In person Breaking Bread is back: 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.
Why Host a Breaking Bread?
Breaking Bread fundraising activities are one of CW4WAfghan’s most important sources of revenue that ensure we can continue to run high quality programs. Click the slide show below to see the variety of Breaking Bread activities hosted by Chapters and supporters.
Host Friends or Family
Breaking Bread is about gathering. It is about sharing. Consider raising awareness and funds in one of these ways:
- Potlucks: asking everyone to bring a dish is a traditional Breaking Bread
- A themed coffee or tea
- Bake Sale
- Birthday party: whether your birthday, or someone else’s invite friends or family to celebrate and use the time to build awareness about the challenges secondary school girls face in Afghanistan
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.
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.
Food Brings Us Together
Ideas for recipes, music, and activities you might consider when planning your Breaking Bread activity.
Afghan Music Playlists
Book and Brunch
Our Ottawa Chapter Hosted a Book n Brunch, and this is another great way to gather virtually, or in person. Click each image for summaries of the books, and book club discussion questions for Dancing in the Mosque.