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ARO Partners

The ARO is grateful to the many contributions and supporters making our work possible. A few of our generous aid and education partnerships:

Afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the people of Afghanistan. They donated beautifully hand-knit hats for winter relief distribution by ARO. This grassroots effort is inspired by volunteers who made afghans, socks, slippers, and other items during World Wars I and II and other times of crisis and need. A warm thank you to the knitters with Afghans for Afghans! Their unique and individual donations will be worn with pride.

The Ayres Hotel chain, which features the Ayres Collection of European-style boutique hotels throughout Southern California, has made significant, frequent donations of bedding, blankets and sheets. This is extremely valuable for Afghan winters, and can be utilized in family homes, orphan centers and clinics. Ayres Hotels are located throughout Greater Los Angeles, including Orange County/Anaheim and the Inland Empire, and San Diego near major airports, regional shopping centers, world-famous theme parks, and other Southern California attractions. We are grateful to Don Ayres and the Ayres Hotel group for their ongoing generosity and caring. Ayres Hotels live up to their motto, “We Care About People!”

The volunteers with Be The Cause strive to be of service to many organizations in the U.S. and around the world. ARO is grateful to be one of the recipients of their volunteer assistance and fundraising efforts, which go to ARO’s education center in Kabul. An annual event of Be The Cause is the Walk for Hope, held on the Bolsa Chica State Beach at Huntington Beach, CA, which unites faiths and organizations on the anniversary of Sept. 11, in the spirit of humanity.

ARO partnered with American mid wives—primarily from Colorado—to create a mobile healthcare outreach project. The primary focus of International Midwifery Assistance is to train Afghan women about healthy prenatal care and safe childbirth. In 2005, midwives are traveling in rotation from the U.S. to Afghanistan—funded by a grant from the Threshold Foundation—to provide training and assistance in Bamiyan.

Kaiser Permanente is providing the temporary “gift” of a large warehouse in Anaheim, California, for collection, sorting and packaging of school, basic relief, hygiene and medical, and winter relief supplies. This large warehouse holds the equivalent of at least two cargo planes, and provides the opportunity for ARO to collect and package a large quantity of relief supplies. ARO recognizes the generosity of this healthcare organization, which is dedicated to helping those in need.

New Era Finance has hosted two basketball tournaments in Orange County, California, featuring Afghan American athletes. Proceeds from these fun family events are donated to humanitarian causes that aid Afghanistan. ARO has been fortunate to receive donations from these events, as well as participate in the events with concessions and items from the women in the Sewing Initiative Program. Funds raised at these tournaments go to the costs of running ARO’s education center in Kabul. New Era Finance puts their heart, soul, money and time into hosting these events, which showcase superb athletes and bring hundreds of spectators from around the U.S. Learn more about Afghan basketball and these tournaments by clicking here.

The Pacific Hills Banquet Hall in Laguna Hills, CA, has generously assisted ARO with an annual fundraising event at their beautiful event center. Close to 500 people attended the March 2005 event, which raised a total of $22,000, which goes to operational costs at the Technical Education Center (TEC) and relief distribution efforts in Afghanistan. The hospitality and assistance provided by the Pacific Hills Banquet Hall means more funds can be directed to education and aid.

The Pangea Foundation provided computers—adapted specifically for Afghanistan (power and software needs)—for ARO’s education center and for distribution to other aid and healthcare organizations in Afghanistan. ARO’s students are able to learn the basics of computer use, as a result of the Pangea Foundation’s generosity.

Paramount Vantage is supporting the education programs and projects of ARO, in association with their release of The Kite Runner.  Paramount Classics and DreamWorks Pictures have made a commitment to donate 500 XO laptops through One Laptop per Child (OLPC) in 2008.   ARO will distribute the donated XO laptops, a learning tool created expressly for children in developing countries, to students attending its school in Kabul.  

Participant Productions is a Los Angeles-based production company that focuses on socially relevant films and documentaries. Participant's films have been chosen to awaken, inspire and empower audiences to take action and create change. Participant was founded by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Participant Productions developed the social action campaign for The Kite Runner, providing support for ARO's education programs and future teacher training. 

Sister Schools of San Diego is a volunteer-based nonprofit promoting cross-cultural understanding and international friendship, including links with schools in Afghanistan. SSSD has collected and provided computers to ARO for distribution to schools in Afghanistan, supporting ARO’s effort to assist the reconstruction of Afghanistan through education.

The members of local Mosques in Southern California have contributed and continue to donate generously the supplies for relief aid and shipping costs to Afghanistan. These Mosques include Masjid Imam Bukhary (Panorama City), Masjid Said Jamaludeen Afghan (Orange), and Momin Lodge Masjid (Torrance). Without the help of these Mosques, the ARO would not have been able to accomplish our previous relief trips, and we are grateful we continue to receive their support for our future efforts.

For several years, Afghan students at UCLA have held an annual cultural show to build awareness and support for aid and reconstruction efforts. ARO has been fortunate to have been an ongoing participant and recipient of this goodwill effort. Funds collected at the UCLA Afghan Student Association event in 2005 will assist the midwifery program.

ARO utilizes humanitarian airlift programs whenever they are available, in order to reduce costly shipping of relief and education supplies. We were one of the first to register for the U.S. military’s flights to the Bagram air base near Kabul, Afghanistan. This enabled ARO to ship school supplies for distribution to Afghan children returning to school. ARO is working on additional shipments of winter relief, medical and hygiene supplies, computers and other education resources. We appreciate the support and assistance, which helps ARO avoid the cost and lengthy sea voyages of other shipping alternatives.

Evergreen Airlines provided the first air cargo flight directly into Kabul in February 2002. The ARO was on the flight with Winter Relief supplies (please see “Winter Relief 2002” on this website for more information). The Afghan Women’s Association of Southern California (AWASC) was instrumental in the first Winter Relief effort with Evergreen Airlines—spearheading the arrangements for humanitarian air cargo—and has made significant contributions with their own collections of relief supplies and fundraising efforts.

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