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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First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani

Razia Jan was honored and pleased to meet with First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani in Washington, DC, last week!


Student Profile: Rahela

Rahela Student ProfileAt 24, Rahela is the oldest student at the Zabuli Education Center.

After years at a different school, at the age of 18 Rahela enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center as a fifth grader. Her previous schooling was so poor that Rahela could barely read of write. Having put in a tremendous amount of time and effort, Rahela will graduate this fall.

Two years ago, Rahela resisted an arranged marriage to a much older man, and her family punished her brutally, attempting to intimidate her into compliance. For six months, Rahela endured beatings from family members. The support of classmates seemed to help her endure; they rallied her spirits, even on days when laughter hurt because her ribs had been broken. After six months of steadfast refusal, her family finally conceded. Rahela could not have managed this victory without the support of her teachers and fellow students.

Rahela has three brothers and three sisters; all of her sisters are also enrolled at the Zabuli Education Center. Rahela's father is the village malik (the equivalent of a mayor), who, despite conservative views, is hugely supportive of our school.

Student Profile: Fatema

Fatema Student ProfileFatema is 15 years old. She is in the tenth grade. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker.

Fatema has 4 sisters and 7 brothers. Her eldest brother graduated from school and is a police officer. Her second brother is studying law at Kabul University. Her third brother, a sixth grader, attends public school in Deh'Subz, as does her fourth and fifth brothers (twins in fifth grade) and sixth brother (fourth grade). Her youngest brother is 5 years old.

Fatema's two eldest sisters graduated from school and are married. Her third sister, Nadia, is a senior at the Zabuli Education Center and her fourth sister, Amena, is also a Zabuli Education Center student, currently in seventh grade.

Fatema began attending the Zabuli Education Center as a first grader in 2008. She is an intelligent, polite, punctual, and well-behaved student. She skipped grade nine and wen from eighth to tenth.

Fatema's favorite subjects are the Holy Quran and English. She likes reading a variety of books and likes to cook. She also enjoys swinging.

She wants to become a judge and serve her country.

Student Profile: Uzma


Meet Uzma, one of our current seniors!

Uzma is 17 years old and is in the twelfth grade. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker. She has three sisters and four brothers. One of her older brothers works at Shamshad TV, and the other is attending university abroad. Her younger brothers are in ninth grade and fourth grade in public school in Deh-Subz.

Her three sisters all go to school at the Zabuli Education Center. Soma is in eleventh grade, Nadeema is in tenth grade, and Marwa is in fifth grade.

Uzma started attending the Zabuli Education Centerin the fourth grade in 2008. She is an intelligent, studious, and punctual student. She writes, reads, and speaks English very well. Her favorite classes are computer literacy, English, and biology. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up so she can serve her people.