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CARE Hosts Global Leaders, Honors Girls' Education

December 14, 2017

With the Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates ambassadors attending, the global poverty-fighting organization CARE hosted a reception Tuesday to honor the progress made toward girls’ education in Afghanistan, where CARE has worked since 1961.

Christine Warnke & Afghanistan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Christine Warnke & Afghanistan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib

“We are no longer the country that was reduced to rubble,” said Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S.  “The last 15 years have changed our country.”  The annual higher education graduation rate, he said, went up from a minimal number to 300,000.  “We are no longer an isolated country…we are a new country…but we do have challenges.” 

The ambassador also gave credit to international charitable organizations, saying, “We would not be where we are … but because of organizations” such as CARE.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., agreed that significant progress for women and girls has been achieved in Afghanistan. 

To illustrate that headway, Shaheen noted a recent accomplishment of Afghan girls, ages 14-17, at Europe’s largest robotics festival in Estonia. The girls won the Entrepreneur Challenge with a robot that could use solar energy to support small-scale farmers.

Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE, in her talk, said: “Now 9 million students are in school from the 1 million that were a few years ago, and 40 percent of those are girls.

 “Girls’ education is the cornerstone of our development progress. CARE knows when we invest in girls’ empowerment, we pave the way for equality, growth and prosperity….

“The CARE Global Leaders Network supports America’s legacy of delivering humanitarian and development assistance to fight poverty, relieve suffering and promote human rights – ultimately enhancing our national security and global stability.”

(l) Gen. Carter Ham, Amb. Ryan Crocker, Susan Retik, Amb. Hamdullah Mohib, Dusty Huscher, Michelle Nunn, Nancy Frees Fountain, & Tex Fountain (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) (l) Gen. Carter Ham, Amb. Ryan Crocker, Susan Retik, Amb. Hamdullah Mohib, Dusty Huscher, Michelle Nunn, Nancy Frees Fountain, & Tex Fountain

The event was the first in a series of embassy-based receptions presented by CARE’s Global Leaders Network, a strategic initiative aimed at supporting humanitarian and development aid through an active network of national security, business and military veteran leaders who support CARE’s work.

It drew more than 120 attendees, including UAE Ambassador Yousif Al Otaiba,  members of Congress and congressional staff, foreign dignitaries, international development experts, corporate partners, philanthropists, media and members of the national security, business and military veterans’ communities.

 Among those speaking were Martha Brooks, chair of CARE’s board of directors, retired U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, former commander of the United States Africa Command, and Amb. Ryan Crocker , former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq.

 Business executive Barbara Lang (l), Bahishta Talash (3rd secretary Afghan embassy & Marco Aguilar (COO, principal of Lang Strategies (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Business executive Barbara Lang (l), Bahishta Talash (3rd secretary Afghan embassy & Marco Aguilar (COO, principal of Lang Strategies

Attendees included:  Kåre Aas, Norway’s ambassador to the U.S.; Vlora Çitaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to the U.S.; former Yemen ambassador to the U.S. Abdulwahab Al-HajjriCalifornia Rep. John Garamendi; and Gen. John Campbell (USA, Ret.), previously the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan,and vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army.

More Global Leaders Network events are scheduled in D.C. for Feb. 13, 2018 at the embassy of Finland, in April at the embassy of Australia, and in May at the embassy of Canada. 

For more information about the Global Leaders Network program, visit CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE, based in Atlanta, is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.

Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world.

 


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'Private Confessions' Celebrates Ingmar Bergman

November 28, 2017

The US Premiere of Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration will take place Wednesday, December 6 through Saturday, December 9, 2017 in the Eisenhower Theater at The Kennedy Center. A co-production between National Theater of Norway and Riksteatret, the performance is in Norwegian with projected English titles.

 

Ingmar Bergman, legendary Swedish artist directed more than 60 films and documentaries, most of which he also wrote, and directed more than 170 plays. His creations constantly navigated the boundaries of the human psyche, while at the same time exploring love, beauty, and the meaning of life in ravishing and astounding ways. This groundbreaking artist’s centennial includes exclusive opportunities to experience some of his most eminent work reimagined for the stage.

 

Bergman’s muse, celebrated Norwegian director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman's 1996 film into a stage adaptation of poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.

 

Step into a deeply personal and heartbreakingly authentic world of secrets and explore what keeping those secrets does to one’s relationships. Ingmar Bergman’s powerfully penned 1996 film of the same name delved into the deepest thoughts of his mother, which were revealed to him only after her death through the pages of her diary.

 

Ullmann, helmed the film; she now returns to direct a stage adaptation of the work, which premiered in Oslo in January 2016. The play’s powerful source material has been expanded to include the diaries Ingmar himself kept during the film’s production. The result is a poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.

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#shopsmall in Georgetown Nov. 25

November 21, 2017

Shop Georgetown on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

 

More than 300 small businesses are participating as part of American Express' Small Business Saturday and #shopsmall.

 

New this year, shoppers will also receive a Small Business Saturday bag with purchase at any of the participating small businesses, while supplies last. Ten of the bags given away on Small Business Saturday will include a golden ticket, redeemable for a $100 VISA gift card.

Check out the Small Business Saturday promotions, specials and events here.


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