Boulder Dushanbe Relief Fund

Helping the People of Tajikistan Through the
Harsh Winter of 2007/2008

"I have to believe that if the people of Boulder knew what the people of Dushanbe were going through
right now, they would open their hearts, and their wallets."
- Anne P. Mitchell, Organizer, Dushanbe Relief

Thank you, everybody, who supported our efforts! Thanks to you we raised over $14,000 to buy food for the people of Tajikistan!

The country of Tajikistan - and its capital Dushanbe - are in the grips of one of the harshest winters in decades. News reports of food and fuel shortages abound, as do global appeals for aid.

According to the United Nations, the cold is so severe that the country's hydroelectric power stations can barely produce any electricity or heat. The people of Dushanbe are suffering at least half of every day - during what is being called "the worst winter in living memory" - with no heat at all. In other parts of Tajikistan it's even worse. The U.N. also estimates that at least 260,000 people are currently without adequate food.

Radio Free Europe reports that "Newborn babies, infants, and the elderly are suffering most. Doctors and nurses in maternity wards deliver babies by candlelight in dark, freezing rooms. According to official figures, 232 newborn babies died in maternity wards last month," and "More than half a million Tajiks are estimated to be food-insecure, while at least 260,000 need immediate food aid."

In short, the people of Tajikistan are starving and freezing.

Boulder, Colorado, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan, share a special and unique bond.


The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, donated by the people of Dushanbe to the people of Boulder

Boulder and Dushanbe are sister cities, and in 1987 the people of Dushanbe decided that they would build a traditional, handcrafted Tajik teahouse as a gift to the people of Boulder.

Over the course of the next three years, the teahouse was built by hand, with contributions from artisans all over Tajikistan. The teahouse was then carefully packed and shipped to Boulder in pieces, where it was assembled, and is now known to thousands as the much beloved Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

In exchange, Boulder is building a Boulder-style cyber cafe for the city of Dushanbe. This cafe will be a model of many different green construction techniques, giving Dushanbe not only a cyber cafe, but a living model of new energy-saving construction techniques.

But right now the people of Dushanbe - the people who so generously gave us the beautiful teahouse, and who have proudly been Boulder's sister city for more than 25 years - need something much more immediate. Something much more urgent.

They are starving.

They need food.



Download, Print and Distribute our beautiful poster, created and donated by the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, to get the word out!

Boulder Dushanbe Relief is working with the United Nations World Food Programme, who is working directly in Tajikistan to get food to the people there. All donations through Boulder Dushanbe Relief will go to the World Food Programme to provide food to the people in Tajikistan.

Boulder Dushanbe Relief is holding a variety of fundraising activities and events for the weeks leading up to the festival of Navruz, which the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse will observe this year with a benefit dinner and silent auction!

*Merchants and Corporate Donors! Donate something to our silent auction or for us to include for our premium package Gala Dinner ticket holders, or participate in our "Week of Navruz" by holding your own activities, sales, or specials and donating a portion of your proceeds generated during the week of March 10 - 16 to Boulder Dushanbe Relief! Contact us at [email protected] to donate or to get your event listed on this site!

  "I wish you all the best and the success with your generous initiative to benefit the people of Tajikistan and a special thanks from the WFP office in Tajikistan on your efforts."
- Zlatan Milisic, WFP Country Director in Tajikistan


List of Events to Send Food to Tajikistan

Sunday, March 16

  • Sunday Brunch at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse - Proceeds go directly to purchase food for the people of Tajikistan
  • Benefit Navruz Dinner and Silent Auction at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
  • Check out these silent auction items you could win!
    Autographed Bela Fleck CD   Autographed Anne Fadiman Book   10 Free Lattes
    Autographed Guy Kawasaki Book   Membership to the Workout Studio
    Tea Leaf Reading   One of a Kind Handmade Fairy Doll by Artist Sara Martinelli
    Gift Certificates to Aji, Leaf, The Dushanbe Teahouse, and The Huckleberry
    And much, much more!

    Tickets for the Navruz fund raising dinner are $50.00 for the standard package (dinner, entertainment, opportunity to participate in the silent auction), and $97.00 for the premium package. Proceeds are used to place food directly into the hands of the people of Tajikistan, in cooperation with the United Nations World Food Programme.

    The premium package includes dinner, entertainment, the opportunity to participate in the silent auction, and a premium gift package valued at more than $215.00, and including an exclusive Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Friendship Tea basket, a free month's membership at The Workout Studio, a discount gift card good at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and all of its sister restaurants (Leaf, Aji, and The Huckleberry), and a year membership to Inspire Me Today.

    To purchase tickets for the Boulder Teahouse Dushanbe Relief Navruz Benefit dinner, click on one of the links below. Be sure to include the number of tickets you wish to purchase, the amount of any additional donation you'd like to make (all proceeds go directly to purchase food for the people of Tajikistan) and a phone number at which a Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse staff member can call you to confirm and finalize your order.

    Purchase Premium Package Tickets Now!      Purchase Standard Package Tickets Now!


    Current Items in Our Silent Auction for Dushanbe Relief:
    Want to bid on an item? Come to our benefit dinner on March 16th! See above for tickets!

    - Autographed copy of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (Donation courtesy of Anne Fadiman) - Autographed copy of book by Guy Kawasaki (Donation courtesy of Guy Kawasaki)
    - Autographed CD from Bela Fleck (Donation courtesy of Bela Fleck) - One dozen free lattes from Ozo Coffeehouse, Boulder (Donation courtesy of Ozo Coffee House)
    - One hour photo portrait session from Photo-Mia, at a location to be arranged with the winning bidder, and including one 8x10 or 8x12 black and white or color print. (Donation courtesy Photo-Mia Portrait Studio) - The Next Internet Millionaire Secret Classroom DVD Set (Donation courtesy Joel Comm)
    - Remote Computer Security Consulting with expert Bennett Haselton Tea Leaf Reading session with Boulder occult author, Carolina de Silva.
    - Two month membership and personal training session at The Workout Studio, Boulder (Donation courtesy of The Workout Studio)   - Funky Fairy Handmade Art Doll by artist Sara Martinelli (Donation courtesy of Sara Martinelli)
    - $50.00 Gift Certificate from Boulder Teahouse (Donation courtesy of the Boulder Teahouse) - $50 Gift Certificate from Aji Latin American Restaurant (Donation courtesy of Aji Latin American Restaurant)
    - $50 Gift Certificate from Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant (Donation courtesy of Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant) - $30 Gift Certificate from The Huckleberry Restaurant (Donation courtesy The Huckleberry Restaurant)
    - Tea Time Gift Basket from the Boulder Tea Company (Donation courtesy the Boulder Tea Company)
    - $25 Gift Certificate from Med Mediterranean Restaurant (Donation courtesy Med Mediterranean Restaurant - $25 Gift Certificate from Brasserie Ten Ten (Donation courtesy of Brasserie Ten Ten
    - One Italian class with head of Denver University Italian Department - $25 Gift Certificate from Pasta Jay's (Donation Courtesy Pasta Jay's)


    Your donation to the Boulder Dushanbe Relief Fund is a tax deductible charitable donation.

    The people of Dushanbe did a beautiful thing for the people of Boulder. Now it's our turn to return the favour.


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    The Boulder Dushanbe Relief Fund Drive is a joint fund raising relief effort supported by the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, the Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities organization, and the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy.

    If your company or organization would like to assist in the Boulder Dushanbe Relief fund raising efforts, please contact us at [email protected]


    The following businesses and organizations have provided generous contributions to the Boulder Dushanbe Relief Fund:

    The Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy
    Ask Dave & Intuitive Systems
    The Workout Studio
    Guy Kawasaki
    Anne Fadiman


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    The following individuals have provided generous contributions to the Boulder Dushanbe Relief Fund:

    Derek Scruggs
    The Broyzna Family
    Sophia Stoller


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