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

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.

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, donate to our Indiegogo campaign!

Student Profile: Negeena

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

NegeenaNegeena is 19 years old and is in the twelfth grade. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her father works as a guard and her mother is a homemaker and a tailor. Negeena’s eldest sister went to school through grade six and now works at home with her mother cooking and sewing. Her other sister, Masooda, is 15 years old and is in the eighth grade at ZEC. Her two brothers are 7 and 8 years old and both attend public school.

Negeena is third in her class. She loves to study and consistently gets good marks on her exams. She is a very calm, polite, intelligent, and hard-working student. Her favorite classes are Computer Literacy and English. She is very excited about graduating from school this year. She likes to cook, sew, and listen to music in her free time.

Negeena's greatest wish is for peace and stability in her country so that all girls and boys can complete their education and fulfill their dreams.

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, donate to our Indiegogo campaign!

Student Profile: Mursal

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

MursalMursal is 14 years old and is in the twelfth grade. She is the youngest student in her grade, having skipped both sixth and tenth grade. She has eight sisters and two brothers. Mursal's father works in the Ministry of Education and her mother is a homemaker. Seven of Mursal’s sisters graduated from high school prior to getting married. One of her brothers studied medicine at Kabul University and is now a doctor. Her other brother studies law at Bayat University.

Mursal is a very intelligent, polite, and eager student. Her favorite subjects are science and geography. She loves learning about world cultures. She also enjoys cooking in her free time.

Mursal's greatest wish is to eliminate poverty from her country and stop violence again women. She wishes for all girls to finish their education and serve their country. She wants to become a prosecutor when she grows up.

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, donate to our Indiegogo campaign!

Student Profile: Aziza

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

AzizaAziza is 16 years old and is in the eleventh grade. She has five sisters and two brothers. Three of her sisters are married, one sister is in the tenth grade in public school, and her youngest sister, Hameeda, is in the sixth grade at the Zabuli Education Center. Aziza’s oldest brother is married and her other brother is in the tenth grade in public school. Aziza's father is a farmer and her mother is a homemaker.
Aziza is second in her class and has played an active role in a number of events at the Zabuli Education Center, including acting as the announcer at their Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day events. Like many girls, Aziza spends her free time listening to music and practicing with make-up as well as sowing beautiful traditional clothing, like the dress shown in the picture. As a talented student dedicated to her school work, Aziza has maintained high marks. Always punctual and well behaved, Aziza shows great potential. She hopes to one day become a doctor so she can help the poor.

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, check out our Indiegogo campaign!

Student Profile: Beheshta

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

BeheshtaBeheshta is 17 years old and is in eleventh grade. She has five brothers. Beheshta's elder brother is twenty-two years old. He has graduated from school and now works in an office. Her other brothers are sixteen, thirteen, twelve, and six years old and the three oldest all attend public school.

Beheshta is a very smart girl and is always eager to study. She likes to read fiction and listen to music in her free time. Her favorite subjects are English and Biology. When she grows up, she wants to become a doctor as a way of serving her people.

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, check out our Indiegogo campaign!

$4 can change the world

If you could give someone the opportunity to receive an education – would you? If every student at a single university donated just $4 we would have the means to build the first women’s college in rural Afghanistan! We challenge you to post a picture displaying your school spirit using ‪#‎4ForHope‬, donate $4 and challenge everyone else you know to do the same! #4ForHope ‪#‎BuildASchoolToday‬.

#4ForHope

Student Profile: Fakhria

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

FakhriaFakhria is 13 years old and is in the ninth grade. Her father is an engineer and her mother is a homemaker. She has three sisters and three brothers. Fakhria's eldest brother is a student at Kabul University, and another of her brothers attends public school.
Fakhria's elder sister has graduated from public school and now works at home with her mom. Another of her sisters is in grade 4 at the Zabuli Education Center.
Fakhria is always punctual and very polite. She studies eagerly and gets great marks on her exams. Her favorite subjects are Computer Literacy and English. She likes to read and draw in her free time (see some of her beautiful drawings below the cut). She also enjoys helping her mother around the house and cooking. When she grows up, she wants to become a doctor as a way of serving her people and her country.

 

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, check out our Indiegogo campaign!

Student Profile: Basya

Meet Basya, just one of the many students that would benefit from the building of a college in rural Afghanistan!

BasyaBasya is currently in the fourth grade and has been a top student in her class since she started in Kindergarten. Basya is one of 8 children. Four of her siblings attend public school, and the other three do not attend school and do not know how to read. Basya lives approximately twenty minutes from the Zabuli Education Center by bus, but is still punctual and always arrives on time. She is very intelligent, polite, well-behaved, kind, and empathetic. She loves to draw and has a beautiful singing voice.

Despite the many challenges that she and her family face, Basya maintains good attendance and is always ready to learn. She can also teach her classmates when called upon to if their teacher is unable to make it to the school. Basya dreams of someday becoming a doctor and opening her own clinic where she can serve people for free.

You can view more of our student profiles here. To help us build a college for these promising students, check out our Indiegogo campaign!

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