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CNN Hero finalist Razia Jan started school for girls in Afghanistan

Blogher BlogHer: Although it was a Sunday evening in Afghanistan thousands of miles away, I could hear Razia Jan begin to softly cry over the phone from Kabul. “It is so difficult to have something good happening here because there are so many bad things,” said Jan. “And so you can’t really celebrate. There’s a lot of killing of innocent people.”

I had just asked Jan how she felt when she heard she’d been named a finalist for CNN's Hero of the Year. It still seemed unbelievable to her. And no wonder. In 2006, after living 35 years in the United States, Jan returned to her native Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible idea: to open a free private school for girls. Then the Taliban was launching horrific attacks on girls and schools throughout the country.

Central High considers partnership with all-girls school in Kabul

Omaha Central High SchoolOmaha World-Herald: “I'm trying to put that seed in their mind that they are human beings,” Jan told about 65 students and teachers at Omaha Central High. “Education is the only way.” Jan was in Omaha to talk with the Central students and teachers about a potential partnership. The Omaha Suburban Rotary Club helped bring her to Omaha because the club plans to help sponsor 55 girls at the school, said member Ed Walsh.