Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation empowers young women and girls in Afghanistan through community-based education in the district of Deh'Subz. Founded on the knowledge that education is key to positive, peaceful change for current and future generations, we provide young Afghans with the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment, so that they may work toward brighter futures — in their own villages and beyond.
Our flagship project is the Zabuli Education Center, an all-girl K-12 school that provides free, exemplary education to more than 670 students. The founder of our school and foundation is Afghan native Razia Jan, humanitarian and CNN Top 10 Hero. The story of our school is eloquently told in the award-winning film What Tomorrow Brings.
In March 2017 our doors opened at the adjacent Razia Jan Institute, providing our graduates and other community members with a clear path to empowered employment as midwives while bringing medical services to a desperately underserved area. The institute also provides classes in English and computer literacy. Our first cohort of 20 certified midwives graduated in March 2019.
Our philosophy of community-based education and school-building employed by Razia’s Ray of Hope has proved remarkably effective. Afghans face a desperate need for quality, free education. We will continue to meet this need on an ever-increasing scale.
“In Afghanistan, women are working to overcome years of oppression to secure basic rights, including the right to be educated. Afghan women continue to face intimidation and violence in their pursuit of this right. Razia’s Ray of Hope provides means and a shining path of example for many Afghan females. Razia Jan’s life’s work to help the girls of her country obtain an education is key to the empowerment of future generations of women. The UNO Center for Afghanistan Studies is proud to be associated with Razia Jan and the Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation.”
—Thomas Gouttierre, Senior Officer for Global Engagement; Dean, International Studies & Programs; Director, Center for Afghanistan Studies, University Nebraska Omaha