Well is being built!

Two days ago I received a short email from Fahima Vorgetts our “on the ground” project coordinator. I wish to share what she has to say:

I am in Afghanistan. Went to Mir Taqi Shah [“our” village] twice so far.  The well has started to be built.  I am starting literacy classes for women. Yesterday, went and took school supplies for 300 women and girls.  There is no girls school yet but we are starting it.  The preliminary work is being done just waiting yo find a better place to rent for now. As of today, their classes will operate in a doctor’s home who rented us three rooms. I am using the $ that I raised for the school in Laghman. The Laghman school is being built by the government and another funder which makes me very happy.




Fahima Vorgetts smiling while speaking to students at Union College.


I am left with some extra $ that I’ll use for many women shoras [cooperative] and schools.

I [Connie] am humbled that we have made such a strong start!  I will be traveling with Fahima to visit the village in August and will document the progress.

We have another fundraiser for the Afghan Well Project coming up May 16th.  So please consider coming and supporting this project!

invites you to a special benefit performance of
Albany Civic Theater’s production of the American Classic

OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder

Sunday evening, May 16th at 8:00 pm


“In this moment when the world is fractured by hate, fear and violence, it is critical that we tell stories that reveal our connectedness, not our isolation and our. . . responsibility to one another . . .” Critic Anna D. Shapiro on Wilder’s Our Town.

Ticket donation:  $12 – 20

Afghan delicacies and silent auction starts @7:00 pm in lobby of ACT

Help us support the lives of the 120 families who live in the Afghan village of Mir Taqi Shah whose hopes and dreams are as precious as ours. Let’s help them rebuild the infrastructure of their lives which has been destroyed by decades of war.  Proceeds from this life-affirming play will go to the Women Against War Afghan Well Project. http://www.womenagainstwar.org/women_against_war_afghanistan_pr.htm or info@womenagainstwar.org

Albany Civic Theatre, 235 Second Avenue , Albany, NY

Directions are available at: http://www.albanycivictheater.org/info.html

For tickets:

Call Box Office reservations:  518-462-1297

Ask for special benefit performance, May 16 @ 8:00 pm


WAW ticket sales coordinator: Barbara Spring, 518-772-2290, barbarakspring4@msn.com

On another note I leave with a colleague for France in a couple of hours.  We are lucky to have a day in Paris before we head to the village of Oradour to inspect, pack and crate the NYS Museum’s collection of World Trade Center objects that have been on exhibit there for the past two years.

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