Two days of solidarity for the Afghan people


Institutional Communication Service

28 March 2022

Second-hand clothes will be collected on Saturday, 2 April 2022, from 10 am to 4 pm at Modernariato al Mercato in Pregassona. The clothes will then be sold for charity on USI West Campus on Saturday on 14 May from 10 am to 8:30 pm (in case of bad weather: Sunday, 15 May, rain or shine). The proceeds will be donated to initiatives in aid of the Afghan people. The initiative is the first in a series of events organised by USI on Afghanistan, a country experiencing extreme poverty seven months after the Taliban took Kabul.

USI has decided to support the charity event of the AFG Ticino community by hosting it on its university campus (see attached poster). Members of the academic community who wish to join the initiative can bring their second-hand clothes, washed and ironed, to be donated on 2 April in Pregassona. Another way to contribute is to participate in the event on 14 May in the park of Lugano's West Campus. During the day, in addition to the stands with clothes for sale, there will also be opportunities to learn more about Afghanistan, a bar with Afghan specialities, a theatrical performance (4 pm), storytelling in Italian/Farsi (11 am and 3 pm), music and entertainment for children.

In addition to this charity event, in the coming weeks, USI will propose other moments of reflection focused on Afghanistan: a photographic exhibition (introduced by a round table on 12 April 2022, 6 pm, room A11) and an information session featuring Parwiz Mosamim, the Afghan "Scholar at Risk" hosted by USI (10 May, 5:30 pm), followed by an open discussion at the event on 14 May. USI Student Council has also recently decided to support - as a project of the Corporation - an initiative proposed by a USI doctoral student and alumna with an initial sum of CHF 3,000 to launch a fund-raising campaign to guarantee an education for disadvantaged Afghan children:

For more information about the project you can visit this page