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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Book Awards for Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education

Razia's Ray of HopeWe're thrilled that Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst has received lots of attention -- and has won many awards!

The book has also raked in serious accolades:

"Razia's yearning for school is described in rich, context-specific language." —BOOKLIST

"Purposeful in a positive way, this imaginatively illustrated book should open readers' eyes to issues facing children who live in very different circumstances." —KIRKUS

"The newest title in the vital CitizenKids series — books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens — is also quite possibly the best thus far." —SMITHSONIAN

"This inspirational story is as beautifully illustrated as it is told. It is vital that young readers have stories like this one to show them that positive change is possible in the world, and that believing in yourself is the first step." —MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, MULTI-PLATINUM GRAMMY WINNING RECORDING ARTIST AND SONGWRITER

"Razia's Ray of Hope, a great end-of-the-summer read, will get anyone fired-up about going back to school." —LISA LESLIE HENDERSON, CO-AUTHOR, EVERYWHERE: COMPREHENSIVE DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA ERA

Read more and order your copy here.


Grant award from the Khaled Hosseini Foundation

We're deeply grateful to announce a $10,000 operational grant from the ever-generous Khaled Hosseini Foundation!
The Khaled Hosseini Foundation is a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. The foundation works with the United Nations refugee organization to build shelters for refugee families and provides economic opportunities, education, and healthcare for women and children of Afghanistan.

The Khaled Hosseini Foundation


Check out our fall events

We'd love to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Sunday, October 19
Duxbury, MA
Join us for Behind the Red: An Inside Report on the Zabuli Education Center from 3:00 to 5:00 on October 19 at the Duxbury Senior Center in Duxbury, Massachusetts, for a special presentation by Razia Jan and our Program Director, Dana Clawson, on what's happening at our school -- with details on how our students are doing and how they spend their schooldays. It's a behind-the-scenes view that you haven't had before. We know you'll love hearing from Dana! As thanks to our important supporters like you, the event is free. Light refreshments will be served. We'll also be offering new treasures in Razia's Marketplace, in case you'd like to get a jump on your holiday shopping. No need to RSVP. We'll see you there!

Friday, October 17
New York City
The 61st Annual Award Ceremony of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award will take place at 2:30 pm on October 17 at 777 United Nations Plaza in New York City. Author Elizabeth Suneby will be honored at this event for Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education.
Saturday, October 18
Madison, Wisconsin
The 2014 South Asia Book Award Ceremony, sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, will be held this Saturday from 3 to 5 pm in the Children's Department Room at the Madison Central Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, is held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival and 43rd Annual Conference on South Asia and will conclude with a book signing by author Elizabeth Suneby, among other honorees.
Sunday, October 19
Middleton, Wisconsin
Elizabeth Suneby will read from Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education on Sunday, October 19, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI. Open to all ages; children, teens, and adults are welcome. Stop by the Main Level Help Desk or call (608) 827-7402 to register.
October 23-25
Boston, Massachusetts
Razia's Ray of Hope is the South Asian Arts Council's featured organization for this year's Diwali Festival in Boston! On Thursday, October 23, Razia Jan will participate in the Diwali candle-lighting ceremony at the Statehouse. Various events will take place that weekend. On Sunday, October 26, Razia and Elizabeth Suneby will present at the Boston Children's Museum. Visit our Facebook page for more details. Thank you to Amit Dixit and the South Asian Arts Council for this delightful opportunity!

Saturday, October 25
Boston, Massachusetts
Patti Quigley and Elizabeth Kellner Suneby will both present at the Boston Book Festival at 11:30 am on October 25 at the First Church Chapel, Berkeley & Marlborough Street.  

November 20-21
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Razia Jan will be a keynote speaker at the Maya Angelou International Women's Health Summit, a multinational collaboration dedicated to highlighting and improving the health of women around the world. National and international participants will engage in two days of dialogue, planning and networking in response to keynote and panel presentations.