Support Kaveh's Dream of "Shirin" theater

 Support Kaveh's Dream of "Shirin" theater

Mr. Kaveh Ayreek needs your monetary help to complete his "Shirin" theater.

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Description of Kaveh Ayreek,

 Kaveh Ayreek is an Afghan mime artist, writer, director and actor currently residing in Kabul Afghanistan. His dream is to bring some relief to his post-war society, and help relieve their traumas of war through his art. 'Shirin', meaning sweet, in Farsi, is  one of the many plays he has written. But the thought of Shirin is not leaving him alone. Neither does the pains of Shirin. As he puts it himself '‌Shirin is the symbol of Afghan women's resistance and perseverance in one of the most male dominated societies of today's world, Afghanistan.' So he has to do something bigger with it. His Shirin (Sweet) dream is to start the first Shadow theatre in Afghanistan, 'Shirin's Theatre'. But he himself does not have the resources to start it. He has asked many people inside Afghanistan to help him launch it, but has not received any positive response yet. But he is determined to change that through his art, a society that has to start enjoying art and supports it. Afghanistan is a post-war country that needs people like Kaveh to start something new and different than what people are used to, war and devastation.

As one of his friends, I felt obligated to raise the amount he needs to start this. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated and will be put to right use.  Please consider helping Kaveh's Dream of Shirin come true. 

Here is a sample of

Kaveh's Work

If there is any questions please do not to hesitate to contact me.

 With best regards,

kaveh ayreek


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Innovative Routes to Progress in Afghanistan

Innovative Routes to Progress in Afghanistan

Women in Afghanistan 


Bond Street Theatre initiates two innovative programs: a youth-led community improvement project and help for incarcerated women. 


New York, NY, October 2014 – While other organizations are pulling up stakes, Bond Street Theatre is stepping up its activities in Afghanistan with two new programs addressing youth and women. With 64% of the population under the age of 24, Afghanistan's future rests on its youth.  One half of those youth are young women who face a justice system based on local customs rather than rule of law. This fall, Bond Street begins a two-year program motivating youth to design and lead community improvement projects, and introduces creative programming into Afghanistan's women's prisons and juvenile correction centers.  

Creative programs engage youthful energy and imagination

Building Community through Creativity in Action provides 375 youth across Afghanistan with the mentorship and tools to design and implement volunteer projects that will directly improve their communities. Facing a watershed moment in their country's history, Afghan youth need stimulating and practical programs that can help them realize their potential as active agents for positive change in their communities.  

With an emphasis on at-risk and marginalized youth, the program selects 15 young men and women in each of 25 provinces to participate in the community action program.  Based on Bond Street's decade-long experience initiating youth-led programming in Afghanistan, the project guides young men and women through community needs analysis and leadership training, and provides them with the organizational skills to develop realistic action plans to address local problems.  


The program culminates in a nationally televised presentation featuring the best community improvement projects as models of local cooperation and youth-led initiative. With winners decided by audience vote, the program will provide a source of inspiration for youth nationwide. 


The goal of the program is to bring together youth across ethnic, religious, and gender lines to give the widest selection of individuals a sense of agency and self-confidence, create new bonds across ancient divisions, and form a productive network of young leaders. 


The project builds on Bond Street Theatre's 12 years initiating creative community programs in Afghanistan, and is supported by the Embassy of the United States in Kabul. 

Providing a voice for incarcerated women

The Creative Arts Program incorporates theatre-based methods into the rehabilitative process for women in the Afghan justice system, providing them with emotional support while incarcerated and helping to ease reentry into society. The first of its kind, the program addresses the emotional and psychological needs of imprisoned women and their children, and provides them with much-needed outlets for self-expression. The program will be initiated in the Herat Women's Prison.

Despite the dramatic improvement in human rights since the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women continue to suffer severe social and economic inequalities. This is especially pronounced in the justice system, which imprisons women for violating social and religious norms, including rape and fleeing abusive domestic situations. According to Human Rights Watch, 95% of girls imprisoned in Afghanistan are serving time for moral or zina crimes, as are 50% of incarcerated adult women.


Working in partnership with Simorgh Theatre of Herat, an all-female theatre troupe, the Creative Arts Program gives women who have been deeply debilitated by violence and injustice a safe environment to discuss problems, learn their legal rights, and develop the communication skills and confidence to speak out. 

Young children are often incarcerated with their mothers. Although this proximity is emotionally beneficial to mother and child, prison can have lasting traumatic effects on children, including poor socialization skills, lack of cohesive family identity, and diminished self-esteem. The project provides an active, creative play process necessary for children's proper development.  

 The goal is to create a self-sustaining drama and storytelling group in the prison, run by the women themselves. The program will be conducted in the Herat Women's Prison, the second largest in the country, and will serve as a model, encouraging similar activities in women's prisons throughout Afghanistan.

The Program is made possible through generous support from Dining for Women, an organization working to impact the lives of women and girls worldwide. 

Bond Street Theatre has a been initiating creative projects for peace in conflict zones globally since 1984, and working in Afghanistan since 2003. The company conducts a variety of workshops,trains all-female theatre troupes that reach isolated women, and builds the cap
acity of local organizations to design and implement programs for social development. Bond Street's recent Voter Education & Fraud Mitigation Project reached over 200,000 Afghan voters.


For further information or interviews, please contact Joanna Sherman or Michael McGuigan 

at 212-254-4614. 

Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts and Culture | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

The Open Society Arts and Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grant program, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered.

The aim of this call for proposals is to strengthen alternative and autonomous cultural infrastructures and innovative arts initiatives, to raise professional standards in the art world in the Arts and Culture Program’s regions of activity, and to promote reform in the arena of cultural policy.

Eligibility Criteria

Projects that aim to draw on the power of culture to help build open societies in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Moldova, Mongolia, and Turkey, and that involve one of the following activities:

  • Cultural production
  • Creating or strengthening cultural platforms
  • Professional development and capacity-building


Purpose and Priorities

Projects that address one or more of the following priorities of the Arts and Culture Program will be considered to bring added value:

  • Capacity building: Strengthening the capacity of individuals and organizations to implement and sustain good practices and effective ways of working.
  • Collaboration: Building alliances and networks with other projects and organizations to encourage knowledge sharing within the country of operation and beyond.
  • Diversity: Promoting greater equality and access to cultural goods and activities for the most marginalized beneficiaries.
  • Public Engagement with Critical Social Issues: Using the power of arts and culture to promote discussion, debate, and critical reflection on social issues of importance to target communities and beneficiaries.


The supported activities are described in detail in the attached application guidelines.


Please download and carefully read the complete Application Guidelines attached before you fill in the Letter of Inquiry, which is the first step in the application process. This document is designed to give you all the information you need to apply. Should you need further clarification, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), available as part of the guidelines.

2012 Educator Programs | Seeds of Peace

2012 Summer Course: Expressive Arts; Educational Transformations


OTISFIELD, MAINE | In the Summer of 2012, Seeds of Peace will hold its second two-week summer course for educators from the Middle East, South Asia, and United States. Drawing on the power of the arts to empower youth and address conflict-related issues, the session will focus on “Expressive Arts; Educational Transformations.”

Where there is conflict, the creative arts have a vital role to play as an effective vehicle for engaging youth and building the capacities required for peace. This is especially true when the hostilities and sensitivities of an active conflict make it difficult for educators to use a broader range of curriculum to address issues between divided communities.

This summer, Seeds of Peace will bring educators and arts practitioners together to share best practices, strengthen techniques and develop new skills and resources for educating and empowering youth through the expressive arts. Educators will learn from a diverse range of visiting faculty, staff, and one another. They will have the opportunity to visit local schools, colleges, and organizations engaged with the arts and education. Over the course of two weeks, participants will work together to create action plans for independent and/or cooperative projects to be implemented in their home countries.

This initial group will form the foundation for an ongoing and growing network of educators and artists committed to using the expressive arts as a vehicle for empowerment, cross-cultural understanding, and peacebuilding. Seeds of Peace will also engage internationally-renowned personalities to act as “ambassadors” for the group by using their influence, voice and platform to heighten awareness about the power of the arts to promote and advance peace.


Seeds of Peace welcomes educators and artists to apply from South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan), the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine) and the United States. Specifically, Seeds of Peace is looking for formal or informal educators with experience in the expressive arts—music, drama, visual arts, creative writing, and/or film making—or a desire to incorporate these tools into their work. Seeds of Peace also encourages practicing artists who want to use their work to engage youth in peacebuilding to apply. Successful applicants will show creativity, competence, and commitment to peacebuilding. Priority will be given to those who have not been to the Seeds of Peace International Camp before, though all applicants will be considered.


The session will take place over the course of two weeks, from July 23-August 7, 2012.


The session will take place at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine, approximately 45 minutes from Portland, Maine, and three hours north of Boston, Massachusetts. Participants live in a traditional American summer camp setting located on Pleasant Lake.


Each participant is asked to contribute 375 USD, a small portion of the costs for lodging, food, activities, transportation, and airfare for international participants. American participants are expected to cover the cost of their transportation to and from Camp. There are scholarships available, and Seeds of Peace will not turn away any participant for financial reasons. Participants must cover the cost of “incidentals,” e.g. gifts or snacks.


Applications are due April 1, 2012. Seeds of Peace expects to select approximately 32 participants and will notify all applicants by May 1, 2012.

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Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization

The Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) is an independent, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization working to promote human rights and democracy through engaging a variety of arts, and culture-based programs; creating space for dialogue at all levels of society, peace-building, social justice, societal transformation and public participation.

AHRDO/ICTJ Advocacy Tour to the U.S.A.


AHRDO and ICTJ organized an international policy advocacy program to U.S. in November 2011. This event took place before the 2nd Bonn international conference on Afghanistan, which discussed the controversial initiative of reconciliation with the Afghan insurgent groups, and the mutual responsibilities of the Afghan government and that of the international community post-2014. The central objective of this advocacy was to draw international  attention to the situation of Afghan war victims, promote the Transitional Justice Coordination Group's policy message, develop its international networks/partners, and most importantly to build up AHRDO's capacity to work with victims to narrativize their untold sufferings and stories. .

In this advocacy trip, AHRDO conducted theatrical performance, high-level policy meetings, cultural exchange and briefings on human rights situation in Afghanistan.

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Transforming Tears to Energy: Podcast with Hadi Marifat


In the past three decades, Afghanistan’s people have endured the devastating impact of violence through foreign invasion, civil war, and insurgency. Though the volatile political situation in the country is a hot-button issue of international prominence, victims of the conflict have largely been excluded from the war discourse.

In this podcast, ICTJ speaks with Hadi Marifat, founder of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO). ICTJ, AHRDO and local Afghan organizations are working together on an innovative arts-based approach to discussing Afghanistan’s conflict and transitional justice issues at the grassroots level. 

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Transitional Justice Serves to Heal Wounds of the Oppressed


Emerging from decades of war and conflict, Afghan people have always dreamed an end to culture of impunity and establishment of rule of law, which remain central to shaping a peaceful Afghanistan with democratic governance. Transitional justice must be at the core of any peace efforts and bids to promote national reconciliation. Peace can not be ensured unless victims are provided with reparations and a public platform.   Since its establishment, Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO)  has provided participatory theater events in the country to provide opportunity for the truths to be told and heard and exploring new ways of living for the victims and survivors of thirty years of conflict in the country.

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Human Rights Theater Festival


In order to promote the cause of peace, there continues to remain a great sense of need to rekindle the hopes of victims and help them survive the brutal consequences of war. Successful peace-oriented efforts can not ignore victims and survivors of conflicts. Since its establishment, Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO)  has pioneered in holding several events in the country to provide opportunity for the truths to be told, heard and exploring new ways of living for the victims and survivors of thirty years of conflict in the country.


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Event: Creating Space for Dialogue on Transitional Justice


Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), in partnership with Community Center for Disabled (CCD), Organization Development for Disabled Women (ODDW) and Kabul Victims group (KVG), and with the support of Foundation for Open Society Institute (FOSI), upon  successful completion of two participatory theatre workshops of victims and widows,   organized an event on March 18, 2010 in district # 13, Kabul so as to create space for dialogue with a wider range of audience and make their voice heard in a reasonably public yet secure space. The two trained groups performed their plays on Women and Transitional Justice.

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Open Society Arts and Culture Program Call for applications

From its inception, the strategic policy of the Arts and Culture Network Program of the Open Society Institute, has been proactive, inspirational, and a catalyst for Soros Foundation cultural activities, multifaceted in approach and inclusive of all groups of people and disciplines of artistic expression.

The Call is open to applicants from and activities in one or more of the following countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Ex-patriots of the abovementioned countries who are willing to return temporarily to their country of origin and share their expertise with local organizations or individuals may also apply.

 Projects that address one or more of the following priorities of the Arts and Culture Program will be considered to bring added value:
– Capacity building
– Collaboration
– Diversity
– Public Engagement with Critical Social Issues

Grants are offered for the following three activities:
1. Cultural production
2. Creating or strengthening cultural platforms
3. Professional development and capacity-building.

Applications may be submitted by non-profit legal entities (non-governmental and public
organizations, libraries, museums, cultural centers, associations, communities, registered
charities, etc.) that work in the field of arts and culture.

Individuals can apply under activities 1 and 3 (professional development only).
Former grantees of the Arts and Culture Program may apply on the condition that a final
report from the previous grant period has been submitted and approved.

Assistance is offered from in-country mentors for applicants who are invited to develop a full project proposal. ACP mentors can offer advice and feedback on developing a welldesigned proposal.

Application deadline:
31 December 2012
Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis

More information, including guidelines, forms, country coordinators:
Daniela Bolganschi

ICTJ INVITATION | Theater and Transition​al Justice in Afghanista​n: New York Premiere of Infinite Incomplete​ness

Dear Colleague,

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is pleased to invite you to the New York theatrical premiere of Infinite Incompleteness, an original one act performance piece created by the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), on Tuesday November 8, 2011 at 7.00pm at Helen Mills Theater, 137-139 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, NY 10001.  AHRDO is an all-Afghan led and run civil society organization based in Kabul working to promote human rights, accountability, and democracy through  participatory theater and arts-based initiatives focusing on personal and collective narratives.

 Infinite Incompleteness addresses themes emerging from more than three decades of war in Afghanistan (1978–present) and is based on real stories from victims around the country. The piece was developed based on the request from victims’ groups involved in participatory theater workshops that a theatrical work be created based on their own experiences.  Stories were collected during workshops, with consent, for this purpose.  The performance follows a woman, the Butimar-e Kabul, as she walks the streets of Kabul in search of her disappeared children.  Interspersed with her storyline are the accounts of other male and female victims, relayed by three Afghan men who deliver the stories using the victims’ original words and language, speaking in Dari, Pashto and Hazaragi. 

English surtitles will be provided. Panel discussion featuring Richard Bennett, Special Advisor to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Hadi Marifat, Director of AHRDO, Patricia Gossman, ICTJ Afghanistan and Leeza Ahmady, Director, Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society and moderated by Elizabeth Rubin, Journalist, will follow the performance. 

The event is free of charge.  To reserve your place, please write to  For further information, please contact Nadia Siddiqui at +1 917 637 3829. In presenting these stories now, we hope to highlight victims’ and justice issues ahead of the Bonn 10 Conference on Afghanistan as well as to examine the uses of arts-based techniques in approaching questions of accountability in conflict and post-conflict settings.  We hope you will join us for what promises to be a powerful and thought-provoking evening. Sincerely,


 Patricia Gossman

Acting Head, Afghanistan ProgramICTJ






Presented by the Afghan Human Rights and Democracy Organization

and The International Center for Transitional Justice 


Helen Mills Theater, 137-139 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001


Tuesday, November 8th 2011



In!nite Incompleteness