Concert Raises Funds for Afgan Refugee Families

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CHGM assisted Hamid Habibizadah and Negin Khpalwa. Courtesy: CHGM

Celebrate good work –and contribute to the effort to help refugee families– by attending with a fundraising concert Jan. 28.

Join Good Neighbors Capitol Hill (GNCH) at a performance by Capitol Hill’s own Second String Orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Third and A Streets SE).

The Orchestra includes talented string instrumentalists from our neighborhood.  The program of classical music for strings will include a special addition this year with Hamid Habibzadah playing the tabla.

GNCH works to connect refugee families with housing, necessities, work and education. At the concert, they will celebrate the completion of their 100th apartment setup.

Hamid and his wife, Negin Khpalwak (the only woman orchestra conductor in Afghanistan) fled Kabul in August 2021 with their 2-year-old daughter. Music, especially when played by women is forbidden by the Taliban. The two fled shortly after the fall of Kabul knowing they were both at great risk. The Institute of Music in Kabul was ramsacked and instruments destroyed.

Theirs was the 98th apartment prepared by GNCH in November, 2022.

There will be a reception after the concert. GNCH says it is a way of thanking the friends and neighbors who have so generously supported this mission.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing Info@goodneighborscapitolhill.org. A $20 per person or $40 per family donation helps sustain our work.