News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan
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On March 24, 2014, Rotarian and Archaeologist Charlie Steinmetz brought several Manhattan Beach Rotary Club members and Razia Jan, CNN Hero, to visit the 186th Street School in Gardena, CA, and give every second grader their very own dictionary. Once the children received their dictionaries, Mr. Steinmetz had them look up the word hero, and they eagerly shared, "a hero is person who inspires others by doing something brave or good." Then he introduced Razia Jan, an amazing hero, to share some of her interesting stories about living in Afghanistan. The children sat on the edge of their seats listening to an ultimate peacemaker. Ms. Jan shared that girls could not go to school in her country so she built a school for girls in Afghanistan. The children could not believe that girls could not go to school in Afghanistan.
All of the 5th graders were treated to an assembly with Ms. Jan, too. To promote the freedom of education, the students decided to give $186 to Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation from their collection of 186 pennies of love.
The Steinmetz Foundation has donated hardcover dictionaries to the 186th Street students for 10 years.
For more photos from this event, visit our Facebook album.
On February 28, 2014, Razia Jan gave a memorable and moving presentation at the US Air Force Academy's 21st National Character and Leadership Symposium as part of the opening ceremony. You don't want to miss Razia's moving speech, which you can watch here: http://bit.ly/1jFzPrI.