The Nooristan Foundation

We have so much in America that we take for granted. That’s why I believe in giving to charity. One of the causes I hold near and dear to me is The Nooristan Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1999 that supports health care, vocational training programs and education for women and children in Afghanistan.

Here are some pictures from the Foundation’s annual galas over the past few years wearing some traditional Afghan clothes:

 

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with sisters, mom & IMF director Madame Christine Lagarde

 

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with my hubby Kaiser

 

Our Babymoon

I did not enjoy being pregnant. Feeling sick, tired, heavy was not fun. The only joy was knowing my little one was going to join us in the world soon.  I didn’t get out much the last trimester because it was December – February in NYC. It was cold, dreary and suffocating. Thankfully, before I entered my last trimester, we went on a babymoon cruise to the Bahamas in November 2010 for some fun and R&R. I’m not sure I would fly again that late in a pregnancy again. On the flight to Miami, I felt Braxton Hick contractions and wanted nothing more than to lie in bed with my legs wrapped around my pregnancy pillow. When we got on the boat, there were waves in the ocean that caused the boat to rock back and forth the first night for hours. You can say that Kaiser and I were not feeling good.  Thankfully, the rest of the cruise was calm, and we enjoyed the beauty of the Bahamas.

Funny how I felt SO big on that trip but looking at the pictures my belly wasn’t as big as I thought.

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Pregnancy Photo Shoot – NYC

Here’s a trip down memory lane being pregnant with Rumi. This was taken January 2010. I remember that evening. We drove from Manhattan to Queens to my sister’s friend’s apartment studio. I was feeling big, tight in my belly and super tired. I thought the photo shoot would never end. Now that I look back at the pictures, I think it’s great that we have captured a moment in time that Rumi can hold on to when she’s older.

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