The community is invited to an event on Thursday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. to learn about the successes and the continuing needs of the women and children of Afghanistan. The gathering is free to attend and will be held at Fine Rugs of Charleston, located at 1523 Meeting Street. Guests will enjoy music and a casual reception followed by a presentation. Light refreshments will be provided by Fork Gourmet Catering.

Featured guests include Connie Duckworth, the founder of Arzu Studio Hope. Arzu is a non-profit organization that provides Afghan rug weavers with a steady income and access to education and healthcare by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave to customers, mainly in the US.

Connie Duckworth chatting with children at teh Arzu Studio Hope Family Health Center in Bamyan, Afghanistan. The center is funded through sales of Arzu rugs at stores like Fine Rugs of Charleston.

Connie Duckworth chatting with children at the Arzu Studio Hope Family Health Center in Bamyan, Afghanistan. The center is funded through sales of Arzu rugs at stores like Fine Rugs of Charleston.

Duckworth will introduce a new collection of Afghan made carpets that were designed by legendary architects. Proceeds from the rugs will benefit Arzu’s mission to improve the living conditions for the women and children of Afghanistan.

A family in Bamyan, Afghanistan weaving a rug designed by famous architect Frank Gehry.  The rugs are designed in commercial projects and support Arzu's programs to support Afghan families.

A family in Bamyan, Afghanistan weaving a rug designed by famous architect Frank Gehry. The rugs are designed in commercial projects and benefit Arzu’s programs to support Afghan families.

Arzu weavers in Bamyan, Afghanistan weaving a rug designed by famous architect Michael Graves. Proceeds benefit Arzu's programs to support Afghan women and children..

Arzu weavers in Bamyan, Afghanistan weaving a rug designed by famous architect Michael Graves.

“Much of my work outside of my showroom is dedicated to improving the lives of the Afghan people,” says Fine Rugs of Charleston owner Rob Leahy. “The business of making rugs touches the lives of almost 20% of the Afghan people, and the majority of the country’s weavers are women. Sustaining this business is critical to the country’s success.”

Rob Leahy in Dehdadi, Afghanistan after meeting with tribal elders in 2012.  The meeting was to discuss a wool washing center being built in the village to assist the local carpet weaving trade.

Rob Leahy in Dehdadi, Afghanistan after meeting with tribal elders in 2012. The meeting was to discuss a wool washing center being built in the village to assist the local carpet weaving trade.

Those who attend the event will also learn about an initiative help create Afghanistan’s future women leaders through education and career guidance. In addition, author Qais Akbar Omar will talk about his new book, “A Fort of Nine Towers”, a poetic, terrifying and sometimes funny memoir about growing up in Kabul between the Soviet Army’s exit and the Taliban’s retreat.

Leahy hopes the event will raise money, but especially awareness. He says, “I wanted to host this event to show the community what can be done now, here at home, to give lasting support to women and children in Afghanistan.”

For more information about the event to benefit the women and children of Afghanistan, contact Rob Leahy at 843.577.3386 or info@finerugsofcharleston.com

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