Short Introduction of Shahmama Foundation
updated in July 2021
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 2005. 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 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 of 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 honour 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 specification(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.
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 half volunteer work.
Note: Since Shahmama works for Afghanistan, most of the available materials in the archives of its website are in Farsi language.