Northwest NEWS

October 7, 2002


'Unveiling Afghanistan' at Kenmore church

Suzanne Griffin will deliver a slide lecture presentation on her summer work in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the lower level of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore.
   The public is invited and church members will provide a dessert potlock starting at 7:30 p.m. for those attending. The church is located at 6211 NE 182nd St., just west of downtown Kenmore and two blocks north of Bothell Way.
   Griffin is dean of the general studies division of South Seattle Community College and was granted a paid sabbatical this summer to work with the International Rescue Committee in Afghanistan to facilitate the development of a country-wide English language training plan. She served with the U.S. Peace Corps in that country in the late 1960s, and she and her husband and two young daughters lived as Peace Corp volunteers in Iran during the first eight months of its revolution.
   Her presentation, "Unveiling Afghanistan," will offer an up-close view of the rebuilding process there with an emphasis on the educational sector. This past summer she traveled to many cities and rural areas of the country to observe classes, interview teachers and students and to meet with Afghan ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
   Her appearance in Kenmore is sponsored by Outreach and Stewardship committees of the Church of the Redeemer which has offered to assist Griffin in publicizing the need for modern textbooks so desperately needed for the education of high school and community college level students in such areas as English, engineering, health, computer science and applications, architecture and agriculture.
   A list of the type of textbooks needed is found on the church website at and persons with textbooks published within the past 10 years may drop them off either at the church in Kenmore or the Butterfly Thrift Store at 10216 NE 183rd St. in Bothell. More information on the lecture and the quest for books is available at (425) 486-3743.
   To make financial contributions in this effort, send a check to Int'l Rescue Committee, 122 E 42nd St., New York, NY 10168 - Attention Afghan Books.