The Yellow House Jalalabad (YHJ) provides a safe space where artists from all mediums meet, work and create independently of the destructive forces that threaten their physical, psychological and spiritual being.

YHJ was established in 2011 within a walled garden in Pashtun dominated South Afghanistan not far from the Pakistan border. It is the first sanctuary of it’s kind in a region where the Taliban have targeted artists, film-makers, musicians and those who exhibit and distribute the work. The space is also a place of meditation as well as creativity enhancing the Pashtun culture by being able to create Pashtun art for the betterment of the whole community. All the artists at YHJ believe the best way to bring peace and positive social change is not with the weapons of war but with a broad range of creative media and strategies.

The YHJ is primarily driven by young Pashtun Afghan artists and has been solely funded by Dr George Gittoes AM and fellow Australian, Hellen Rose through the sale of their artworks and through Gittoes Films PtyLtd and Buraq Film PtyLtd.

The decision to turn the YHJ into a charity arose from the enthusiastic public reception at the World Conference for Artist Expression in Oslo, as many individuals and organisations offered funds to keep this courageous and successful creative centre alive.

Alloction of funds:

All funds donated will go towards maintaining and running of the YHJ. This will mean supporting worthy, self initiated creative projects from concept to completion. All pre and post production costs can be shown as is available. All funds are allocated with the approval of both Director and Treasurer.

Objectives:

A) Teaching media skills with workshops for adults and children of both sexes.

B) Taking performances and exhibitions out into the community.

C) Making films, recorded book readings and music that can be broadcast on TV, radio, on line and sold in the market place.

D) Holding successful Theatre workshops for children with a focus on girls coaching and non-gender bias.

E) Providing a ‘safe haven’ for women’s arts and philosophy groups. A ‘woman’s only’ space, as well as a space where men are invited to listen to and support women where they can interact on equal terms.

F) Provide and maintain film and editing equipment along with all the technologies needed for arts pre and post production.

As women in Pashtun society are severely deprived of many of the freedoms we take as normal, a prime objective is to provide them with opportunities for education and liberation.

The Yellow House Jalalabad is a model initiative that could be applied in other deprived and war-torn communities such as Mali, Palestine, Somalia, Rwanda and Burma. The YHJ has proven in Jalalabad it is more effective to show love and joy through the arts than to make war.

Please donate to this most effective and worthy cause via Direct Deposit to

The Yellow House Jalalabad
BSB:062 006
ACCNT:11634367
COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Some of our recent accomplishments:

– 7 Pashtun films including ‘The Simourg’ by Afghanistan’s first female Director

– Establishment of a recording studio, edit suite and cinema where both men and women can be without segregation

– The first Women’s workshop film technology with funding support from the Australian embassy in Afghanistan

– 6 radio programs

– 2 mini documentaries by women

– 1 nature video

– 1 education video

Thank you for your donations so far. Your donation will help make more of this work possible. Check out the facebook page for on going updates.

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