Charities in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The following charities are active in both countries. Any ties we have to the charities are disclosed below in parentheses. This list is not all-inclusive and our involvement with a charity is not meant to serve as an endorsement. There are many other charities also doing valuable aid work in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
An Education Fund for Sultan Munadi’s Children: A fund established by colleagues of the Afghan New York Times journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban in August 2009 and killed in a failed rescue attempt by British forces. Donations will be used to help educate Sultan’s children. (David has contributed to the fund.)
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Kiva: an American non-profit group that provides micro-loans to local businesses in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and countries around the world. (Kristen donated a portion of her earnings from the book to this group.)
FATA Education Foundation: A Pakistani government foundation that provides educational opportunities to the people of Pakistan’s tribal areas. (David donated a portion of his earnings from the book to this group. The foundation’s website is currently infected with malware. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to contact the foundation.)
The International Committee of the Red Cross: A Geneva based international non-profit that provides medical care, monitors the treatment of detainees and helps prisoners maintain contact with their families. (The group facilitated the transfer of two letters between Kristen and David during the kidnapping.)
Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University: A non-profit group that is building a research center at Kabul University and dispatching mobile libraries across Afghanistan. (David is a member of the group’s board of directors.)
The Committee to Project Journalists: A New York based non-profit group that works to defend the rights and safety of local and international journalists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries around the world. (Kristen and David are working with the group to help develop ways to support and assist the families of kidnapped journalists.)
Afghans for Tomorrow: A non-profit group operated by Afghans and Americans that provides education, agriculture and health programs in Kabul and Central Afghanistan. (Kristen and David are friends with Chloe Breyer, a member of the group’s board. David serves on the board of the Interfaith Center of New York. Chloe is the center’s executive director.)
Edhi Foundation: Pakistan’s leading non-profit aid group, the foundation provides medical care, ambulance services and homes for the elderly, mentally ill, young and women.
Care: an American non-profit aid group that has been working in Afghanistan since 1961 and Pakistan since 2005
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders): a Geneva-based non-profit that provides medical care and emergency aid in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Kristen and David are friends with Hans van de Weerd, the general director of MSF Holland.)
Greg Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute: A non-profit group established by the author of the books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools that builds schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Kristen and David have the same publisher as Mortenson, but do not know him.)