Sunday, March 14, 2010
I saw the London premiere of the film "Addicted in Afghanistan" last week and wrote a review and my thoughts on it for another site, which I am sharing below. It was absolutely the saddest documentary I have seen in a long time and reminds us of our task in Afghanistan and our need to be there for the Afghans. The original piece was published on Project Carousel website and can also be found on my personal blog Chowraha.
The trailer of the film can also be seen here
Friday, January 29, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
It's been a year since i officially joined dreamfly and i can say looking back at the year i cannot be happier with the decision. It all started with my journey in TCF, and the dreamfly school in Badin that was being discussed between the dreamfly founders and TCF team. It was just inspiring, how passionately, just within a year, HBS students and Microsoft employees came together to fund the building of the school and the little kids of Badin saw their first formal school with the happiness that cannot be compared with any thing else in the world.
Since then dreamfly has become more ambitious and better equipped than before.
With the strength of its supporters, the success of its first school and the happy stories of its 200 little kids our dreams have become bigger and more real. We want a world empowered and united through literacy, education and communication. With the observation that technology and communication can break artificial barriers and boundaries built by humans, we realize that we can ease the access to these by providing avenues and by creating literacy in the impoverished areas.
And we set out on this venture, looking back at which we didn't do too bad for the year 2009 :)...
- It only made sense that the first barrier to be broken is with the neighbors of our first school. Our next project will be in Afghanistan.
- We visited Afghanistan in Spring to figure out where the most need was and which organizations would be most suited for our purposes. You can read about this trip in our blog posts called "Our first day in Afghanistan", "Our second day in Afghanistan" and "How I Found Afghanistan".
- We are starting a primary school and women's craft centre in Jalalabad, Afghanistan scheduled to start in Spring 2010.
- For this project, we partnered with Rubia which will handle all donations and will be responsible for the on-ground execution of the project.
- We also went to Pakistan and met with the dreamfly kids there. We built a dreamwall with them. Our first ever dreamfly dreamwall and we just cant wait until we can build one in the Jalalabad school too!
- dreamfly went super online! We have a fan page on facebook which is constantly updated with news, photos and updates from us, we can be followed on twitter and maintain this blog, and we love hearing from our supporters!
- We expanded our volunteer-based core team this year too to include some great people helping us coordinate our project in Afghanistan, our future plans and related projects, our social networking and much more! (PS: Watch out for an update on our website really soon so u can meet these fun people!)
- We also held successful fundraisers for our Afghanistan project in the latter half of the year. Watch out on this blog for more details about how this went!
With all of this excitement and busy-ness, I just can't wait to see how this year will turn out for dreamfly....and what's more I just can't wait to share all these with our bestest dream-makers!