Tales from an Afghan Village

Posted: 14th July 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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One of the best parts about having friends is how they have a tendency to expand your horizons.  We can all get wrapped up in our daily lives, rushing to and fro, working, taking care of the kids and all that, but how many of us actually get involved in a good cause?  One that can have a real and meaningful impact on someone less fortunate than we are?  We all know there are millions of stories and people out there warranting some much-needed assistance, and in today’s post we’re going to feature one really great cause and an event that is coming up this summer that is intended to bring awareness and raise funds for this cause.

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

We just love handcrafted items.  A little of the person who lovingly crafted these items goes into each one of them, and it shows.  When you consider the state of things in Afghanistan these days, you really begin to realize how dire things are in that part of the world for people who are just trying to live their lives, eek out some form of a living, and even try to enjoy things as much as they can.  This is a tall order under the circumstances.  Folks like the great group of people at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan form an integral and critical link in contemporary times between the two distinct worlds that seem to exist these days.

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

These hand-made pieces are simply incredible, a welcome addition to anyone’s home.  Imported by the group, the proceeds from the sale of these wonderful items go directly to assisting women in a part of the world where life is extremely difficult, where even the notion of getting an education is something that presents an almost insurmountable obstacle.

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

The very best part about today’s story is all about the upcoming event on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.  Hosted by our dear friends and gracious hosts at Seasons Above The Bay B&B in Cowichan Bay, this year’s gala event will consist of a garden party with some wonderful guest speakers and attendees, all intent on raising funds and awareness for this all-too important cause.

Bev Oliver – Seasons Above The Bay:

…our guest speakers live and work in Afghanistan.  They are professional women quietly working to develop educational opportunities and an improved quality of life for those women and children whom they can reach, sometimes in very remote villages.  CW4WA has educated more than 5000 teachers, and vastly improved the opportunities for thousands of Afghans, and they have done so even during Taliban times, since 1996.

The cost to attend will be $25 at the door, and all the proceeds from the event will go directly to helping these women improve their lives.  We can honestly think of no better way to spend an afternoon than to visit the gorgeous gardens at Seasons Above The Bay and to spend some time with like-minded people intent on doing good in the world.

The Planning Team for Tales From an Afghan Village - Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada

The Planning Team for Tales From an Afghan Village – Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada –

I was absolutely delighted to be invited to join this wonderful team this past Saturday as they worked diligently on the plans for the big event.  While these girls were all focused and busy on preparations, I spend my time in the gardens shooting some of the items you see above.  All of the proceeds from the sales go directly to making a difference in someone’s life out there.  How terrific is that?

I find we don’t really get enough chances to express our gratitude for the life we lead in the developed world.  What better way of expressing this gratitude than by paying it forward to someone who simply doesn’t have the opportunities or chances that we frequently take for granted.  With that being said, if you find yourself on Vancouver Island on Sunday, August 24th, 2014, why not make a direct difference?  You’ll come away with a sense of having helped someone less fortunate, as well as having made a new group of friends all focused on ways of making the world a better place for us all.

Thanks for your kind visit here today to The Hollow, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.  We will be attending the event to photograph it, so we truly hope to see you all there!




  1. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    This really is a wonderful cause, and you can see just how much love went into the crafting of these items. They are so beautiful. I hope this is a huge success!

  2. avatar Edith Levy says:

    You’re wonderful to bring this great cause to light. Beautiful items and I hope the event is a success.

  3. avatar LensScaper says:

    A very worthwhile cause. And this is beautiful art.

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Terrific post about a very worthwhile cause Toad.

  5. avatar Tracey Otto says:

    Marvellous photos and a fantastic cause. Well done!

  6. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Thanks again, for sharing this, Toad. The women who have seen the blog post are just knocked out by it, and feeling extremely grateful to have someone like yourself be willing to donate your time and effort to promote this cause. I have to say, though, to people in our region, this is an opportunity, as well, to listen to amazing stories told by people who actually live there. So very different from the sound bytes we hear on the ‘news’. It really give you hope to hear their stories, and accomplishments.

    • Hear, hear, Bev, thanks for leaving these terrific comments that I am sure all our readers will enjoy! Well said, indeed! It’s all our pleasure, my friend, we love to do what we can for this wonderful community that has given so much to us. Looking forward to attending and shooting the big event, my friend!!!