Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Three Cups of Tea is a MUST READ! Please read this book, then come back here to see how you can join in with Friends of Afghanistan as we renew our efforts to build schools and provide education for Afghanistan's forgotten children.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Afghan Connections Newsletter Available

Dear RPCVs and FoAs Salaam,

I am pleased to announce the completion of the next edition of Afghan Connections the official newsletter of the Friends of Afghanistan. Kudos to AC Editor Dianne Holley for her dedication and hard work. Dianne is ably assisted by Jessie Schilling who will oversee the printing and mailing of our FoA newsletter. As always please send Dianne, Terry Dougherty, our ever vigilant Webmaster or me any information, updates and/or personal anecdotes about Afghanistan that could help serve the good of the order and keep us better connected to events in our former host country.

This is also a great time to send us any updates about RPCVs or other FoAs who are not official members of our organization and bring them into the fold. Please send any leads regarding new members to Jessie at the email address below. Your active participation and regular communication will help us determine how we can best serve your interests and will assist us in tailoring our communication to meet the information needs of the FoA membership. Send your ideas and suggestions to us at the following email addresses:
Afghan Connections, Dianne at:;
Membership, Jessie at:;
Website, Terry at:;
Treasury, Dennis "Bones" Hamilton at:
For general information contact our FoA advisor Emeritus, Dennis Aronson at:; or me at: tony@afghanconnections.orgFor us, the 'Third Goal of Peace Corps" is: To help Americans learn about Afghanistan in a way that promotes understanding of the culture and the people of this ancient land. Please do what you can to help us promote this important goal.

Peace, Tony Agnello

President, Friends of Afghanistan
Director, Schools and Futures, Inc.
Advisor, Western New York
Sister School Coalition
Peace Corps, Afghanistan 1972-75

Thursday, November 23, 2006

New - 16 Days in Afghanistan by M. Anwar Hajer

Anwar's film project is nearly complete. Visit the official website for up-to-date status.

Anwar says the film will be available this year.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

To: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers—Afghanistan

From: David Carroll and Joanne Martindale Allen, co-chair

Group XIV & Friends Peace Corps Afghanistan

9-11 NOVEMBER 2007


We are pleased to invite you and your spouse or significant other to a reunion of Peace Corps volunteers and staff who served in Afghanistan. The reunion is sponsored by members of Group XIV, who arrived in 1968, but is open to all PC volunteers and staff who served in Afghanistan:

DATES: Friday, November 9–Sunday, November 11, 2007

LOCATION: Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA



The schedule and program are not yet final but will closely resemble those of our first, very successful reunion in Alexandria VA in November 2004 (see

Afghan Connections - September 2006

Visit the Friends of Afghanistan web site, to get your copy of Afghan Connections!

Mohammad Hajher (Anwar): “My Visit to Afghanistan"

Friday, November 17, 2006

"A Land Without Time" A Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan

A Perfect Holiday Gift

Dear Returning Peace Corps Volunteer,

Here's a book for anyone who's been in the Peace Corps, is thinking about joining the Peace Corps, has a friend or family member on active duty, or is curious about Afghanistan. Add it to your holiday shopping list – "A Land Without Time: A Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan," John Sumser.

"No other book about Afghanistan offers such a humane, sometimes humorous, and significant insight into a culture on the verge of single-handedly launching a new age of terrorism." -- Publisher, Academy Chicago Publishers

"Sumser offers a harrowing glimpse of a time and place now obliterated in the cruelty of history. Written with passion and promise, A LAND WITHOUT TIME asks us to rehumanize Afghanistan, to restore it to dignity, even if only in memory; to recall a time when young Americans came as peace makers, bearing not swords, but plowshares."

---Donna Gaines, author of Teenage Wasteland and A Misfit's Manifesto


for a review by fellow returning peace corps volunteer, Tony Zurlo.

Visit for more information about the author and book.

To schedule the author for an interview or speaking engagement, please contact Claire Wynn at