Temple B'rith Kodesh has graciously agreed to host our annual fundraising dinner. Please pencil in your calendars May 11, 2022 from 6-9 p.m. Details regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities are forthcoming.
INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISER EVENTS
If you would like to host a virtual fundraising event or a birthday fundraiser through your social media platforms please contact Ellen@KeepingOurPromise.orgto get started or click on the link below.
WXXI Radio We begin the first hour with breaking news from Afghanistan, where sources say 13 people were killed in an explosion at the Kabul airport. We're joined by Ellen Smith, executive director of Keeping Our Promise. The organization helps Afghan interpreters who served the U.S. military come to the U.S. on Special Immigrant Visas.
Smith weighs in on the situation in Afghanistan and the state of the evacuation. Our guest:
Ellen Smith, executive director of Keeping Our Promise
WXXI Radio discusses images and videos of Afghans desperate to flee the country after the Taliban's takeover have been circulating the internet. Afghans now living in Rochester have family trapped in in Afghanistan.
We hear from two Afghans who came to the U.S. on Special Immigrant Visas. They've been working with the local nonprofit organization, Keeping Our Promise, to try to help their family members escape. Our guests weigh in on the situation in Afghanistan:
Ellen Smith, executive director of Keeping Our Promise Najiba, Afghanistan native who came to the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa Walid Omid Habibi, Afghanistan native who came to the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa after serving the U.S. military as an interpreter
WXXI Radio discusses the new CBS show "United States of Al." Joining Evan are KOP Executive Director Ellen Smith; Veterans for American Ideals Chris Purdy; SIVs Jamil Haidari and Samim Rahimi. The new CBS sitcom called "The United States of Al" tells the story of an Afghan interpreter who is reunited with a Marine veteran in the U.S. after escaping the Taliban. It's a familiar story – and an often long and painful process – for interpreters who come to America on Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) after serving with the U.S. military. Even before it aired, the show's premise was under fire.
WXXI Radio Shares the stories of Afghan Natives who served alongside US Troops In Afghanistan.
On this Veterans Day, we hear the remarkable stories and sacrifices of three Afghan natives who served alongside US troops in Afghanistan as interpreters. Their lives were threatened by the Taliban, and after great personal risk, they came to Rochester on Special Immigrant Visas. They share their stories. Our guests:
Hanif Frotan, Afghanistan native who served alongside U.S. troops as an interpreter
Tamim Azizi, Afghanistan native who served alongside U.S. troops as an interpreter
Sami Skander, Afghanistan native who served alongside U.S. troops as an interpreter
Ellen Smith, director of Keeping Our Promise
Tune in on AM Radio 1370 or FM 88.5. You can also listen on your computer by going to www.xxinews.org.
Saturday - OCTOBER 3, 2020: Zoom Community Discussion on The Interpreters
Thank you to all who participated in our Zoom Community Discussion on the Emmy nominated documentary, The Interpreters, directed by Andrès Caballero and Sofian Khan.
A special thank you to Hanif, who just arrived here in Rochester, for sharing the harrowing story of his 5 year journey to resettle in the United States, as well as Mujtaba for giving us an update on how his life has been since the end of the filming of this documentary which highlights his arrival in Rochester. We are so grateful that they have chosen to make Rochester their home!
If you have not yet had a chance to watch The Interpreters, it is available on Amazon Prime free with a Prime membership.
Tuesday - MARCH 10, 2020: Connections with Evan Dawson
WXXI Radio and Keeping Our Promise Honors SIV Women on the Evan Dawson Show: 12 PM - 1 PM. Tune in on AM Radio 1370, or FM 88.5. You can also listen on your computer by going to www.wxxinews.org and click on the arrow to listen live!
Monday - NOV 11, 2019: Connections with Evan Dawson. If you missed us on Connections with Evan Dawson with Mujtaba Haidar and Javayd Samadie talking about the SIV program and coming to America, you can listen to the 53 minute show at the WXXI Program Link below.