Razia's Ray of Hope




Coronavirus—this global pandemic—challenges our schools, students, and staff in every way. As with all other schools in Afghanistan, COVID-19 closed our doors. The opening of our Zabuli Education Center, planned for March 23rd, was put on hold. Midwives from Razia Jan Institute, who were in their practicum, were sent home.

This pandemic has left our students—girls and young women in Afghanistan—without the safe haven and resources that our schools typically provide.

Outside of our schools’ walls, our Foundation continues to support our community. We have worked with our teachers and staff to safely distribute books and materials to many of our students for remote learning.

We have also committed to continuing to pay our entire staff for the duration of our schools’ closure.

However, the impact of this crisis has been significant in terms of our fundraising efforts.

Your support today can drastically change a girl or young woman's life in Afghanistan, fund teachers' and staff salaries, and allow us to plan and execute our reopening plan once we receive approval to do so.

We will keep you— our community— posted on any further developments, including when we will be able to safely open. We continue to be incredibly thankful to those who can support us during this critical time of need.





A Model of Empowerment



Look what global citizens like you have helped accomplish!

  • Educating more than 1,000 girls in kindergarten through post-secondary training.
  • Enabling our graduates to support their families, creating positive economic and social impact in their community as teachers, midwives, and shop owners.
  • Certifying midwives who are now improving health outcomes in the community of Deh’Subz and beyond.
  • Helping Afghan families realize the importance of education. We now have a three-year waiting list for kindergarten!



Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation provides young girls and women in Afghanistan with free, award-winning K-12 schooling and post-secondary programs. Our model of transformative, community-based education incubates strong leaders, builds career pathways, and creates peaceful cultural change within an educational cycle that impacts present and future generations.

Founder and president Razia Jan, humanitarian and CNN Top 10 Hero, has worked for decades to build connections between Afghans and Americans while improving the lives of girls and young women in Afghanistan through education and opportunity.


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