Sunday, August 9, 2009


Potluck party idea came to the Institute for Leadership Development from our US instructor's side. We - Afghan, did not know about this great idea of potluck parties. I remember during the first year of our classes, this idea was introduced to the students by the founder of ILD - Philip Adams. From then, the potluck party became very interesting part of our gatherings once or twice a month at the ILD - where I am teaching. Every body brings food for at least three people and we have different dishes. It is a lot of fun. If you ask most of the youngs these days about potluck they will say what it is while two years ago no body knew about what it was. In this picture, the first round of ILD students with Philip Adams from US as the founder and teacher at the Institute for Leadership Development. You can be a part of this friendly gatherings if you have a chance to come to Herat and teach for one or two weeks in our leadership classes. We always bring human resources from US and all the other parts of the world if interested in Afghanistn - Herat and they teach at the Institute for Leadership Development.


  1. Nice to hear about your ILD. Are all the students men, or are they just separate for this photo?
    Eating together on the floor must be a special "table fellowship."
    I first learned the word potluck only in 1996 when I was in America as a volunteer, living in community, at Heifer Ranch. Heifer International is a fine old organization that gets donations and gives livestock and training to needy people around the world.

  2. Dear Dina,
    Thanks for the comments and reading my posting. At ILD, we have mixed classes of male and female students who are all together. They are just seperate for this photo.

  3. Nice potluck dinner gathering photo, Aref! It's fun to get a glimpse of your different foods! We often have potluck dinners here. In May, 5 guests from Bangalore, India come to our house and people from my Eagan Rotary club brought different vegetarian dishes special for our guests to make a fun, delicious potluck dinner! If you look at the May postings of my India trip blog, then you will see those pictures:

  4. Glad to hear you have discovered the joys of potluck parties. Aside from the very interesting dishes, it's also so much lighter on the pocket :)

    I was about to ask the same question as Dina, so I'm glad she already asked it so I could read your answer.

  5. No wonder they all look so happy. It's a feast! Looks absolutely delicious.

  6. Great joy, Aref! We in Brazil have this tradition too. Very often, usually in offices, we do these parties, where each one brings their specialty or what is more practical.