadir Atash.
- Chantilly Market-- served as a collection site.
The “Give to Live” campaign has served as a partnership between nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, U.S. companies, and individual activists and has benefited hundreds of families in Afghanistan.