Duvet Project

(updated April 2020)

Funding options are below!

The Duvet Project is an effort led by the Afghan Peace Volunteers that gives duvets to destitute families in Kabul.   It also gives women an opportunity to earn living wages for sewing duvets.  Funds for the project go towards the supplies and sewing of the duvets.

In the winter of 2019, the Afghan Peace Volunteers delivered 1500 duvets to about 750 needy families in Kabul. The Afghan Peace Volunteers continued to learn much as they conducted surveys of households before distributing the duvets. The duvets are needed especially by families who don’t have fuel to keep warm in winter. Burning plastic and other trash items have contributed to Kabul becoming one of the most polluted cities during winter over the past four years.”

Thanks to supporters, the Winter Duvet Project has been organized every winter since 2012, and a total of 21,000 duvets have been distributed.

Storage room filled with duvets
Storage room filled with duvets

 

Seamstresses bring the finished duvets
Seamstresses bring the finished duvets

 

Loading the lorry/truck
Loading the lorry/truck

 

Ghulamai and Ali deliver duvets to a home
Ghulamai and Ali deliver duvets to a home

 

Distributing duvets in a refugee camp
Distributing duvets in a refugee camp

 

Ali and Abdulhai With Synthetic Wool
Ali and Abdulhai With Synthetic Wool

 

Samia With Duvets
Samia With Duvets

 

Articles:

On Purpose, in Kabul – Kathy Kelly

Duvet Distribution January 2017

Portraits From Kabul – Carolyn Coe

Notes from Kabul

“Pandora’s Hope” meets “Afghan Action” by Mary Dobbins

The Longest War: Afghan People Face… by Kathy Kelly

In Kabul, Widows and Orphans Move Up by Kathy Kelly

From Cowley Road to Kabul to the Afghan Peace Volunteers by Susan Clarkson

Why Not Warmth in Afghan Duvets? by Dr. Linda Sartor

There. Now You Are One of Us by John Dear

Dreaming of Duvets in Afghanistan by David Smith-Ferri

Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter by Kathy Kelly

Afghan Camps Receive Winter Aid, but Officials Say It Isn’t Enough by Rod Nordland

 

There are two donation options:

  1. To donate via PayPal, click this button (but first read below):



    (*As PayPal assesses a fee of 2.9% in addition to a non-refundable 30 cent transaction surcharge, the Duvet Project will only actually receive 97.1% of your donation minus 30 cents!!  Especially if you wish to make a large donation, please consider donating by mail, as follows):
  2. To donate by mail, make a check or money order out to VCNV or Voices for Creative Nonviolence (not to the APVs) and please send to Voices at:
    1249 W Argyle St
    Chicago, IL 60640
    crucially writing Duvet Projectin the memo line, so we’ll know where to direct your donation.