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2017

Ayenda Foundation’s 12th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Embassy of Finland

03.22.2017 – Ayenda Foundation celebrated its 12th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Embassy of Finland, hosted by H.E. Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi.

The Foundation brought together U.S. Officials, members of Congress, Media partners, corporations, longstanding friends and supporters and the Diplomatic community.

Mrs. Shamim Jawad, Founder and President of Ayenda Foundation welcomed the guests and thanked Ambassador Kauppi for hosting the wonderful event at their beautiful embassy. She said, “We are grateful for Finland’s assistance for girl’s education, women empowerment, rule of law, the reform of Justice sector, protection of human rights and good governance.  In the past 15 years, Finland has provided Afghanistan with over $30 million Eur per year for such crucial projects.

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2015

Ayenda Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

10.19.2015 – Ayenda Foundation celebrated its 10th years of progress in educating Afghan children in a big ceremony at the Residence of Ambassador of Japan, H.E. & Mrs. Kenichiro Sasae.

The milestone celebration brought together the Diplomatic Community, U.S. Officials, members of Congress, Media partners, corporations and longstanding friends and supporters.

The Founder and President of Ayenda Foundation, Mrs. Shamim Jawad, welcomed the guests and thanked Ambassador and Mrs. Sasae for hosting Ayenda’s 10th Anniversary at their most magnificent residence and for their warm hospitality and friendship.

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2014

Ayenda Foundation’s Ninth Annual Benefit Dinner at the Embassy of Italy

10.06.2014 – Ayenda Foundation celebrated its 9th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Embassy of Italy hosted by H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero.

The Foundation brought together U.S. Officials, members of Congress, Media partners, corporations, longstanding Friends and supporters and the Diplomatic community committed to this mission.

Mrs. Shamim Jawad, Founder and President of Ayenda Foundation welcomed the guests and thanked Ambassador Bisogniero and Mrs. Laura Denise for hosting the wonderful event at their magnificent embassy. She said, “Our people are proud of their very longstanding friendship with Italy.

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2013

Ayenda Foundation’s Eighth Annual Benefit Dinner at the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador

10.09.2013 – Ayenda Foundation held its 8th Annual Benefit dinner at the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador, under the patronage of E.H. Manuel Sager and his wife

Christine Sager on October 9, 2013. His Excellency President and Mrs. de Lazoda of Bolivia, Ambassador Claudia Fritsche of Liechtenstein, Mrs. Ellen Noghes of Monaco, Congressman Ed Royce and Marie Royce, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Kasey Crowley, Congressman John Dingell and Debbie Dingell, Congressman John McGovern and Lisa McGovern and many other prominent friends of Ayenda Foundation were in attendance to celebrate the Foundation’s accomplishments and support the children of Afghanistan.

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2012

Ayenda Foundation’s Seventh Annual Benefit Dinner at the Residence of the UK Ambassador

10.10.12 – The Ayenda Foundation hosted its annual benefit dinner at the residence of the British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, to promote the welfare, education, and development of Afghanistan’s youth. The Foundation brought together U.S. Officials, Media partners. and the Diplomatic community committed to this mission, including Ambassador Rudolf Bekink of the Netherlands, Ambassador Claudia Fritsche of Lichtenstein, Ambassador Gilles Noghes of Monaco, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, and Leslie Schweitzer, Chair of Friends of the American University of Afghanistan.

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2011

Ayenda Foundation’s Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner

10.26.2011 –The Ayenda Foundation’s sixth annual benefit dinner in support of the Afghan children was held on October 26 at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, with the Mexican Ambassador, His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan, as the honored keynote speaker. Esteemed members of Congress, the diplomatic corp. and influential figures in the private sector, in addition to many valued friends of Ayenda, attended this highly successful and enthusiasm-filled dinner.

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2010

Shamim Jawad, President of Ayenda Foundation, Hosts Benefit Gala with Special Guest Khaled Hosseini

10.23.2010 – On Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, the Ayenda Foundation held its Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner with the internationally renowned Afghan writer Dr. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, as Guest of Honor at the historic Columbus Club in Union Station. Over 80 prominent guests attended, including the former president of Bolivia, President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador and Mrs.  Gilles Noghès of Monoco, Ambasssador Claudia Fritsche of Lichtenstein, Ms. Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent for Fox News, Ambassador Said Jawad, Founder and President of the Foundation for Afghanistan, Mrs. Shamim Jawad, Founder and President of Ayenda Foundation, Afghan girls attending schools in the Metro area, U.S. officials, members of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and members of Afghan and international media.


2009

Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures

6.23.09 – 9.20.09 – The Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul will be moving to New York City on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ayenda Foundation will be hosting an event in connection with the exhibition on June 15th.

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New Learning Center Opens in Bamiyan

03.25.09 – Bamiyan, Afghanistan – Today (March 25, 2009), the Ayenda Foundation inaugurated the Ayenda Learning Center, a new school in the historic and picturesque province of Bamiyan. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Bamiyam’s Governor, Ms. Habiba Sarabi, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Said T. Jawad, Ayenda Foundation Founder Shamim Jawad and a number of Afghan and international guests.

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Ayenda Awareness Reception in Houston

2.25.09 – On February 25, 2009 the Ayenda Foundation held an awareness reception in Houston, Texas, hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Peter Coneway at their residence in connection with the opening of Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul that was on exhibit to the public February 27–May 17, 2009 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

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2008

Ayenda Foundation celebrated its Third Annual Benefit Dinner

05.29.08 – Hundreds of distinguished guests attended a dinner reception to celebrate the third anniversary of the Ayenda Foundation, the Afghan Children Initiative, at the Embassy of Canada on May 29, 2008.

The reception coincided with the opening of “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The evening began as Hidden Treasures curator Fred Hiebert led guests on a private tour of the exhibit’s 228 artifacts, including 4,000 year old gold bowls, 2,000 year old glass and sculpture, and the jewelry and ornaments of the legendary Bactrian Hoard. Upon returning to the Canadian Embassy, guests dined on Afghan delicacies prepared by Bamiyan Restaurant of Falls Church, VA.

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2007

The Ayenda Foundation Celebrates Second Anniversary

10.29.07 – On Monday, October 29, a benefit dinner in honor of the second anniversary of the Ayenda Foundation, the Afghan Children Initiative, was held at the Embassy of Afghanistan. Ambassador Said T. Jawad and Ayenda founder Mrs. Shamim Jawad hosted nearly 150 distinguished guests, including Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Senator John Sununu of New Hampshire, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, Mrs. Diana Bodman, the honorable Esther Coopersmith and many others. The benefit dinner was Co-chaired by Timothy McBride, Senior Vice President of Freddie Mac and the co-founder of the Ayenda Foundation and sponsored by Freddie Mac.

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Ayenda Benefit Dinner coverage at the Washington Life Magazine

Diana Rowan Rockefeller, First Lady Laura Bush and Shamim JawadTHE EVENT
Afghan Amb. Said T. Jawad and his wife Shamim, hosted a benefit dinner for Ayenda, the Afghan Children Initiative. Ayenda, which means “future” in Dari, works to implement projects that promote the welfare, education, health and artistic and athletic abilities of Afghan Children.

THE SCENE
Guests listened to remarks by First Lady Laura Bush and Dr. Khaled Hosseini (author of “The Kite Runner”) speakbefore diningonatraditionalAfghanbuffetthatincluded Mantu (ground beef and scallion-filled dumpling topped with yogurt) and Firnee (cornstarch pudding with pistachios). Fariba Jahanbani,who organized a silent auction with sponsor Cartier, shared that this was an important evening because it “planted a seed” in the children of Afghanistan that will help them grow.

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Qu Qu Qu Barge-e-Chinaar; Childrens’ Songs From Afghanistan

On Friday, March 2, 2007, the Ayenda Foundation hosted a reception at the Embassy of Afghanistan to celebrate the publication of Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar: Children’s Songs from Afghanistan and honor its author Dr. Louise Pascale.

For many years, Louise Pascale dreamed of the songs she heard as a young volunteer in Afghanistan, songs that she feared had been lost forever. Today Ms. Pascale has partnered with a number of cultural organizations and talented Afghan artists to create a stunning book and melodic CD of songs that have been making expatriate Afghans long for their childhood and their country.

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2006

Ayenda, The Afghan Children Initiative Benefit Dinner – Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States

3.16.06 – Madam First Lady, Dr. Khaled Hosseini, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to our modest home. Most of you have done so much for my country, that I feel Afghanistan is your second home. Welcome to your home.

We are honored by the presence of all of you, especially Secretary Rumsfeld, Ambassador Karim Kawar, Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and General Peter Pace. I am delighted that Ms. Fawzia Karzai, Mr. Qayum Karzai, Mr. Mahmood Karzai, and Princess Yassamin Pahlawi have joined us.

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The Afghan Children Initiative Benefit Dinner – Shamim Jawad, Co-chair, Remarks

Thank you, Mrs. Bush, for your inspiring speech. We are truly honored to have you at our home tonight. I would like to join my husband in thanking you for your sincere devotion to helping the children of Afghanistan, and for supporting Ayenda, the Afghan Children Initiative.

I had the privilege of accompanying the First Lady on her first historic trip to Afghanistan last year. I saw how much she cares for empowering the women of Afghanistan, and I was struck by the love she showed to the children we met in Kabul. I vividly remember our brief stop at the bakery, and the First Lady’s inspiring chat with three youngsters, who she gave white and blue kaleidoscopes as a keepsake and to signify U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

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