I want to use my post this month to talk about two of my favorite charities. One of which you can purchase yummy gifts to help out women in need—an extra bonus!
Homaira Rahman Foundation (HRF) was started by my neighbor Roya in honor of her sister, Homaira, a beautiful spirit who was taken from this world far too early. Roya, along with friends and family, founded HRF to support orphans, who are the most vulnerable in their home country of Afghanistan after years of conflict and instability. As their mission states:
We strongly believe that the key to achieving long term success in this war-ravaged country is to empower its youngest generation through education.
Espousing universally held principles that support child survival, protection, and development, we help build sustainable capacity through a comprehensive grassroots program.
We embrace Afghanistan’s diversity, and believe that a truly apolitical approach that remains indiscriminate of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, will ensure the greatest success.
Every dollar donated goes directly to supporting these children. Roya travels to the school each year to connect with the orphans and purchase supplies directly from the community, thereby, helping local businesses as well.
As someone who believes a child’s education is key to a country’s future growth and success, I fully support the wonderful work Roya and her team has done.
I was introduced to the Women’s Bean Project when a friend, who is an amazing cook, gifted me several of their products. The seasoning made my chicken and fish taste like it came from a restaurant. Their lentil soup was not only healthy, but the best I’d eaten and it was so easy to make.
The Women’s Bean Project is a business that sells bean soup and baking mixes and other dry goods products—and they hire impoverished women so they can learn skills required for gainful employment. These women are convicted felons, recovering addicts, and victims of domestic violence. Through working at the Women’s Bean Project they can transform their lives by reaching for great opportunities.
Plus, on each of their products is a personal touch. The woman who packaged the mix signs her name.
You can learn more about the Women’s Bean Project and donate here.
However, I highly recommend you try out their mixes. Maybe even gift a few to the chefs in your family. All the soups are yummy but the Lentil Soup is my favorite. To give a mild kick to fish (I love it on Tilapia) and other meats, I recommend the Malaysian Spice Blend. Just rub this spice on meat or sprinkle on your favorite veggies and you’ll feel like you’re the next Top Chef. LOL!
I wish you all the best this holiday season. For me, giving is my most favorite part of the holiday, so if you have any charities you like to support, post them in the comments. Share with us those charities you believe in.