BOOKS FOR AFGHAN CHILDREN
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The first of ISF’s new children’s books to be sent to Afghanistan is Speak First and Lose. Written by Idries Shah and beautifully illustrated by the brilliant Daby Zainab Faidhi, the story shows us what could happen if adults failed to resolve their differences in an intelligent, thoughtful way. More titles will follow later in the year, including The Tale of the Sands, The Horrible Dib Dib, and After a Swim – all made possible thanks to generous donations. These aren’t your garden-variety picture books. Funny, playful and hugely entertaining, they enshrine – in their characters, plots and imagery – patterns and relationships which increase our understanding, flexibility, and breadth of vision.
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate for Peace 2014, has shown her support of the ISF book donations to Afghanistan, saying: 'The Idries Shah Foundation is doing a commendable job by sending thousands of books for children in Afghanistan. This war-stricken country could be healed by books and learning. Reading makes a nation great and the books sent by The Idries Shah Foundation will really help.’