The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
An All Club fundraising book club will take place on Wednesday, September 20th @7pm : Location TBD
In order to find a suitable location with technical set up for this event, the last day to sign up for the All Club Book Club will be September 1.
Members are asked to donate €20 to support the FAWCO Target Project: Hope Beyond Displacement, which provides educational opportunities to women and girls living in a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. (please see bottom of this message for more information about this very important project: Hope Beyond Displacement)
You can bring cash to the event or pay directly via bank transfer to our club account below. If you're unable to attend, but would like to make a donation to this great project, you can do using information below.
IBAN: DE2150 1900 0000 0081 7074
Reference: <Name> All Club Book Club or Target
Project Donation Only
We are excited to announce that we will have a very special guest at this book club. The author, Nadia Hashimi, will virtually attend our book club via Skype and members will have the opportunity to hear firsthand the inspiration behind the book and pressing issues that are facing women and girls in their attempt to get an education.
Please contact Debbie Mazza to register, or for more information about this event and other opportunities to get involved with our parent organization FAWCO: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.
But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-aunt, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.
Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?
Hope Beyond Displacement
The FAWCO Target Project is a sustainable investment by Member Clubs to empower women and girls. Over the next two years (2017-2019), we will employ the energy and generosity of our members through The FAWCO Foundation’s Backing Women Fundraising Campaign to sponsor women's and girls’ education. Proceeds generated through these efforts will fund the FAWCO Target Project.
Building better futures through education, vocational and leadership training for refugee women and girls in Jordan is an initiative of the Collateral Repair Project designed to address the pressing issues identified in close consultation with the women they serve.
Hope Beyond Displacement seeks to address four pressing issues identified in close consultation with the women CRP serves:
- ensuring better educational support for their children
- accessing sources of income
- better managing the threat of violence in their families and
- learning and developing leadership and advocacy skills.
The project addresses these issues through targeted training and educational programs, and through tangible opportunities for advocacy and leadership. To ensure the sense of ownership and investment that will be integral for the longevity, sustainability, and success of the project, community members will be involved at every stage.
For more information please contact Debbie at