Jashn-e-Dosti - A celebration of friendship

Sabah Khan
Posted February 12, 2019 from India
Translation of poetry by Aquila
Translation of poetry by Aquila: Bridge by Aquila Khan (1/6)

This post is about the notebook Parcham created for raising funds.  Each year for three years now, we have chosen a theme to write about to raise awareness of the issues close to our heart and used it to raise funds for our work with adolescent girls.

This year’s notebook titled Jashn-e-Dosti (Celebration of Friendship) is a celebration of friendship, of diversity in India, challenging forces which seek to divide us along religion, language, caste and other artificial divides.

The theme we chose is a response to the horrific news of the abduction, rape and brutal murder of an eight year old child, of a teenager being killed by lynch mobs because of his religious identity, of killings in the name of the cow, caste pride and family honour.  Hence this diary with the theme of friendship; friendship which transcends the artificial divides of religion and caste. 

This notebook was a result of a poetry workshop conducted jointly by friends Aquila and Rabiya at the Parcham office in early 2018.  The poetry in the notebook is multilingual with translation in English.  All effort to bring this out was voluntary, from those who conducted the workshop, to the translators and children who contributed to the artwork for the poetry. 

We wish to thank all our friends and well wishers who work with us towards our dream of a more humane world. 

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Jill Langhus
Feb 12
Feb 12

Hi Sabah,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your lovely post and poems. Is the fundraiser complete now? How much money were you able to raise?

Hope you're having a good day!

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Jill! We managed to cover our printing expenses so it didn't work as a fund raiser. But we are happy that our work and message reached to many.

Jill Langhus
Jun 15
Jun 15

You're welcome!

Oh:( Well, that's good. Good job, dear:-)

Corine Milano
Feb 12
Feb 12

This is beautiful! What a powerful way to bring together voices and to raise funds. Thank you for sharing the images of these translated poems, and for al you are doing!

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you so much Corine for your kind words <3

Anjana Vaidya
Feb 12
Feb 12

Thank you so much Sabah for sharing such a nice initiative. Best wishes to you, anjana

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thanks so much Anjana!

Hello, Sabah,

How creative and resourceful of you to think of this initiative. Thank you for sharing!

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thanks so much Karen!

You’re welcome. :)

Beth Lacey
Feb 14
Feb 14

A great way to connect over a common mission.

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you so much Beth!

Wendy Stebbins
Feb 18
Feb 18

What an amazing idea. Such a healing way to deal with the horrific happenings, the feelings of everyone and the process of grieving.

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Wendy :)

Wendy Stebbins
Jun 24
Jun 24

My pleasure. Thanks for writing. Hope all is going well for you.

Ubuntu,

Wendy

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

What a powerful message and action!

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Sharon!

Tola Makinde
Mar 16
Mar 16

Hi Saabah,

Kudos to you. It's not a child's play raising funds but I trust you have connected with donors. Well done

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Tola!

Lisbeth
Mar 19
Mar 19

Its also a very nice platform to network. Thanks for sharing

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Lisbeth. It is indeed wonderful to have the platform to get to learn from each other and collaborate.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Sabah,
Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Hope you were able to achieve your goals with this fundraiser.
Have a lovely day.

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Anita! We managed to raise enough to cover our printing expenses. We are happy our message is reaching out to many people :)

Adanna
Apr 08
Apr 08

Thank you for sharing Sabah!

Keep up the good work.

Love,
Adanna

Sabah Khan
Jun 14
Jun 14

Thank you Adanna! Best wishes!

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Jul 10
Jul 10

Dear Sabah
thanks for sharing your work...connected and happy
best wishes for your work