This is a copy of a picture given to the Church by Steve and Rita Reading who were our link missionaries in Afghanistan. You will find the framed picture on the window sill at the front of the church ... Do have a look at it!
Born in Afghanistan in 1965, Daud is the second of four children. As a boy he mysteriously developed a love for fine art when society around him said it was not only idolatrous, but sinful and forbidden - on top of this the poverty factor also consumed so much talent in the country. His father, despite being a tailor of great renown, struggled to earn enough to pay their rent and provide food for his family. Yet he desired above all else for his children to be educated -something he was not.
Upon completing high school, Daud studied under a famous local artist whilst preparing for the Kabul University, Faculty of Art entry exam. After acceptance the four-year degree course passed quickly and Daud began to dream of a career as a professor at the Kabul University. Little did he know his dreams were about to be shattered. As the Mujahedin came into power, they forcibly closed the Faculty of Art in Kabul for allegedly "promoting anti-Islamic ideals".
Six months after graduation, Daud and his family fled to the city of Mazar-I-Sharif in northern Afghanistan as fighting increased and Kabul was destroyed. Two years later the fighting arrived in the north of Afghanistan as well, Daud along with his bride and young child fled once again - this time to Tajikistan where he opened a small roadside shop selling everyday items such as shampoo, soap, pasta and plastic bags. After six years surviving as a refugee, they were finally able to move back home.
In 2002, three months after the Taliban regime fell, Daud re-established a life in his home country with his wife and three children in Mazar-I-Sharif. They continue to live there to this day in the same home as his brother's family (three children), their older sister and both parents - 13 in total! Slowly Daud has begun to once again express himself through fine art.
He still dreams of becoming a University Professor, however there are no Art courses at the Universities in the north of Afghanistan. Without someone to represent and vouch for him in applying for a Professorial position in Kabul, the realisation of this dream does not appear imminent, however as Afghan tenacity teaches us, he has not given up the dream.
Currently Daud supports his family and purchases the necessary medications for his diabetic son by working as an illustrator and selling his artwork.
Thank you very much for all your donations. There has been a huge response from schools and businesses during the harvest season and most stocks are high at present.
Please do not donate: baked beans, tinned tomatoes or soup as these are overstocked! However toiletries (soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and toilet rolls) are much appreciated as xtras by our clients and large sized (Size 4 and 5) nappies are also in demand. The warehouse would also be grateful for heavy duty carrier bags as sometimes the lightweight supermarket bags are not strong enough to support the weight of the groceries.
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November are Tesco supermarkets annual collection days for Trussell Trust Foodbanks and our Foodbank will be manning the collection at Baldock. Volunteers will do a 2 hour session each, handing out 'shopping lists' to customers, supervising the collection point and transporting donations to the warehouse.
Having said all that, it is the churches that still supply the majority of the food that we distribute and on behalf of the Foodbank we would like to say a big 'THANK YOU' to you all for your support.
We have had a number of extra seasonal donations to add Christmas cheer to the December food parcels and small quantities of such items are welcome. We will be open on 20th and 27th December and 3rd January, but closed on 24th and 31st December. Emergency parcels can still be obtained where necessary however.
Gill Matthews. Anne King.