Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia’s Ray of Hope News

News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan

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FroYo Field Trip!

CherryBerryThis week, Razia took a group of ninth and tenth graders to Kabul for CherryBerry frozen yogurt.

Razia says, "It was a hit! Something so exciting and new for the girls." We love seeing those happy faces, Razia! What a delight.


Razia's Ray of Hope Gets Attention -- and Awards!

In recent months, Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst has received lots of attention -- and has won two awards!


CCBCThe Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) awarded the book its annual CHOICES Award. The CCBC is respected nationally and internationally as a resource for the best of the best in children's literature. We're honored by this award, which truly affirms Elizabeth and Suana's hard work and talent. Congratulations!

USBBYRazia's Ray of Hope also received the 2014 United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Outstanding International Book honor list! USBBY serves as the US national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, which was founded to promote international understanding and goodwill through books for children and adolescents.

Afghan Scene

Last fall, the book was prominently featured in Afghan Scene (cover at right) with a 9-page excerpt. We love this magazine!

We're delighted that author Elizabeth Suneby's school visits received attention in the local press. The Wayland Patch covered Elizabeth's visit to the Happy Hollow School, where students participated in interactive workshops learning about themes of education for girls, discrimination, and determination, and were able to try on the burqas that Afghan women and teenage girls must wear out in public.

Elizabeth also had a wonderful visit with students at the Haggerty Elementary School in Cambridge, MA. Students had much to say about the issues Afghan schoolgirls face and Elizabeth much appreciated the insightful comments and questions. Thank you, Haggerty students!

You can order your own copy of Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education, or find out how to invite author Elizabeth Suneby to your school.