Short Introduction of Shahmama Foundation
updated in July 2021
The word “Shahmama” comes from the name of the great statue of Buddha in Bamyan (a province of Afghanistan) which was destroyed by Taliban. “Shahmama” is a nonprofit organization that resumed its operation in the Netherlands in March 2003 and was officially registered as a “Publication Center” in Holland in 2005. In November 2007 it evolved to Afghan Social Development Foundation. With its non-commercial and non-political nature, the organization has a range of cultural, social and educational activities.
Shahmama cooperates with all social groups and individuals that are combating for bringing peace, security, democracy and social justice in Afghanistan. We believe that intellectuals and educated Afghans may have significant roles in bringing changes in the situation of Afghanistan. Women preserve a special preference in our activities and in this mission, we serve any movement that supports women’s rights in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, we facilitate various opportunities for Afghan women to reflect their ideas through their books and publications.
Education is a considerable issue for Shahmama and this foundation would like to facilitate preparation of educational materials for school children, illiterates and either universities by supporting Afghan former university teachers and writers in the westerns countries. We encourage educated and experienced Afghans abroad to become active and support Afghanistan by publishing their experience and knowledge so they could play notable roles in rebuilding their country. We are facilitating them to publish their knowledge and ideas.
Achievements since 2003:
- participating in preparing and publishing of around 200 title books of Afghan writers abroad Afghanistan;
- publishing 13 volumes of “Nehal” educational & informational children’s magazine and continuing the magazine as children books in Farsi;
- coordinating cultural activities of Afghan organisation in Europe;
– implementing the Afghan Women Bike Project in Kabul, sponsored by Cordaid;
- Cheraghdaran (The torch bearers) , introduces well-known Afghan cultural / scientific faces and their activities;
- preparing & publishing a literacy book (99 Gaam, 2 volumes in 2 versions, textbooks and workbooks in 99 lessons) that is written by Mr. E. Sorosh
– preparing video reportages of cultural activities, a video over disabled people in Ghazni, Afghanistan and many video clips concerning events in Afghasnistan
– FARASU.NET is a cultural and informational website since 2015, which is supported by Shahmama Foundation. (volunteer)
– achieving the copy-rights of publishing many books published via Shahmama and the great work of Mr. S. Farhang, “Afghanistan in the last five centuries”
– supporting the brilliant artists by publishing their books, making interviews and presenting them in the social media;
– getting the honor of working as the representative of the great singer and musician of Afghanistan, Dr. S. Fitrat Nashenas, preparing his official website (nashenas.org) and Soundcloud: “Nashenas”; and also collecting most of his song’s information (poetry/lyrics, composer, music category and year of first recording) in a book “Melodies of Nashenas” including his biography, by Manizha Naderi, director of Shahmama Foundation/Publishings;
– preparing the opportunity for publishing books of Afghan well-known writers who are in the country or are refuged to Iran, Pakistan and needs support. Most of their works are censored and are not supported to publish. We would like to pay 20% of the benefit of their sold books though our company Tasweer. This program started at the beginning of 2021.
– Shahmama’s activities are volunteer work, with the exception of the branch of Shamama’s Publishings which is now under the coverage of the company “Tasweer” in Holland, and is a part volunteer work, depends to the importance of the work;
– Shahmama is not responsible for the copy rights of materials, present by individuals/associations to be published in their works (books, visual and audial materials);
– Shahmama co-operates the writers to sell their books through our social media pages and we are not responsible for any copy-right claim against the published materials of their books;
– We give a serial number to each sold book and present the writer, details of their sold books as the amount and registrations numbers.
– Shahmama archives any work material receives to our address;
– Shahmama is responsible in keeping the privacy of any material (text, visual, audial) and may publish it after getting the permission of the owner of the work;
– Shahmama is not responsible for the content of the book and maintains its neutrality in publishing the works of authors;
– Shahmama does not cooperate in publishing works defending war criminals.
Note: Since Shahmama works for Afghanistan, most of the available materials in the archives of its website are in Farsi.