Businesses partner with penny campaign

August 12, 2009 6:52:35 PM PDT
The Afghan-American business community in Fremont is partnering with a Bay Area non-profit to raise pennies to remove landmines and build schools in Afghanistan.

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Zarmina Wahid, owner of the Salang Pass Restaurant in Fremont, her family, and business leaders like Qasim Tarin -- founder of the Afghan Business Network -- are working with the Roots Of Peace Children's Penny Campaign. It was co-founded by Heidi Kuhn of San Rafael. Zarmina learned about it from her daughter, who is visiting from Abu Dhabi, where her children go to school.

"The focus is children, the focus is education and I told her, what can I do," said Marjon Ajami who supports Roots of Peace.

"Any organization who's helping Afghanistan, I'd like to be part of them," said Qasim Tarin from the Afghan Business Network.

A friend, Bahareh Sharghi, led a drive at the Abu Dhabi School, and raised more than $1,600. Marjon's husband has promised to donate 100 computers to a school in Afghanistan built by pennies from Bay Area school children.

Link: www.rootsofpeace.org

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