ARO designated official NGO partner in The Kite Runner social action campaign with Participant Productions and Paramount Vantage

Participant Productions and Paramount Vantage have designated non governmental organization (NGO) partners in a social action campaign to accompany the Golden Globe-nominated film, The Kite Runner, based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-seller. ARO was the first NGO partner asked to participate, through an introduction by Khaled Hosseini.

The goal of the social action campaign is to “build upon the work of NGOs… already actively tackling the issues”. The Kite Runner campaign provides an opportunity to raise awareness and support for educational initiatives both in and outside of Afghanistan.

Educating about Afghanistan

The campaign provides a downloadable teachers’ guide to educate American high school students about the history of Afghanistan, from pre-Soviet invasion to present day, and addresses core themes of the book and film. Screenings of The Kite Runner will be presented to high schools and universities to increase awareness about Afghanistan.

ARO volunteers are providing information about education, aid work and Afghanistan to students in communities around the country, including Colorado, Virginia, Ohio, California, Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C.

ARO also hosted a special screening for the Afghan community, human relations organizations and the board of governors and staff at the Bowers Museum in Orange County. Screenings offer an opportunity for those not familiar with Afghanistan to talk with Afghans and aid workers about issues raised in the film. ARO welcomes the opportunity to educate people about Afghanistan’s history, culture and present-day situation.

Raising funds for Education and Teacher Training

Funds raised through the campaign go to teacher training and educational programs in Afghanistan. We invite you to learn more about what you can do to help.

In the months ahead, ARO will announce funds received through the awareness campaign and how they are used. ARO is honored to participate in the public awareness effort, which will make a significant contribution toward the national education goals in Afghanistan.

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