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"Razia's Ray of Hope" Receives Literary Honors

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education has been named an honor book by the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in the Books for Younger Readers category! The Addams Award is given annually by the Jane Addams Peace Association. It recognizes excellent children’s books that incorporate themes that invite young readers to think deeply about peace, social justice, and world community, past and present. The award announcement:



Razia's Ray of Hope has also won the Social Justice Literature Award presented by the International Reading Association. This award honors books that address social responsibility towards individuals, communities, societies, and/or the environment as well as invite reflection and socially responsible action by the reader.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Suneby and Suana Verelst!

Razia Jan and Patti Quigley Honored this Week

Razia at BabsonThis week, Razia Jan and Executive Director Patti Quigley both received honors from Boston-area institutions.

Razia was named a 2014 Social Innovator by the Lewis Institute at Babson College. The Lewis Institute writes of Razia and her fellow awardees: "This award is not so much about the organizations they’ve created as it is about the unique vision, courage and action it took for these leaders to create and cultivate these organizations. It is an opportunity to celebrate an extraordinary global social innovator, while also inspiring and informing the greater Babson community on what it takes to activate real and lasting change in the world." Read more here. Razia is pictured with fellow award recipient Katie Milway.


Patti at Wellesley RotaryCongratulations to Executive Director Patti Quigley on being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Wellesley Rotary Club! This fellowship was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Rotary Foundation's only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including US President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, US astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk. Patti is pictured with Rotarian Tory DeFazio.

Inspired Evening: Conversation with Khaled Hosseini and Razia Jan

Award-winning author Khaled Hosseini joined Razia Jan for a thought-provoking conversation moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Lisa Hughes on April 12 at One Post Office Square, Boston. It was a memorable event for all who attended. Thanks to our generous supporters, the weekend raised $70,000! Visit our Facebook page for a complete set of photos by Principle Pictures.
Razia Jan and Khaled Hosseini
The Conversation
Lisa Hughes, Razia Jan, Khaled Hosseini