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Nov 6, 2010
Rapport Afghanistan Donates Water Filters Providing Clean Water For Up to 20,000 Daily PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Mingus   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:18


Some of our Sawyer water filters were recently distributed in the province of Nuristan. Our Mountain Warrior troops gave the filters to local
Afghan security forces who will in turn take them to respective districts/villages in order to disseminate them to the local populace.
This is the focus of COIN. Help connect the remote populace with their them build rapport with their government.
Nation building. This is awesome!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:24
School Supply Drive 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 20 February 2012 13:53

Rapport Afghanistan, a grass roots 501c3 non-profit, announces the plan to collect and ship school supplies to 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, for the purposes of distributing to remote Afghan schools. The School Supply Drive 2012 will begin in May 2012. The purpose of the drive is to help our troops build rapport with the Afghan population by providing much needed school supplies. Afghanistan has one of highest illiteracy rates in the world. Many experts believe education is the gateway for Afghanistan to move away from ties with extremists groups like the Taliban. Below is a list of items we plan to collect and ship by summer 2012:

Mechanical Pencils
Construction Paper - Colored
Glue/Glue Sticks

Please contact us for more information about how you can help at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:57
TF Lethal, ANSF distribute 6,000 donated coats to rural Afghans PDF Print E-mail
Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 13:43


PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Hundreds of coats were handed out to people living in the rural village of Charwazi in Paktya province, Afghanistan, April 19.

These were only a few of the roughly 6,000 coats distributed by the Afghan National Army and 1st platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Lethal.

“The coats help because many of the homes only have small wood stoves," said an ANA soldier who was helping to pass out the coats.

A volunteer group known as Rapport Afghanistan donated the coats, which represented another effort by the group to provide needed comfort supplies to people in rural areas of Afghanistan.

Months of collecting finally ended March 7, when over 6,000 coats and 1,500 other clothing items such as gloves and hats were delivered to Forward Operating Base Gardez, which serves as TF Lethal’s base of operations.

Rapport Afghanistan, a Minnesota-based organization, was founded in 2010 by Shawn Mingus, a resident of Chanhassen, Minn., and friend of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boesen of Ankeny, Iowa, the TF Lethal commander.

Earlier that year, when Mingus heard of TF Lethal’s upcoming deployment, he contacted Boesen to ask what kind of support he and his task force needed.

“He contemplated for a while and then thought of warm coats, hats and gloves,” said Mingus in an e-mail interview.

Boesen recalled from his previous deployment to Paktya that many people lived and worked around the mountains without warm clothing.

“When I heard him say that I said, ‘I'm on it!’” said Mingus.

In March of 2010, Rapport Afghanistan was formed in Chanhassen with a Board of Directors consisting of ten people, one of whom is originally from nearby Khowst province, Afghanistan.

The group organized volunteers around the U.S. to collect used coats, hats, gloves and scarves from their communities.

US Bank even pitched in to sponsor coat drives in five major U.S. cities, and organized the shipment of donated items to Minneapolis.

“With the hard effort of hundreds of volunteers and concerned patriots we collected nearly 6,000 coats,” said Mingus.

The group continued collections and accepting donations through the spring and summer of 2010.

“I had large, growing piles of coats sitting in my basement from May until November,” Mingus wrote.

It took 50 volunteers two weekends to package, mark and transfer over 400 boxes into temporary storage, where they waited until a shipping date could be decided.

When Mingus found out where Boesen was going to be stationed, he arranged to have the container delivered directly to his headquarters from Minneapolis, a feat that took over 15 weeks, and plenty of patience.

The original delivery date in January was delayed significantly due to the weather and other complications that frequently impact a mountainous combat zone.

“The final and most serious delay came from the challenging fact that you all operate in a war zone,” wrote Mingus. “I have to remind myself that we sent the container to a place that required ‘special delivery.’”

The 400 boxes were divided evenly and sent to each of TF Lethal’s infantry companies who, with their Afghan National Security Partners, went to local villages to distribute the coats and warm clothes to Afghans throughout the province.

“We usually hand out 40 to 50 coats at a time,” said U.S. Army Pfc. Bryston Dunkeson, an intelligence analyst for Company B, TF Lethal and a native of Farragut, Iowa.

“Rapport Afghanistan is a great example of outstanding, grass-root support from volunteers in America who donated time and money for a coat drive to donate warm clothes for the Afghan people who need them,” said Boesen.


Story by: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:59
The Coats are Loaded and Ready to Ship! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Mingus   
Saturday, 13 November 2010 20:33


We've boxed up nearly 6,000 coats and another 1,000 warm hats, scarves and mittens. They are loaded on a 40 ft connex. Monday the container begins its long journey from Minnesota to Paktya, Afghanistan.


In the pocket of each coat we've placed a note telling our story and the hope that our coats keep the remote villages along the Afghan/ Pakistan border warm this winter. Our message has been translated from English into both pashto and farsi.

Operation Pack-Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Mingus   
Saturday, 06 November 2010 12:33
Today is Operation Pack-Up! Volunteers from around the Twin Cities will arive at Ft. Mingus at noon and we will pack up 6,000 coats and another 1,000 hats and scarves. The weather is perfect. God must be smiling down on us today for it couldn't be better. Inshallah.
The Posse MC from Texas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Mingus   
Saturday, 23 October 2010 18:08

Posse_MC_Texas The Posse Motorcyle Club (MC) from Texas was started by Evil Bill (President) along with his other law enforcement friends a few years ago. They ride for charities (military, children, officers). They are mostly cops and military or retired military.  I was told recently that if you get a biker to support something they go all out! Way to go Posse by collecting over a 100 coats for Rapport Afghanistan!

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:30
Volunteers Needed November 6th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Mingus   
Saturday, 23 October 2010 16:37

Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can join us on November 6th, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, for a day of sorting, packing and preparing the thousands of coats we've collected. Rapport Afghanistan is preparing to ship coats in November.

Winter is coming to Afghanistan and we must reach the Afghans soon. It's an exciting time to think of the possibilities that could come from sending thousands of warm coats into a region of Afghanistan that is remote and far too trecherous for mail delivery. The Afghans in the regions along the Afghanistan Pakistan line have existed here for 6000 years. The difference now is they have been at war for 30 years. These same Afghans braved against the mighty Soviet Union and helped the world bring down the Iron Curtain in 1989. The world has a moral obligation to help them. They want a better future for themselves, their families and their elders. Inshallah, Rapport Afghanistan.

Chaska High School Collects 198 Coats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Mingus   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 13:50

Chaska_Coat_Drive   A huge thank you to Chaska High School and Chaska Football for supporting our coat drive on September 17th during Chaska's homegame. Your support and efforts helped Rapport Afghanistan collect 198 coats in one evening. That's awesome! Also a big thank you to PFC Erik Geske for volunteering to come out in uniform and support our cause. Thank you Erik for your service!  We wish you the best as you prepare to deploy to Iraq this year with the Minnesota National Guard. (L - R Jennifer Zaugg, Karin Mingus, Erik Geske and Ken Saddler)



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 14:03
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