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The Changing Faces of Afghanistan tells a story of hope, courage and perseverance of Afghan children striving for peace, education and a better life for their families and loved ones. This beautiful, 16-month (Sep 2008 - Dec 2009) calendar features full-color photos of Afghan children accompanied by inspirational quotations. The calendar also has a brief overview of Afghanistan and Ghazni province, the country's second largest and one of the most impoverished. The calendar contains US, Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays. The calendar was compiled and published by volunteers of Afghan Friends Network, a San Francisco-based, registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization. The proceeds of the calendar support the work of Afghan Friends Network, which includes educational & training programs in Ghazni province, such as women's literacy classes, girls education and teacher training. These wonderful and thought-provoking photos show a unique perspective rarely seen outside the Central Asian region. They were taken by volunteers who traveled throughout Kabul and Ghazni over the last 2 years. Michael Tomberlin, John Bortner, Humaira Ghilzai, Elsie DeLaere, Fatema Mushtaqe, and Dawn Ericson generously donated their time and photos to help raise awareness for the plight of Afghan children. The people shown in this calendar represent the future of Afghanistan. They want peace, friendship and a better life. You can help them achieve this hope through your purchase of this calendar and support of Afghan Friends Network.
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Susan Aumack, Marilyn Good and Yasmene Mian are volunteers and members of the Afghan Friends Network Board of Directors. Afghan Friends Network (AFN) was founded in San Francisco Bay Area in 2002 as a nonprofit organization to enable friendships, networks, and partnerships between individuals, organizations and cities in the United States and Afghanistan. We believe the experience of cultural, spiritual, and technical exchange enriches the lives of all participants. Susan Aumack is a software industry marketing professional with more than 20 years of business development and marketing management experience. She is currently senior director of global marketing at Oracle based in Redwood Shores, CA. Susan is actively involved with several charitable organizations supporting the cultural, academic and spiritual needs of people living in the United States and developing nations. Susan has an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird International Graduate School of Management, Glendale, AZ and a BA from the College of New Jersey. She lives in San Mateo, CA. Marilyn Good is a marketing and alliance professional with more than 20 years experience at high-tech companies including IBM and Oracle. She is currently senior director of marketing and communications for global alliances and channels at Oracle based in Redwood Shores, CA. Marilyn has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. She has been involved in fund-raising for breast cancer research and related needs. She feels strongly that educating children is the key to rebuilding a strong Afghanistan. Yasmene Mian was born in Kabul, and soon after moved to the San Francisco Bay area. Due to the Russian invasion, her family fled their country in 1983 and after a 3 year stay in Pakistan they ultimately found refuge in the United States. A graduate of Santa Clara University, she holds a BS in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. Her strong rooted connection with Afghanistan fuels her desire to raise awareness of the plight of the Afghan people. She believes education is a fundamental human right and it is the only way towards establishing freedom and justice in Afghanistan. She is hopeful that if we all give a little bit of ourselves, a lot can be accomplished.
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