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An Update from Mother Linda—February 13, 2003

I just received the exciting news that Roots of Peace has donated $250,000 to de-mine the mine-infested vineyards of the Shomali Valley north of Kabul where grapevines have flourished for thousands of years. The funds were presented to Mr. Hekmat Karzai, First Secretary of the Afghan Embassy, and nephew of President Karzai, during a series of events celebrating the ‘Eid-ul-Adha’—traditional day of peace, thanksgiving and forgiveness in the Muslim culture.

On February 12, 2003, Roots of Peace partnered with Tony and Sam Abrahim, owners of IMG Home to benefit the group’s fundraising efforts as part of this traditional Islamic holiday. The identical twin brothers, who are natives of Afghanistan, hosted an event at their San Rafael, California store, featuring Afghan music, food, and performance by the Afsaneh Ballet.

Today, Silverado Vineyards, located in the heart of the Napa Valley, will join in the celebration by hosting a private Mines to Vines luncheon hosted by owners Ron and Diane Disney Miller. The vintners are actively joining the international effort to help their fellow farmers cultivate the juicy nectar of grapes and raisins that were once a primary source of export prior to the planting of landmines. 

“This generous donation of $250,000 from the heart of the Napa Valley to the heart of the Shomali Valley will greatly contribute towards the planting of the roots of peace,” says Heidi Kuhn, Founder and President of Roots of Peace. 

Roots of Peace is a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of landmines by returning demined land to productive agricultural use. The mission is to turn minefields into prosperous farmland.  Silverado Vineyards joins leading California vintners Robert Mondavi, Beringer Wine Estates, Grgich Hills, Diageo, J Wine Company, Jordan, Wente, Gallo of Sonoma, Dry Creek Vineyard and The Wine Institute representing over 400 California wineries by replacing the scourge of landmines with the nectar of grapes in Croatia, Bosnia and now Afghanistan. By restoring the land’s economic viability, they strengthen community values and restore the sense of peace in the age-old cycle of planting, cultivating and harvesting. Roots of Peace is supported by the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State and USAID.  Donations to Roots of Peace can be made through their Web site at www.rootsofpeace.org.