I had the honor to travel to Afghanistan in May of 2002 as a member of a delegation of young Afghan-Americans working on reconstruction.  I returned home after 2 weeks but like Jason Elliot, my heart stayed behind. I returned in June 2003 to work on a project to improve conditions for the women in Kabul prison, in March 2004 to work in maternity hospitals, in June 2004 to teach preserving, and spent most of 2005 living there working as the logistics manager for the Kabul Beauty School. I returned in February 2006 and now live in Kabul full time working on women's projects.

I love to do speaking engagements to show slides and tell stories about my trips.  Here are upcoming events, please contact me if you would like a presentation for your group.

  • September 28, 2009 - Counterinsurgency Leaders Course, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • October 17, 2009 - Northern California Sister Cities Organization Conference, Santa Clara, CA. 11:30am. For more information contact Teresa O'Neill.
  • October 19, 2009 - AAUW, Half Moon Bay, CA. 7pm. For more information contact Carol Forster.
  • October 28, 2009 - Amazing Women, San Jose, CA. For more information contact Consuelo Griego.
  • October 30, 2009 - Saratoga Rotary, Saratoga, CA. For more information contact Bill Comport.
  • November 1, 2009 - Afghanistan Reconstruction Summit, San Rafael, CA. For more information contact Masood Sattari
  • November 4, 2009 - Federated Women's Club of Los Altos, 12 noon. For more information contact Helen Foerster.
  • November 5, 2009 - Harbor Industrial Association, 12 noon. For more information contact Howard Jones
  • November 7, 2009 - Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 6pm. For more information contact Debra Leschyn
  • November 9, 2009 - Federated Women's Club District Conference, 12 noon. For more information contact Helen Foerster.

There is so much we can do to help in Afghanistan - a little goes a long way.  I've established a non-profit organization called ...a little help to get aide directly to the women and girls in Afghanistan who really need it.  Your donation will be put to excellent use, I promise! Find out more about how you can help.

Thank you for visiting this site, be sure to check out the photos, resources for additional information, and the great media coverage these trips have received. And please drop me a note - I'd love to hear from you!


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