Razia's Ray of Hope

The Boston Globe: Outside war-torn Kabul, a school soldiers on

The Boston Globe: The news from Afghanistan is grim. Suicide attacks are frequent, and in January the Taliban and ISIS launched attacks on the Intercontinental Hotel and offices of Save the Children, killing and injuring hundreds.

Sixteen years after a US-led effort overthrew the Taliban, the insurgents are believed to still be active in more than half the country. The US Department of Defense has spent about $2 trillion in Afghanistan, and the number of our troops there is expected to double this spring.

But in a village not far from war-torn Kabul lies a rare success story, and it’s the work of two women with Boston-area roots. The Zabuli Education Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary of doing what has long been unthinkable. It educates Afghan girls, from preschool through high school.

Razia Jan, an Afghan native who has spent decades in Marshfield and Duxbury, started the school with about 100 girls. It now boasts 650 and is forced to turn away many others because of space and funding. The executive director of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation is Patti Quigley of Wellesley. Read the full article here.

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