News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan
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The Rotary Club of Duxbury held a well-attended fashion show benefiting the Zabuli Education Center. The jackets were made by Razia.
In a memorable evening at the Pine Straw store in Wellesley, MA, attendees enjoyed amazing fashions and Afghan cuisine. Tracy Cranley, owner of Pine Straw, donated 15% of store sales from this special event to benefit the Zabuli Education Center.
The National: After she spent more than three decades in the US, Jan's return to her homeland, beginning with exploratory trips in 2002, has revived her love for Afghanistan. There is nothing she won't do now for her country-women, from setting up a girls' school to helping widows find purpose and economic stability in their lives, to designing and manufacturing dresses for a denuded fashion industry.
Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, spoke to students about her improbable achievement: under difficult political, economic and cultural conditions, opening a K–8 school for girls. Mrs. Jan was this year’s Margaret A. Johnson Speaker, a series that brings noted female leaders to campus each year. “At the beginning, building a girls’ school in Afghanistan seemed as difficult for me as going to the moon,” said Mrs. Jan. “I am just one person, but I thought it was important to do something.”