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Penguin Group builds a school for children in war-torn Afghanistan
Edited Press Release
Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season in the USA and we
were pleased to find that book publisher Penguin’s American division is
embracing the season of giving on a global scale. Penguin Group (USA)
announced that it has built a primary school in Afghanistan, in
partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United States
Association for UNHCR.
The school is
located in Arababshirali, roughly 150 miles from Kabul, in Kunduz
Province. The school, which recently opened its doors to 270 students,
grades one through six, is a tribute to American booksellers,
librarians, and educators who supported Khaled Hosseini's #1 New York
Times-bestselling and internationally acclaimed novels, "The Kite
Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," published by Riverhead Books.
In 2006, Khaled Hosseini was honored by the UN Refugee Agency and named
a U.S. envoy to the UNHCR. In this role, he traveled to war-torn
villages in the northern region of his native Afghanistan in 2007.
During this trip he witnessed firsthand the overwhelming desire of
Afghan people to provide an education and a better future for their
children. Now, in 2008, Penguin Group (USA) is proud to play a key role
in turning that desire into a reality.
"Changing the world can sometimes start with a single act of kindness.
Our hope is that this new school is one of those acts," said Susan Petersen Kennedy, President of
Penguin Group (USA), in a press release.
"We know that the children it serves will contribute to their world and
ours, and we wanted to help provide a place where they can learn, grow,
and dream. For us, education matters, books matter, and these children
Penguin Group (USA) is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally
renowned Penguin Group, one of the largest English-language trade book
publishers in the world. Formed in 1996 as a result of the merger
between Penguin Books USA and The Putnam Berkley Group, Penguin Group
(USA) is a leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publisher. More
information about Penguin Group is available at their website.
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