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Highlights of the Child Laborers

Monday, July 22, 2013 3:58 pm

We are happy to announce that it has been a year since all four children featured in our documentary has been going to school. Two years ago when we meet these children in the streets of Kabul, they were working long and harsh hours just to scrape a living. With the help of MYPART Foundation, they no longer have to work. Here is a quick highlight of their story:

Fayaz used to work with his brother in his uncle’s blacksmith shop since he was seven years old. Fayaz used to go to school, but since his father passed away, he and his three brothers were forced to work long and harsh hours in order to help provide food for the family and pay for their sick mother’s hospital bills. Today, Fayaz and his brothers go to the same school they used to attend five years ago.

 

Omid washed cars in front of a restaurant beside the US Embassy in Kabul. He made about 100 AFN per day, which is the equivalent of $2. He was fourteen when we met him and while unable to attend school, Omid dreamed of becoming a doctor to help his sick mother and other poor people. He is now on his way to finishing middle school and he still hopes to one day become a doctor.

 

Sanabar used to wake up in the morning to help her mother cook the food that she took to sell in the market. Her father helplessly watched Sanabar leave the house with a heavy tray full of “bolani.” Sanabar made about $1 per day, enough to keep her alive. Her ambition is to become a teacher in order to help educate Afghans to work toward building a better future for Afghanistan. Now a high achieving student, she works hard to accomplish her goal of becoming a teacher.

 

Yasamin leaved her house to go from dumpster to dumpster, scavenging through rubbish looking for firewood in the richest neighborhoods in the Afghan capital. She too wanted to go to school in the morning and return home with her clean uniform and a backpack full of colorful books. However, at the end of each day, she used return home with a heavy plastic bag on her back full of rubbish. Today, Yasamin goes to school every morning and hopes to become a teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for Film Distributors

Monday, July 1, 2013 4:15 am

The documentary “Children of Kabul” was partially funded by MYPART Foundation as part of their mission and this summer our main goal was to make the documentary public online in order to reach a great number of audience and raise awareness about the foundation’s mission. However, we thought it would be best to make it available through a distribution company so that it seems a little more professional and would attract donations from people that we might not know directly.

While looking for potential distributors, we were contacted by Ouat Media in Toronto, the leading international distributor of award-winning short films and feature length documentaries from around the world. They are interested in purchasing our film. We have submitted the documentary and are waiting to hear back some good news.

 

 

 

MYPART Foundation Internship

Monday, June 17, 2013 7:28 pm

This is my second year interning with MYPART Foundation, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization here in Winston-Salem. My responsibilities include implementing a business plan to raise funds, organize events to raise awareness about the organization’s mission, and further improve the website that I have already developed. As an intern last summer, I spent the majority of my time organizing events to raise funds for the foundation’s mission. We used the money to send six Afghani child laborers to school. We are currently sponsoring nine children to attend school rather than work. This summer, I hope to elevate the foundation to a higher level and sponsor more children.

The purpose of MYPART is to enable people of different ethnicities, cultures, and faiths to work together in order to develop and pursue projects that address humanitarian needs and to facilitate greater understanding and peace among the different backgrounds. As an intern, my main mission will be to raise awareness about the foundation’s mission by screening a short documentary, “Children of Kabul,” that I have co-directed/produced with a Jewish student about the 1.2 million child laborers of Afghanistan. The documentary was funded in part by MYPART Foundation as part of their mission. By screening the documentary in different communities around North Carolina and uploading it online to YouTube, we hope to raise awareness about the foundation’s mission and also raise funds that could be redirected to the child laborers of Afghanistan in order to enhance the lives of these children and empower them as individuals.

Making the documentary public online was our main goal last year in order to reach a greater number of audiences; however, since “Children of Kabul” was circulating in film festivals, we were unable to upload it online due to the fact that it would get banned from future film festival screenings. Since then, the documentary has been screened in fourteen film festivals around the world including festivals in Russia, Finland, Denmark, Canada, and the United States. Making the documentary public online would give us the opportunity to reach a greater number of audiences. Thus, we would be able to raise more awareness and funds for the child laborers. Once a child laborer myself, I only hope to give the same opportunities to these children that I had when I came to the United States… an education. In addition, I have been working on improving the foundation’s website. I believe this opportunity will help me further improve my technology skills and help me learn new skills such as business consulting. Moreover, interning with MYPART will allow me to hone my skills in website design/development, improve my public speaking abilities, and give me the opportunity to use the skills I have already acquired.

Screenings

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:25 pm

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. Apart from starting my internship a little later than expected, I got into a minor accident and injured my right hand. That aside, I have some good news.
I am happy to announce that all four children featured in the documentary “Children of Kabul” have been sponsored by families here in the United States through MYPART Foundation. Starting next month, all four children will attend school and will no longer have to work in the busy and dangerous streets of Kabul.

Last week, “Children of Kabul” was screened at two different clubs in High Point to a great crowd consisting of the city’s mayor, school board members, and other city officials. We raised over $1000 from DVD sales and $2400 for a one-year sponsorship for all four children. I think this success comes from the fact that I spent the majority of my time these last few months promoting the documentary and the foundation’s mission statement.

Furthermore, there have been a number of organizations and film festivals that have contacted us requesting a screening of the documentary along with a Q&A session (more info will be posted soon).

This coming Thursday, we will have a screening downtown at the Winston Salem Kiwanis Club. If you are interested in attending, please let me know. Admission is free.

To learn more about “Children of Kabul” and how to purchase a DVD, visit our website: www.childrenofkabul.com

To learn more about “Children of Kabul” and how to purchase a DVD,
visit our website: www.childrenofkabul.com

 

MYPART’s Mission

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:00 am

I am interning with MYPART Foundation here at Winston-Salem. For the past three weeks I have been tweaking the foundation’s website to make sure it functions properly.

MYPART Foundation was established in 2010 and consists of a group of students, professors, and community members devoted to humanitarian service projects. The purpose of the foundation is to enable people of different ethnicities, cultures, and religious faiths to work together in order to develop and pursue projects that address humanitarian needs and for furthering understanding and peace. MYPART supports student teams that consist of Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc. by providing organizational expertise as well as through the solicitation of financial resources.

While currently we are in the early development stage, I have been involved with MYPART since conception/research stage, and as a board member, I hope to help elevate the foundation to a higher level this summer.

My main mission will be to raise awareness about the foundation’s mission by screening a short documentary that I have co-directed/produced with a Jewish student about the 1.2 million child laborers of Afghanistan. The documentary, “Children of Kabul,” was funded in part by MYPART Foundation as part of their mission. By screening the documentary in different communities around North Carolina and uploading it online on YouTube, we hope to raise awareness about the foundation’s mission and also raise funds that could be redirected to the child laborers of Afghanistan in order to enhance the lives of these children and empower them as individuals.

While we have already screened “Children of Kabul” at Aperture and Hanesbrands Theater in downtown Winston-Salem, it will be screened this coming Wednesday at Thomasville Rotary Club for an audience of fifty to seventy five people.

 

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