A Short Introduction:
Shahmama (Shahmoama), Afghan Social Development Foundation, based in The Netherlands. Shahmama social and cultural foundation is an independent and non-political center.
The word “Shahmama” comes from the name of the great statue of Buddha (35m) in Bamyan (a province of Afghanistan) which was dynamited by the Taliban. “Shahmama” is a nonprofit organization that resumed its operation in Netherlands in March 2003 and was officially registered as a “Publication Center” in Holland. In November 2007 it improved to Afghan Social Development Foundation. With its non-commercial and nonpolitical nature, the organization has a range of cultural, social and educational activities.
Shahmama cooperates with all social groups that are combating for bringing peace, security, democracy and social justice in Afghanistan. We believe that intellectuals and educated Afghans have significant roles in bringing changes in the situation of Afghanistan. Women preserve a special preference in our activities. Our mission is to serve any movement that supports women’s rights in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, we facilitate various opportunities for Afghan women to reflect their ideas through books and publications.
Education is a considerable mater in Shahmama’s project for Afghanistan and this foundation facilitates preparation of educational materials for school children, illiterates and either university level for Afghan former university teachers and writers in the westerns countries. We encourage educated and experienced Afghans abroad to support Afghanistan and play notable roles in rebuilding their country by facilitating them to publish there knowledge and ideas.
Achievements since 2003:
- participating in preparing and publishing of more tha100 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 and a video over disabled people in Ghazni, Afghanistan