Zarif Design fundraising campaign - a magical evening of music, poetry, art and culture

Diane von Furstenberg and Deepak Chopra invited us as host committees to celebrate Zarif Design, the courage and resilience of Afghan women.

Deepak Chopra
Diane von Furstenberg and Deepak Chopra in conversation with Zolaykha Sherzad, the founder of Zarif Design. Moderated by Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International and Co-Founder of Daughters for Earth.
Deepak Chopra

 Deepak Chopra 

Musical performance by Meghan Kabir, with Mehrnam Rastegari on kamancheh
Sufi whirling dance by Lale Sayoko, with Mehrnam Rastegari and Mehdi Darwishi on Daf


The current crisis in Afghanistan has had a devastating impact on every sector of society. The Chopra Foundation started an emergency relief for artisans and their families in Afghanistan.

Please click this link to donate.

100% of the funds raised through this GoFundMe, will go towards supporting Zarif Design, a social enterprise based in Kabul, that empowers Afghan weavers, embroiderers, and tailors towards economic sustainability through their use of traditional skills and materials. 

Watch the full conversation here: Afghan Artisan's Emergency Relief Conversation: Deepak Chopra, MD | Zolaykha Sherzad | Rina Amiri | Gabriella Wright

Zarif’s workshops create a safe environment where women and men work side by side. The group of dedicated artisans have used their talents to promote the beauty and positive image of a country usually depicted for its violence and misery. Thus, dignity, confidence, and cultural identity thrive.

Zarif persisted through 15 years of conflicts and instability. As a social enterprise, it has never missed a month of payment for its team. Social and cultural goals were met by organizing events and sales, both locally and internationally, with the generous support of volunteers.

It’s time for us to connect with each other, locally and globally. We hope you can join us and support Zarif, a company that combines both art and culture in its clothing, a design studio that has consistently produced a positive message out of a troubled part of the world.

Your support enables them to shape a positive future and keep their talented team of artisans out of poverty. Allow these hardworking women and men a chance to keep honing their craft and furthering their message of hope and health in these difficult times.

For more information about Zarif Design, please click this link to view their website.