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Giving Afghan girls a first: Opportunity

Boston Globe: From comfortable Duxbury to provincial Afghanistan comes a gift from the heart, and from the head: A girls' school is rising in a village outside Kabul where no girls have been educated in years. It's all thanks to the Duxbury Rotary Club, and a resourceful woman named Razia Jan of Marshfield. Jan is an Afghan who came to the United States for her own education in 1970 and never left. She became a US citizen, had a son — now a film and theater director in Los Angeles — and opened her own business, a dry cleaning and seamstress shop in Duxbury. She has also, over the past two years, been raising money to build the girls' school in a village outside Kabul. In August, she was in her native land to watch the first floor of the two-story school building go up. When it is complete this winter, the school will have eight classrooms. "We'll start from 4 or 5 years old but might get a 16-year-old who has never been in school," says Jan.