On Saturday evening, November 11, 2017, Kabultec held its 15th annual benefit dinner at the Elmer Timberman Masonic Lodge in Annandale, Virginia. Highlights of the evening were a tasty and beautifully presented Afghan buffet dinner and silent auction of Afghan handicrafts and art objects. Michael Albin, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan during the 1960s who in January 2017 had revisited Kabul as a guest of Kabultec President, Nasrine Gross, gave an illustrated talk comparing then and now in Afghanistan (see his article about his trip in the Kabultec Blog). Nasrine Gross completed the evening by giving a report on Kabultec activities during the past year and her plans for the upcoming year. It being Veterans’ Day, LTC Steven Wasko, US Army (ret.) who had served in Afghanistan, served as master of ceremonies for the evening. As usual a good time was had by all and funds were raised for Kabultec.
At this year’s Benefit Dinner were two separate Dari-language film crews–Voice of America Dari and independent Afghan journalist Nazira Karimi–to document the event and Kabultec’s recent work in Afghanistan. Please see their videos below
Many thanks to Dave Borowski for taking wonderful photos of the event.
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Voice of America (VOA) was present at this year’s Benefit filming a report on Kabultec and our program for women and orphans in Afghanistan. You can see their completed report below. I thank the VOA reporter Najiba Khalil–who generally pays particular attention to women’s events and conditions–for showing our organization so beautifully! I hope one day we can show her the condition of Afghan women from up close. If you have suggestions, ideas, or criticism about our work, please do not hesitate to share it with us so that we may all improve the situation in that land we love and cherish!
Independent Afghan journalist Nazira Karimi was also present at the dinner and prepared this video (for an Afghan audience).