Short Introduction of Shahmama Foundation

Shahmama (Shahmoama), Afghan Social Development Foundation, based in the Netherlands, is an independent social and cultural 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 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 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 actieve 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 there knowledge and ideas.

Achievements since 2003:

  •   participating in preparing and publishing of more than 160 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 which is working under the support of Shahmama Foundation. (volunteer)

Shahmama’s activities are volunteer work, with the exception of the branch of Shamama’s Publications which is now under the coverage of  the company Tasweer in Holland and is no longer volunteer work.

Note: Since Shahmama works for Afghanistan, most of the available materials in the archives of its website are in Farsi language.

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