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

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Article by Filmmaker Beth Murphy in The Islamic Monthly

What Tomorrow Brings director Beth Murphy has written an article for The Islamic Monthly about Razia Jan and her journey from community activist to founder of the Zabuli Education Center. Beth discusses how life in Afghanistan has changed for women and girls in Razia's lifetime and what the building of a women's technical college would mean for the community of Deh’Subz.

"There’s more at stake here than just sending the Zabuli girls to college. They are a living demonstration of the power of education to change everything. This college can be a catalyst for change for the better, and have a positive impact on generation after generation, quite literally changing the future. Even without a college yet to attend, these young women can envision themselves — and their own daughters one day — as college graduates."

Read the full article here.

Press Release: First Women's College in Rural Afghanistan Secures Funding

Founder and CNN Hero Razia Jan says project is “dream come true”

Razia Jan

WELLESLEY, MA, August 10, 2015—Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation is thrilled to announce that the first women’s college in rural Afghanistan has been fully funded and will break ground this month. Scheduled to open in March 2016, the Razia Jan Technical College will be built adjacent to the Zabuli Education Center, a thriving K-12 school in Deh’Subz that provides free education to more than 480 Afghan girls.

Three courses of study will be offered at the Razia Jan Technical College: teaching, health services/midwifery, and office administration. Students will graduate in two years with marketable, much-needed skills and the ability to work in schools, businesses, government, and health care—careers that are compatible with being a married, observant Afghan woman. The first class of enrollees at the college include 12th graders who will graduate from the Zabuli Education Center this November, as well as 18 other young women who have applied to the new college’s midwifery program.

New and Departing Board Members

Carol ChandlerWe're delighted to welcome Carol Chandler to our Board of Directors!
Carol is a partner in the law firm of Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP, representing private sector employers with regard to labor and employment matters. She also provides management with advice and services relating to discrimination and civil rights laws. Carol has represented management before arbitrators, federal and state courts, and federal and state agencies from New England to Florida.
She is admitted to practice before the federal and state courts in Massachusetts and the US Supreme Court and is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the organization's highest rating.
Prior to beginning the practice of law, Carol graduated from Vassar College and Suffolk Law School, served as Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, as Deputy Director of the City of Boston Office of Civil Rights, and was a research fellow at the Harvard Business School.
We're thrilled to have Carol's experience and leadership on our board. Please join us in extending her a warm welcome!
Nancy Woods          Cristina Rose          Tom Deierlien
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank departing board members Nancy Woods, Tom Deierlein, and Cristina Rose for their leadership and contributions to our foundation.

Student Profile: Husna

Meet Husna, just one of the many students that would benefit from the building of a women's college in rural Afghanistan.

HusnaHusna is 17 years old and is in the eleventh grade. She has six sisters and one brother. Husna's father is a business man and her mother is a homemaker. Five of Husna’s sisters attend school at the Zabuli Education Center. Marwa and Safa are twins and are in the ninth grade, Kubra is in the fourth grade, Hena is in the first grade, and Sodaba is in kindergarten. Husna's brother is 11 years old and is in the sixth grade at a private school in Kabul.

Husna attended public school before coming to the Zabuli Education Center in 2014. Her favorite classes are computer literacy and English. She enjoys exercising in her free time.

Husna is a very polite, punctual, well-behaved, and intelligent student. Her teachers and classmates love her.

She wants to become a psychologist when she grows up. Husna's greatest wish is for peace and stability in Afghanistan so that she can continue her education.

To help us build a college for our promising students, donate to our Indiegogo campaign!