Host a Breaking Bread – in person or virtual

The tradition continues

My name is Janice Eisenhauer and as co-founder of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan several decades ago, I invite you to host a Breaking Bread to build awareness and raise funds.

Breaking Bread Events, with their unique and life-affirming combination of food, friends and fundraising, have formed a vital part of our grassroots support. Our Chapters and donors have helped us raise over $8.5 million to support Afghan women and girls since our inception in 1998. The large majority of our donations come from individual donors with ongoing support from all of our chapter members and volunteers. 

Why Host a Breaking Bread?

The Breaking Bread fundraising activities are one of CW4WAfghan’s most important sources of revenue that ensure we can continue to run high quality programs.

As we gain confidence in gathering once again, we are sharing ideas for you to gather to break bread together and raise funds to support our programs .

Breaking Bread is a social experience, which we all crave after these challenging times. This means you share your passion for CW4WAfghan’s work with others while gathering to share a meal, coffee or tea.

In Person Breaking Bread Is Back

On November 20th, Denise Jamieson hosted our first in-person Breaking Bread since the start of the pandemic.

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Denise held her first BB in 2004 and has hosted many more during the last 17 years. This one was extra special for Denise. “It was the first time I have had that many people in my house at once since the pandemic started. 

Denise first learned about Breading Bread events in a Chatelaine magazine article in 2003 and has since hosted many BB events as well as volunteering as the race director for the Secret Race Marathon 3K run.

“Canadian journalist and rights activist, Sally Armstrong wrote a story about the woman who hosted the first BB in Toronto. I learned how a business woman raised $750 to pay for a teacher’s annual salary by inviting 10 people to share a potluck meal and asking each guest to contribute $75. I was very moved by this article, but at the time, as a stay at home Mom with a young family we couldn’t afford $75 and I didn’t feel I could ask friends to contribute that much money. But the article really resonated with me and about a year later I called that woman in Toronto who had created the event to ask if I could put my own spin on a Breaking Bread gathering. So instead of inviting 10 people I asked lots of people to come and to bring drinks or dessert and a contribution of any amount. In that first event, we raised over $1500 and I was so thrilled.

Years later, I met Sally Armstrong when she was in Halifax speaking at a fundraiser for a local women’s shelter that I volunteered with, and I shared this story with her.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to let her know the impact she had on me,” said Denise.

Food Brings Us Together

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Breaking Bread is an indispensible expression of Afghan identity.

Afghanistan lies on the ancient slik road, where goods, ideas and philosophies were traded, building a rich history.

Durkhanai makes Chaat Masala in her Adelaide kitchen, and you can too!

Learn what you need to make this spice blend, the foods this spice blend will enhance the flavour of, and then enjoy!

Afghan Music Playlists

Immerse yourself in the rich world of Afghan music from popular songs to traditional ballads.

Book and Brunch

Our Ottawa Chapter Hosted a Book n Brunch, and this is another great way to gather virtually, or in person. Below, we share suggested books, and a bookmark to share with your group.

Suggested Reading

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Support Afghan Women and Girls

Learn more how your donation supports our programs in Afghanistan.

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Did you know?

Click here and meet journalist and author Sally Armstrong, CW4WAfghan Board Chair Laila Rashid, Executive Director Lauryn Oates and founder Janice Eisenhauer in this live chat, where they share stories about our organization and the work we do.