The famous Adelaide restaurant has launched an online auction to help provide emergency relief to those at the center of the Afghan crisis.
In response to the devastating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Adelaide restaurant Parwana Afghan Kitchen organized a online auction to help buy emergency relief items for those on the ground.
Each of the items on sale – which cover art, skin care, clothing, accommodations, dining experiences and more – were donated by members of the community. There’s Parwana merch, framed photographs by Adelaide artists Emmaline Zanelli and Muzafar Ali, a chair by designers Daniel + Emma, props by Tiff Manuell, and dinners at restaurants such as Africola and Shobosho.
Profits will be distributed to partner organizations, the Afghan-Australian Development Organization, Mahboba’s Promise and Human Appeal, who will endeavor to provide immediate, short-term aid, distributing items such as food, blankets, medication and clothing, taking into account recovery needs.
“We work with organizations that care for women, children, orphans and the wider community who remain in Afghanistan,” read a statement on Parwana’s website. “We also selected these charities with the desire to stay as close to our efforts as possible.
“Once funds are allocated, once our fundraising activities are complete, we will keep the community informed about where and how the donated funds have been distributed in Afghanistan. We believe in an Afghanistan that can thrive – in the hands of its own people, once given a chance and given its own future.
For the Ayubi family, owners of Parwana and its spinoff companies Kutchi Deli and Shirni Parwana, their efforts are not just about fundraising, but raising the profile of a different narrative.
“Because I’m so sick of the same message and the same ‘free world against Islamic extremism’ [narrative] without any layer of responsibility for how we got to this point … Large format last month.
The auction is now live online and closes at 11:59 p.m. ACST on Sunday, September 12.