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									              Afghan Coalition
Empowering the Afghan Community, Building Bridges to
                    Afghanistan




                 ANNUAL REPORT
             Fiscal Year July 2005 – June 2006




 Afghan Coalition, 39155 Liberty Street, Suite D420, Fremont, CA94538
         Telephone: (510) 574-2180        Fax: (510) 574-2185
                      Email: Afghancoal@aol.com
                                                 Afghan Coalition Annual Report July 2006




Note from the President
The Afghan Coalition exists to serve the Afghan-American community. Since
1996 a small but growing team of highly dedicated staff and volunteers, and a
committed group of member organizations, have worked hard to achieve this
aim. Our goal is to both serve the Afghan community here in the Bay Area and
to build bridges between Afghan-Americans and Afghanistan itself.

2005-2006 has been a successful year for the Afghan Coalition, our programs
have expanded and we have been able to serve a large number of Afghan-
Americans. This report gives more details of the kind of work we have been
doing. In order for us to continue serving we rely on the continuing support of
the community both in terms of volunteer support and moral support.

Looking towards 2006-2007, it is my goal that the Afghan Coalition continues to
expand its services. Ultimately, I hope that the Afghan-American community will
become a key visible minority community in the United States. Most importantly,
the Afghan Coalition will continue to help and support those members of our
community who are most in need.

If anybody has any comments about programs and activities, please do not
hesitate to contact us.

                                                                   Waheed Momand
                                  President of the Board of the Afghan Coalition




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Contents
NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT ...............................................................................1
CONTENTS ............................................................................................................2
HISTORY AND SERVICE AREA OF THE AFGHAN COALITION ...............................3
   SERVICE AREA AND CONSTITUENCY .............................................................................. 3
   DIVERSITY ............................................................................................................ 4
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE AFGHAN COALITION ............................4
   LEADERSHIP........................................................................................................... 4
   PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS ........................................................................ 5
   ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE .................................................................................... 5
   NETWORKING/COLLABORATION ................................................................................... 5
   ORGANIZATION ROLE ............................................................................................... 6
   ADVOCACY ............................................................................................................ 6
AFGHAN COALITION ACTIVITIES: 07/05 – 06/06 ..............................................7
   AFGHAN HEALTH PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (AHPP) ........................................................... 7
   INTERFAITH PROGRAM .............................................................................................. 8
   ENGLISH CLASS ...................................................................................................... 8
   WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP ........................................................................................ 8
   YOUTH TUTORING ................................................................................................... 8
   ISLAND OF ANIMALS ................................................................................................. 9
   LEMAR-TV............................................................................................................. 9
NUMBERS SERVED: 07/05 – 06/06 .....................................................................9
APPENDIX A: ACCOUNTS 07/05 – 06/06...........................................................10




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History and Service Area of the Afghan Coalition
Formed in 1996, the Afghan Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-
based umbrella organization, supporting the following 11 organizations:
             Afghan Women’s Association International
             Society of Afghan Professionals
             Afghan Cultural Society
             Institute of Afghan Studies
             Afghan Friends Network
             Lemar-TV
             Afghan Journal
             Women’s Radio
             Afghan Students’ Association of UC Berkeley
             Afghan-American Entertainment Association
             Afghan Domestic Violence Prevention Association

The Afghan Coalition uses both professional staff and a large active corps
of volunteers to provide social services, including mental health support, to
approximately 1,000 clients per year, particularly women and youth. The
Coalition has been particularly successful in mobilizing Afghan women as
volunteers, which is a significant accomplishment in a community with little
history of volunteerism.

The Afghan Coalition is located at the Fremont Resource Center in
Southern Alameda County, California, where bilingual/bicultural workers
bridge the language and cultural gap between our clients and social
service providers, giving Afghan families unprecedented access to
community resources. The Afghan Coalition provides clients with direct
social services such as counseling, crisis intervention, women’s support
groups, translation, information and referral, youth leadership
development, cultural celebrations and community events.

Service Area and Constituency
According to the US Census 20001 there are 25,000 people born in
Afghanistan living in California, of which 8,000 are living in Alameda
County. Most Afghans agree that this is a huge underestimate. The main
reason for this is that the census does not record Afghan children born in
the US as Afghan. More generally, refugees and immigrants are under-

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represented in nationwide surveys such as censuses. Also, since the
Census 2000, new arrivals, in particular widows, have been accepted as
refugees. The actual numbers are not known but most Afghan-Americans
agree that the Bay Area is home to the largest Afghan community in the
US.

The majority of the Afghan Coalition’s clients are living in the East Bay
cities of Fremont, Hayward, Union City, and Newark. However, the Afghan
Coalition also provides services to Afghans throughout the Bay Area
including, Oakland, San Jose, Tracy, Sacramento etc. In some cases the
Afghan Coalition’s activities are national or international in scope.

Diversity
Although the Afghan Coalition's primary service population is the Afghan
community, because of our multilingual capacity we also serve Pakistani,
Arab, Indian and Iranian refugees and immigrants as well.

Community members of many races and ethnicities are involved in the
work of the Coalition by organizing community events and activities,
electing local Afghan representatives to national and international
delegations, determining community priorities, and participating in
meetings with public officials, among other activities. The Afghan Coalition
does not prioritize any particular ethnic or religious group.

Organizational Structure of the Afghan Coalition
Leadership
The Executive Director of the Afghan Coalition is Rona Popal. Ms. Popal is
a recognized community leader and
champion of Afghan women’s rights locally,
nationally and internationally. She has
represented the northern California Afghan
community in international conferences
and summits and had the honor of serving
as the Northwest United States delegate to
the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan. A tireless

community organizer and outspoken             Rona Popal at the Loya Jirga, Afghanistan
proponent of civil liberties and human
rights, Ms. Popal was voted International Woman of the Year by the Silicon
Valley Women’s Organization in 2002.

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Professional Staff and Volunteers
In addition to Rona Popal 4 other professional staff members are
employed directly by the Afghan Coalition: Dr. Suraya Nessari, Sohaila
Azimi, Seema Faizi and Mizgon Zahir. Dr. Suraya Nessari was a medical
doctor in Afghanistan and is now a Health Navigator for the Afghan Health
Partnership Program (AHPP). Sohaila Azimi was a community nurse and is
now co-directs the AHPP with Mizgon Zahir. Mizgon has now moved to
New York to do a Master’s degree in journalism but maintains an active
consultancy role in the AHPP. Seema Faizi worked for Save the Children in
Pakistan and is now Office Manager for the Afghan Coalition and Health
Navigator for the AHPP.

In addition to the work of the salaried staff the Afghan Coalition could not
survive without the time and commitment of countless numbers of
volunteers. There are too many volunteers to list them all here but our
sincere thanks go to all of them – you know who you are!

Organizational Structure
The Board of the Afghan Coalition represents its member agencies, is
volunteer-based, has its own leadership structure, and carries out activities
related to its own mission and constituency. The responsibilities of the
board are: financial oversight; determining coalition policies; and general
programmatic and strategic direction. The Board meets once every other
month.

The current board members are:
         Waheed Momand President
         Taiba Hosseini Treasurer
         Teri Lindgren Secretary
         Rona Popal, Farid Younos, Pat Lynch, Ilham Hoseini, Dr.
          Roashan, Ahmad Shah Alam, Rahima Haya, Dr. Safa, Habib
          Zargi, Fareed Wardak, Carol Ruth Silver, Mizgon Zahir and Bruce
          Green.

Networking/Collaboration
The Afghan Coalition is experienced in carrying out community-wide
educational programs and collaborative advocacy/community organizing
projects. The agency has worked in collaboration with multiple service
organizations and is involved in several large collaboratives that involve
joint planning, budgeting, and reporting.         The Afghan Coalition

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collaborates with both Afghan and non-Afghan organizations, working in
the US and in Afghanistan.

Organization Role
The Coalition also plays a central role in organizing and advocating on
behalf of the Afghan community. In response to local and world events
following September 11th, the agency has organized dozens of community
events, press conferences, workshops and conferences, engaging
thousands of community members in dialog about civil liberties, hate
crimes, relationships between the Afghan and non-Afghan community,
conflicts within the local Afghan community, local involvement in the
reconstruction of Afghanistan, and Afghan history and culture. The Afghan
Coalition has been thrust into the spotlight both locally and internationally
as a voice for local Afghan-Americans; an advocate for Afghans with local
schools, agencies, and institutions; and an organizer of local Afghan-
Americans to engage them in contributing both their skills and resources to
post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Although the events following September 11th have added to our portfolio
of activities it is our direct social services to the local community that
remain our priority and are essential to our standing in the community.
Through California Endowment funding we have been able to greatly
expand the scope of this area of our work through the Afghan Health
Partnership Program. However our California Endowment funding ends
this Fall and consequently, it is essential that we achieve further funding in
order to continue our programs.

Advocacy
Another key aspect of our work is our advocacy role. Through our Afghan
Health Partnership Program and our Interfaith programs we have
advocated on behalf of the Afghan community to local healthcare
providers and the local Christian community, respectively. We have also
represented the Afghan community at national and international events.
In addition, the Afghan Coalition acts as an entry point for journalists and
researchers interested in learning more about Afghanistan and the Afghan
community in the US.




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Afghan Coalition Activities: 07/05 – 06/06
Afghan Health Partnership Program (AHPP)
This is the Afghan Coalition’s largest program. Through this project our
Health Navigators assist clients with limited English to access healthcare
and insurance, by helping with the scheduling of appointments,
paperwork, and where necessary accompanying clients to appointments.
The Health Navigators also act as key workers for individual clients,
managing the 150 clients who have ongoing case management as part of
the AHPP.

As the graph below shows the vast majority of AHPP clients have seen an
improvement either in their health and/or in their ability to access
healthcare through the assistance of the AHPP.

                  Health and Healthcare Access Improvement


                                               Improved health

                                                                     Improved
                                                                  transportation
                        Better doctors                               Helped with
                          accessed                                   paperwork




      No
                         Yes


                                                                     Other
                                                                 improvements




An integral part of the AHPP’s program has been the Health Consortium
meetings held at least quarterly. These meetings bring together AHPP
staff, clients, and local healthcare providers and provide an opportunity to
work together to improve the health of the Afghan community. These
meetings have been a great resource for AHPP staff and clients, as an
occasion to talk in depth with healthcare providers about the services
provided by the American healthcare system. Perhaps more importantly,
these meetings have enabled healthcare providers to learn more about the

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specific needs of the Afghan community and how to improve their cultural
competency in treating clients with a different cultural background to their
own.

Interfaith Program
In order to try and counter prejudices against
the Muslim community and to improve relations
with our neighbors, the Afghan Coalition, in
collaboration with the Bridge Building Project,
has organized a 6-month program of interfaith
meetings. These meetings have helped to
educate both the local Christian and Muslim
communities in matters of tolerance and understanding of other religions.

English Class
In a first for the Afghan Coalition, this year we have been
                     offering English classes specifically
                     designed for Dari and Pashto speakers.
                     Using two teachers, one native English-
                     speaker and an Afghan teacher who
                     speaks Dari and Pashto, we have been
teaching a small group in a workshop style lesson. This is an ongoing
activity that takes place weekly.

Women’s Support Group
                                This is an ongoing project that provides a
                                safe space for women to meet and
                                discuss the issues and problems they face
                                in adapting to life in the US, bringing up
                                children in an environment they are not
                                familiar with, and coping with life after
                                conflict. The women provide mutual
                                social support and also sometimes
undertake sewing and other craft projects.

Youth Tutoring
The Afghan Coalition has linked Afghan youth in need of academic support
with volunteer tutors for one-to-one mentoring. This program has been
extremely successful for the small number of youth involved, with
demonstrable results such as improvement in grades. However, due to a


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lack of volunteers we can currently only assist a small number. We are
actively seeking volunteer tutors to expand this program.

Island of Animals
Island of Animals, a theatrical performance produced by
Golden Thread Productions and Ballet Afsaneh, in
collaboration with the Afghan Coalition, played for three
nights to delighted audiences in Fremont. Island of Animals
is based on a famous Islamic fable by Ikhwan al-Safa and the
Afghan Coalition was happy to be involved in promoting
Middle-Eastern storytelling in the US. Many people from the Afghan
community attended and we hope that it will encourage Afghans,
especially youth, to become involved in the performing arts. This project
was successfully completed with performances in San Francisco and
Fremont. Hopefully we can continue to promote the performing arts in our
community.

Lemar-TV
Produced by the Afghan Coalition, Lemar-TV is a community channel
                        educating and promoting cross-cultural dialogue in
                        the Bay Area. The programming is a mixture of
                        entertainment,       news     and     educational
                        programming.      Using Lemar-TV, the Afghan
                        Coalition has been able to broadcast its educational
                        workshops to a much wider audience. This is
especially important in a community where some do not have adequate
transport to attend such events.

Numbers Served: 07/05 – 06/06
Type of Activity                      Numbers Served*
Religious and Cultural Celebrations               571
Community Meetings                                467
Educational Workshops                             381
Entertainment                                     349
AHPP Case Management                              150
Social Support Groups                              26
*   People attending more than one event may be counted more than once.




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Appendix A: Accounts 07/05 – 06/06

Source of Revenue                             Amount
The California Endowment                       $143,295
Christensen Fund                                $50,000
Indirect Cost Revenue                           $28,108
City of Fremont                                 $24,985
Service Fees – Lemar-TV                         $14,765
East Bay Community Foundation                   $14,000
Z Auto Donation                                  $5,000
Private Donations                                  $450
Total Revenue                                  $280,604

Type of Expense                                 Cost
          2
Personnel                                      $118,999
                    3
Program Expenses                                $98,876
                 4
Office Overheads                                $40,466
                  5
Professional Fees                               $34,377
           6
Assistance                                      $25,345
Total Expense                                  $317,963

                                              Balance
Total Revenue–Total Expense                    - $37,359



            Breakdown of Expenses: 07/05 - 06/06                                Sources of Revenue: 07/05 - 06/06

                                                                              East Bay      Z Auto         Private
                                                                             Community     Donation       Donations
                      Assistance
                                                                             Foundation
       Professional                                                Service Fees
           fees                                                     Lemar-TV
                                                   Personnel              City of                                     The California
                                                                         Fremont                                       Endowment

      Office
                                                                    Indirect Cost
    Overheads
                                                                      Revenue




                                                                            Christensen
            Program                                                            Fund
           expenses




2
  Includes, staff salaries, and training.
3
  Expenses directly associated with our projects and programs.
4
  Includes, rent, stationery, postal, equipment rental, insurance, taxes, and licences.
5
  Accountant, legal support, and evaluation fees.
6
  Assistance to visiting speakers etc.

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