OPEN HEART, OPEN HOME
Join us for a celebration of motherhood and multiculturalism on 29 April 2017 at 6:30PM in West Pennant Hills, as we raise funds to improve access to maternal healthcare in Afghanistan.
Harmony Day 2017
Tuesday 21st March marked Harmony Day, a day where we as Australians celebrate the strength our country gains from our cultural diversity. Mahboba’s Promise celebrated Harmony Day with an Open Heart Open Home (OHOH) event at Admiralty House, Sydney, hosted by Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove. Women from all different backgrounds sat down together over an Australian-Afghan lunch to talk, learn and build friendships.
Mahboba Rawi OAM, briefly spoke at the lunch of the importance of events such as OHOH for the Australian community. In times where people try to sow division and conflict within Australian society, OHOH aims to build bridges among the different communities that make up Australia. We aim to do this through open hearts, open communication and inter-cultural, inter-faith learning.
Love Marriage in Kabul Screening in Brisbane
Love Marriage in Kabul is a multi-award winning documentary that has received recognition from around the world. Filmed on location in one of the Mahboba's Promise centres for orphaned children in Afghanistan, the story focuses on Mahboba Rawi, as she attempts to bring together two young lovers who are forced apart by rigid societal values and familial restraints. In April 2016 Love Marriage in Kabul was awarded the Golden Phoenix at the 34th Fajr International Film Festival in Iran. It was the first time that an Australian film had been selected
Mahboba’s Promise held a fundraising event with the screening of Love Marriage in Kabul in Brisbane’s Palace Cinema, The Barracks on 11 October 2016. The film was presented by Mahboba’s Promise Patron and former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce. Proceeds from the evening went to the organisation’s projects in Afghanistan supporting vulnerable women and children.
An Evening of Sufi Odes and Peace in Canberra
A fundraising event, an evening of Sufi Odes and Peace, was conducted at Canberra’s Albert Hall on 5 November 2016 in collaboration with Sahaja Yoga ACT. The evening featured the joyous music of two lively and energetic performance groups; Antarika Qawwali Group and Music of Joy. The band members united to share an experience of joy and peace and to dissolve cultural boundaries. Their repertoire ranged from traditional Indian bhajans through to melodic Chinese and Russian folk songs as well as rhythmic African harmonies and the music of Australia itself. Proceeds from the evening went to the organisation’s projects in Afghanistan supporting vulnerable women and children.
Mackeller Girl's Breakfast
For the past seven years Mackellar Girls High School has held an annual breakfast for Mahboba’s Promise to raise funds for their sister school in Afghanistan. In these years, the school has become one of the closest and most dedicated of the Schools Promise Program, passionately supporting their sister school in Abdara, Panjshir Valley. Mahboba speaks annually at the breakfast, providing updates for what their fundraising for the year has achieved, and at times brings gifts from their sisters in the Valley. The schools consistent support is highly felt, both by us and their sisters, and we hope to continue with them for the years to come.