SUPPORT AFGHANISTAN AT THIS CRITICAL MOMENT

SUPPORT AFGHANISTAN AT THIS CRITICAL MOMENT

£311,207

+ estimated £54,728 Gift Aid
£350,000 target

6120 supporters


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£100 + est £25.00 in Gift Aid on 3rd Dec 2021 18:02



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£20 + est £5.00 in Gift Aid on 1st Dec 2021 17:55


Started on 13th August 2021 United Kingdom

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Turquoise Mountain Trust posted an update on 26th August 2021

Thank you so much - from Shoshana and everyone at Turquoise Mountain

Dear Friends

We have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of over 5,600 supporters from across the UK and around the world.

With your support, we have far exceeded our original goal and will be able to provide meaningful support to thousands of the Afghan artisans and families with whom we work. With your support, we have been able to re-open our clinic in Kabul – and we will keep you informed on the other ways that your generous contributions have been put to work helping those who really need it.   

We would love to stay in touch. If you haven’t already, please join Turquoise Mountain’s mailing list here so that we can keep you informed about our work in Kabul and elsewhere - we promise to keep updates infrequent and impactful!

During a time of crisis and uncertainty, your support has meant a huge amount and will make a very real difference. Thank you so much, from all of us at Turquoise Mountain.


Turquoise Mountain Trust posted an update on 18th October 2021

Project Update - Clinic and Primary School re-opened in Kabul

Update on Turquoise Mountain Afghanistan Programmes – October 2021

 

In this moment of extreme difficulty for Afghanistan, we have an opportunity to make a real difference. Thank you for making that possible.

 

Your support has enabled us to resume the most important services for our communities, reopening schools and clinics, and supporting thousands of vulnerable people through education, incomes and healthcare at this most challenging and difficult time. 

     

One of our parents writes “When the government collapsed, and all the schools closed, we felt helpless. The morale of the whole family was hit hard. The reopening of the Turquoise Mountain school has made the children very happy - and all the mothers too! The children are desperate not to miss any more classes.”

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 Above: Students at our re-opened primary school

With your support, we have:

● Reopened our community health clinic in the heart of Kabul’s Old City – this will allow us to provide approximately 12,000 patient visits for Afghan women and men. Our patients have been over 70% women and girls, with a focus on maternal and family health.

● Reopened our primary school, providing education to boys and girls up to grade six in the local community.      

     

Our students have been writing over the last weeks sharing their thoughts on the reopening of the school:

● “When I come to school, I feel very happy […] I want to become a teacher in the future and like our teachers teach other students so that they are happy with me.”

● “I want to become a doctor in the future. I am very happy that our school has reopened. I was missing our school and I was thinking about our studies. I lost my sleep       at night and was always thinking about our studies. I really hope that our school doesn’t close again.”

● “I am very happy that school has reopened […] when I was at home, I wished I could be a bird so that I could fly to a better place to study.”

● “I really hope our school does not get closed again. I want to become an intelligent doctor and serve my fellow countrymen and women. I have a peaceful mind since I returned to school.”

● From a parent: “When I heard that the school had reopened I shouted so loud out of joy that my husband was shocked.”

 

The clinic has been in particular demand since the crisis. One of our doctors writes: “I saw a patient this week with severe depression and we were able to provide counselling and prescription medication. Her depression had been a challenge for months - as a widow raising six children, she and her family have been living in Kabul since their home was destroyed in the ongoing conflict. The patient seemed really impressed with the service we were able to provide, and promised that she will remain hopeful and strong.”

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Turquoise Mountain has almost 200 staff on the ground in Afghanistan, 15 years of community relationships, and the ability to make a direct and immediate difference for the thousands of women, men and children that we support through incomes, education and healthcare. In the wake of recent political events in Afghanistan, we are determined to continue our work where we can, to help as many as we can, as safely as we can. 

 

We recognize that our work will need to continue to adapt in light of the new reality in Afghanistan. But we are in a special position to be able to help so many people with whom we have worked, at their moment of greatest need. This is only possible with generous support of so many individual donors.  This is an incredibly important moment, and if we had not been able to act so swiftly, we would have lost this opportunity. Thank you so much.

 

TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN’S IMPACT IN AFGHANISTAN

During this time of transition, we are dedicated to continuing as much of our work in Afghanistan as we can. Since 2006, we are proud that we have:

● Trained over 6,000 artisans and builders, many of them to mastery-level in their craft

● Restored over 150 historic buildings, including an entire neighbourhood in Kabul’s Old City (pictured left), winning a UNESCO heritage award

● Brought over $12,000,000 in traditional crafts to market

● Built over 50 small artisan businesses, many of which are run by women

● Provided over community-focused health care through over 170,000 patient visits

● Provided primary education and heritage classes to hundreds of children each year

● Shared this work with the wider global community - through major exhibitions and public programs at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, Beit Al-Qur’an in Bahrain, the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Leighton House in London, the World Economic Forum at Davos, and the Venice Biennale – reaching millions of visitors.

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Above: A UNESCO award-winning restoration in the Old City of Kabul (left); the community of craftsmen and builders with whom we work (right) 

 

To make a tax deductible US donation to the 501c3 Turquoise Mountain Foundation go to www.turquoisemountain.org/donate - this will still be counted towards this project!

Thank you all so much for your support. There is still much that is uncertain in Afghanistan but it is very clear that so many communities desperately need our help. We are currently focused on emergency food and other supply distribution, healthcare services for children and families, and support for the individuals and communities for whom we are currently responsible. As we move forward we will share further details of how we spend the funds you have all so generously contributed, but for now we can only say thank you again – we are doubling our target as it is clear that further support than we had initially expected will be desperately needed. Thank you. (August 16)

Thank you so much to the many supporters who have contributed so far - we’ve been truly astonished by your generosity and are raising our target so we can support the maximum number of people in our community in Afghanistan. (August 14)

With international troop withdrawal and growing violence across the country, Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian crisis.

Turquoise Mountain has been working in Afghanistan for over 15 years, and we work with a community that includes 200 dedicated staff, over 4,000 talented artisans, hundreds of students at our vocational training institute and primary schools, and thousands of families that visit our health clinic. They are our collective family, and we want to do everything we can to help and support them.  

They need support now more than ever.  

This is a rapidly developing emergency – while individuals cannot alter the course of political events across the world, you can make a real difference in the lives of the thousands of Afghans we work with. 

We have an established network of programs and staff and can provide support swiftly and effectively – even during a crisis.  

Donations of any amount will be gratefully received.

Thank you so much for your support at this critical moment.

Donation Details:

UK donations are eligible for Gift Aid.

To make a tax deductible US donation to the 501c3 Turquoise Mountain Foundation go to www.turquoisemountain.org/donate - this will still be counted towards this project!

If you have questions about supporting this effort via a donor-advised fund, US tax-deductible contributions, or anything else, please contact [email protected]

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Anonymous pledged £100 + an est. £25.00 in Gift Aid

3rd December 2021 at 6:02pm

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Ann W. Norton commented

I hope for all Afghans peace and prosperity.

3rd December 2021 at 3:27pm
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Anonymous pledged £20 + an est. £5.00 in Gift Aid

1st December 2021 at 5:55pm

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Marie Hortin pledged £10
1st December 2021 at 4:53pm
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Anonymous pledged £90 + an est. £22.50 in Gift Aid

1st December 2021 at 2:47pm

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Anne Wheelhouse commented

Keep up the amazing work

1st December 2021 at 1:41pm
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Anne Wheelhouse pledged £20 + an est. £5.00 in Gift Aid
1st December 2021 at 1:40pm
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Jpmaciver commented

It is wonderful to see schools able to reopen - thank you for working for the Afghan people.

1st December 2021 at 11:55am
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jpmaciver pledged £50 + an est. £12.50 in Gift Aid
1st December 2021 at 11:54am
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Lilian Birgitta Woolfenden commented

Admire your work under difficult circumstances. Particularly schools for girls.

1st December 2021 at 9:54am

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