From a performance at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on April 9, 2011
Terry Dougherty, a board member of SOLA and the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace cosponsored an event featuring the work of several writers in theAfghan Women's Writing Project at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. IPFW Women's Studies students along with Sana and Meena presented a dramatic recreation of a gathering of students at SOLA-School of Leadership, Afghanistan. Music from Dr. Louise Pascale's Afghan Children's Songbook was also used in the presentation.
The Afghan Children’s Songbook Project
Louise Pascale, Afghanistan PCV (66-68)
Louise is reintroducing music to Afghanistan through The Afghan Children’s Songbook Project. The songs, collected initially by Pascale while she was in the Peace Corps, were almost completely eradicated due to the war and oppressive rule of the Taliban. With the help of an Afghan-Canadian composer and performer and an Afghan graphic designer and printer, she has recreated her old songbook of 16 songs, which now has an accompanying CD and cassette tape of Afghan children singing all the songs. The books are distributed to children in elementary schools, orphanages and women’s centers with the help of a number of organizations, including Save the Children, Youth Educational Services, HOPE International, Afghan Women’s Organization and the American Friendship Foundation.
Jill Vickers, RPCV Afghanistan, and
SYNOPSIS: "We walked in on weddings, on funerals - everything would stop - and we'd vaccinate." Group 15 volunteers were members of Afghan male smallpox vaccinator teams in 1969 and 1970. The women's stories with their photographs bring that time of relative peace and prosperity to life. Travel with them to remote areas meeting incredible hospitality as well as open resistance to the vaccination program. The movie takes you behind the high compound walls to a place where people of completely different backgrounds could recognize one another in spite of their differences. In a world in which messages of hate travel faster than ever before, this is a message of understanding.