Dr. Bahiyyih Nakhjavani is the guest speaker at the Dinner and Discourse event next Wednesday

The acclaimed international author Dr. Bahiyyih Nakhjavani will be the special guest at the upcoming fundraising dinner and talk on social issues of migration which will take place next Wednesday 17th May at Fego Caffe, an Italian restaurant on St. John’s Wood High Street, London.

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Two charities, Persia Educational Foundation and Action for Refugees in Lewisham, are collaborating to host this unmissable event, as part of the Persia Educational Foundation’s Dinner and Discourse Series for Women of Excellence which provide networking and discussion with women who aspire for excellence in their fields and display a pioneering spirit in service to their community.

During this month’s initiative, the Iranian writer Dr. Nakhjavani will be the outstanding speaker launching her new book “Us & Them” on the subject of immigration.

In this novel, that features the same title of one song by the English rock band Pink Floyd and shares with it the theme of the war, Lili and Goli compete for the place where their mother should live since the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution. She is waiting for her son to come back from the Iran-Iraq war and has some financial problems, but they keep sending her between Paris and Los Angeles.

This is a topical issue, following Trump’s executive orders, the war threat of our time and human migrations.

The bestsellers’ writer Nakhjavani has lived between Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Belgium where in 2007 received the Doctorats Honoris Causa from the University of Liège. Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, Russian, and Korean. She now lives in France.

Her other most successful novels include ‘The Saddlebag – A Fable for Doubters and Seekers’ and ‘The Woman Who Read Too Much’.

The funds raised during this charitable night will be addressed to both organisations’ services and split equally.

Persia advances education in Persian-speaking communities. Tahirih Danesh, the managing director of Persia Educational foundation states “more and more of us are forced into immigration. The only way forward is to understand its roots and engage in its process so that we all benefit from this inevitable phenomenon that shapes this juncture more than any other in human history.”

Funds raised by Action for Refugees in Lewisham will be used towards setting up their Helping Hands food bank, providing relief for those most in need, as well as Persia’s Girl Child Education Fund.

“AFRIL have assisted over 1,000 people each year to settle in the local community and rebuild their lives,” said Kate C. Hashemi, Fundraising intern who organised the event.

However, even after years of residence in Lewisham, it is difficult for some of them to maintain friendships and interaction with the local indigenous population because of their limited English: “Because of this, we now provide English language classes to 24 students with an attached creche to assist with childcare during their lessons. We have also reopened our advice centre to inform our clients on issues such as welfare benefits, housing, employment, health, and immigration.”

In addition to this, we also run a supplementary Saturday school called ‘Rainbow Club’, a parents forum, yoga class, and a food distribution scheme and client grants.”

The minimum donation permitted is 65£ (45£ for students) payable via bank transfer to HSBC Persia Educational Foundation, Account Number 11404040, sort code 400609. The amount includes a three-course dinner with a menu selection, drinks, and a gift bag. To donate or purchase your tickets please email: info@persia.education.

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