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'In the distorting mirror of your mind, an angel can seem to have a devil's face.'
Hakim Sanai

Tales of the Dervishes
Read the book, for free, here:

GREAT NEWS! The @UNESCO-ISF short story contest deadline has been extended to 15 October.

Sadly, the Paris prize ceremony has been cancelled because of COVID-19.  However, the 7 gold laureate winners in the 7 ICCAR regions will receive an iPad as a prize!

Mulla Nasrudin went to see a psychiatrist. He said:
‘My trouble is that I can’t remember anything.’
‘When did this start?’ asked the doctor.
‘When did what start?’ said Nasrudin.

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Aubrey Davis

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3 weeks ago

Aubrey Davis

You've seen instructions like this almost everywhere —

"Wash your hands frequently, for at least twenty seconds each time."

Damsa could help stop a pandemic, but she can't read.

Help stop COVID-19 in Afghanistan. Help Damsa learn to read.

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4 weeks ago

Aubrey Davis

Dear Reader:

I hope you and all those you care about are staying well.

As you may remember, today, Tuesday, May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow — a day encouraging global generosity.

We here at ISHK want to encourage you to support local and global efforts to assist those in most need during this difficult time and especially to remember those working on the front lines to ensure the health and safety of us all.

ISHK continues to provide information and diversion for those sheltering in place.
The Human Journey free Social Distancing Discussion Guide:Creating The World We Want is available for download.
Hoopoe Books has free Reading Resources for Parents during School Closings, in both English and Spanish.

Other recent activities include,
Books for Refugees donated hundreds of Hoopoe books to refugee camps in Greece and on the Mexican border. These were bilingual editions in their native tongue plus the language of the country they hope to settle in. Soon there will be a website for this new program.
Books for Afghanistan printed another 36,000 Hoopoe Teaching Stories in Dari/Pashto editions and 10,000 in Shughni/Dari editions to be given to children in Afghanistan.
Share Literacy Distributed 10,100 copies of The Silly Chicken to at risk children in the US and Canada.

Your gift to ISHK will ensure that many more children will recieve the first book they have ever owned and that more people throughout the world will have the information they need to build a better future for us all once this crisis is over.

To donate, please visit



Jill Barnes
ISHK Treasurer
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