We Are Not Giving Up.
Since 2008, Razia Jan has changed the lives of Afghan girls and women through community-based education in rural Deh’Subz.
Razia’s courage and power of persuasion are legendary. The antagonistic village elders who first objected to a school for girls are now fervent supporters of their daughters’ and granddaughters’ education. Today, Razia has educated thousands of students and is hailed as the “Mother of Deh’Subz.”
“In the beginning, no one wanted to let their daughters go to school. But now everyone wants their daughters and sisters to go to school and learn. They are not only letting us come to school, but convincing us to learn more.”
— Shakira, graduate of both the Zabuli Education Center and Razia Jan Institute
Razia’s Ray of Hope
The Zabuli Education Center provides high-quality, free education to 700 girls in kindergarten through grade 12. Most of our students live in poverty; we provide ancillary supports like meals and winter outerwear.
The Razia Jan Institute is the first women’s post-secondary vocational school in rural Afghanistan, a tuition-free, two-year midwifery certification program that enables health-sector employment.
To ease the suffering of Afghan women who have lost their husbands, we collaborate with Beyond the 11th, a humanitarian group that facilitates job training and brings economic opportunity to Afghan widows.
Stories of Change
Believe in Afghan girls. Believe in the power of education. Believe in the future of Afghanistan.
Since our first school opened in 2008, we have witnessed remarkable transformation. A community that had never before educated girls now recognizes and respects our students and the potential that grows with literacy. With your support, the flame that is Razia’s Ray of Hope will endure.
Education is Power
“We opened a school for girls in Afghanistan to help break the cycle of poverty through access to an education in a very poor area. By providing these girls with an education, we are giving them a ray of hope to protect them from the vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and hunger.” — RAZIA JAN