Healing Afghanistan Book Cover

Healing Afghanistan focuses on the model school and orphanage, House of Flowers, in Kabul, the only Montessori school in Afghanistan.

“This book, Healing Afghanistan, contains the faces and stories of a small number of the people and children who represent the dazzling spirit of this country. Afghanistan will survive its crisis; it always has. This time,if more care is provided for its children, it might be a brighter future.”
from the foreword by Mostafa Vaziri, M.D., Ph.D.

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Judy Duchesne-Peckham, photographer, is an award winning graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, an educator, and a long-time social activist whose teaching and documentary work encompasses more than 25 years and 5 continents. She first visited and photographed at the House of Flowers orphanage and school in Afghanistan in 2003.

Mostafa Vaziri, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. As a volunteer physician in Nepal, Afghanistan and Africa, Dr. Vaziri developed the international Medical, Educational and Peace Organization (MEPO) and is the founder of the House of Flowers orphanage and school.

Allison Lide has a long-established career in education in both the U.S. and abroad. In Afghanistan, she worked with the Ministry of Education and in Nepal with the Peace Corps. In 2003, she founded the Montessori program at the House of Flowers orphanage and school.

Casi Kushel, M.S., L.M.F.T., is an educator and family therapist with more than 30 years of experience specializing in diversity, intergenerational immigration issues, international and trans-racial adoption, and trauma relief work. In Afghanistan, she worked with post-traumatic stress reduction with children in both government orphanages and at the House of Flowers.

Dr. Inayatullah Mujaddiddi, Mr. Amanullah Nasrat, and Mr. Fahim Abrahimi have been essential partners in running the House of Flowers for the past 10 years. Dr. Inayatullah is the House administrator. Mr. Nasrat is the chair of the NGO HEWAD, a partner with House of Flowers. Mr. Fahim continues to work at the House as a staff member. He is also a former teacher at the House and a beloved adopted uncle to the children who live there.

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
  —Maria Montessori

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Details: Non-fiction Book
9” x 11” Hardcover with Dust Jacket,
128 pages,
92 color and B/W photographs

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Judy Duchesne-Peckham
5016 Oak Ridge Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

100% of profits from book sales will benefit the House of Flowers, Montessori school/orphanage, in Kabul, Afghanistan

For updates and further information on House of Flowers, please consult http://www.mepoonline.org

Judy Duchesne-Peckham visiting with House of Flowers children.

Judy Duchesne-Peckham visiting with House of Flowers children.