Parwana for Afghanistan Online Auction

Sun 5th September, 2021 – Sun 12th September, 2021
The celebrated Adelaide restaurant has launched an online auction to help provide emergency relief for those at the centre of the Afghanistan crisis.

In response to Afghanistan’s devastating humanitarian crisis, Adelaide restaurant Parwana Afghan Kitchen has organised an online auction to help purchase emergency relief items for those on ground.

Each of the items up for sale – which span art, skincare, clothing, accommodation, dining experiences, and more – was donated by members of the community. There’s Parwana merch, framed photography by Adelaide-based artists Emmaline Zanelli and Muzafar Ali, a chair by designers Daniel + Emma, accessories by Tiff Manuell, and dinner at restaurants such as Africola and Shobosho.

Proceeds will be distributed to partner organisations the Afghan-Australian Development Organisation, Mahboba's Promise and Human Appeal who will be working to provide short-term immediate relief, distributing items such as food, blankets, medicine and clothing, while also taking into consideration longer term recovery needs.

“We are working with organisations that look after women, children, orphans and the broader community remaining within Afghanistan,” reads a statement on the Parwana website. “We have also selected these charities with a desire to remain as grassroots in our efforts as possible.

“Once funds are assigned, after our fundraising events are completed, we will keep the community informed of where and how donated funds have been distributed in Afghanistan. We believe in an Afghanistan that can flourish – in the hands of its own people, once given a chance and entrusted with their own future.”

For the Ayubi family, who own Parwana and its spin-off outlets Kutchi Deli and Shirni Parwana, their efforts are not just about raising money, but raising the profile of a different narrative.

“Because I’m so sick of the same messaging and this same, ‘Free world against Islamic extremism’ [narrative] without any layers of accountability of how we’ve gotten to this point … how it was a whole global participation in creating the disintegration of Afghanistan, and how we can move forward with accountability,” co-owner Durkhanai Ayubi told Broadsheet last month.

The auction is now live online and closes at 11.59pm ACST on Sunday September 12.