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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Razia Jan and Rotary Leaders Visit 186th Street School

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.


Razia Jan Opening Speaker at US Air Force Academy Symposium

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.

US Air Force Academy

Boston Area Special Events with Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan!

Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan

An evening of conversation with good friends, good food, and Razia's Marketplace



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© Karen Wong

Khaled Hosseini photograph 
© Elena Seibert



Please join us for two special April evenings in support of a special school: the Zabuli Education Center in Deh'Subz, Afghanistan. Author Khaled Hosseini joins humanitarian Razia Jan for a thought-provoking conversation moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Lisa Hughes (at right) along with festive Afghan food and music on Saturday, April 12 at One Post Office Square in Boston. A private dinner with Khaled and Razia will be held at the Wellesley Country Club on Friday, April 11. If you aren't near Boston but have contacts who might be interested in attending, we'd be grateful if you'd let them know. 


Reserve Your Place!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Wellesley Country Club, Wellesley, MA

Saturday, April 12, 2014

One Post Office Square, Boston, MA

  • 5:00 to 7:00 pm: Refreshments; conversation with Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan moderated by Lisa Hughes; Razia's Marketplace: $50/ticket.
  • 7:00 to 10:00 pm: Following the conversation, join us for a festive Afghan dinner and music: $250 (includes the conversation); $100/seat for young professionals (includes the conversation; limited availability).

Convenient, discounted parking available.


Transportation between Duxbury and Boston is available to those attending both the conversation and dinner; please indicate your interest on the registration form. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Superintendent Level: $10,000
  • Includes: Two seats at April 11 private dinner at Wellesley Country Club; eight tickets to April 12 conversation and dinner in Boston; name included in program and video display.
Principal Level: $5,000
  • Includes: Two seats at April 11 private dinner at Wellesley Country Club; four tickets to April 12 conversation and dinner in Boston; name included on program.
Teacher Level: $2,500
  • Includes: Two seats at April 11 private dinner at Wellesley Country Club; two tickets to April 12 conversation and dinner in Boston.

For further sponsorship information, please contact Patti Quigley: patti.quigley@raziasrayofhope.org.


About the Speakers


Khaled Hosseini is a physician and an award-winning author whose novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed have been published in more than 70 countries. He is a UN Refugee Goodwill Ambassador. 


Razia Jan has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Razia is the founder of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation and was named a 2012 Top 10 CNN Hero for her work on the Zabuli Education Center, a school that she founded in rural Afghanistan that provides free education to more than 400 girls.