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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Student Profile: Asiya

Asiya student profileAsiya is 18 years old. She began attending the Zabuli Education Center in 2008 as a third grader. Today is in the twelfth grade and will graduate in December 2017. Her father is a great leader in Deh'Subz and is the local council's manager. Asiya's mother is a homemaker.
Asiya is one of eight siblings. Her eldest sister, Rahela, is a graduate of the Zabuli Education Center and is currently a midwifery student at the Razia Jan Institute. Two of Asiya's other sisters are students at the Zabuli Education Center in grades eleven and five.
Two of Asiya's brothers have finished school and two other brothers are students at a public school in Deh'Subz.
Asiya is a punctual and well-behaved student. Her favorite subjects are mathematics and physics. Her favorite part of school is spending time in the computer lab. In her spare time, she likes to watch TV and cook delicious foods and try new recipes.
She wants to become a teacher.

Midwifery Students at Razia Jan Institute Take First Exams

Students of midwifery at the Razia Jan Institute just completed their first set of exams (at the 20% calendar mark). We're confident they did well!

Razia Jan Institute midwifery exams

Student Profile: Alya

Alya Student ProfileAlya is an 18-year-old senior at the Zabuli Education Center. She enrolled in 2008 as a fourth grader. 

Alya's family is dealing with many difficulties. Her father is unemployed and her mother is a homemaker. She has two sisters and three brothers. Her eldest sister is unemployed and illiterate; her other sister graduated from school but is also unemployed. Both sisters help their mother at home. Alya's two eldest brothers are illiterate and also jobless. Her youngest brother is a ninth grader at a public school in Deh'Subz.

Ayla is an eager student. She is polite and well-behaved. Her favorite subjects are the Holy Quran and English. She enjoys playing volleyball and sewing traditional Afghan clothing in her spare time.

Alya's greatest wish is for peace and stability across Afghanistan. She wants to become a teacher and serve her village.

Razia Jan at the UN

Razia Jan was honored to participate in today's panel discussion on gender equality and violent extremism at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Her fellow panelists included: Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law for the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, Visiting Professor at Columbia University; Julia Santucci, Former Senior Advisor to the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State; Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo, Policy Adviser on Women, Peace and Security, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations; and Brian Reagor, Program Development Manager at the Counter Extremism Project.

Razia Jan at UN

First-Term Exams Underway

Today students in grades 1 through 12 began their first-term exams. The exam period continues until July 22. Please wish these hard-working students good luck!


Student Profile: Meet Nadera!

Young Fundraiser Makes a Difference

We recently received a letter from Bella Frost, a student in Colorado, who was inspired after meeting Razia and decided to host a showing of What Tomorrow Brings as a fundraiser for our foundation. The event raised $375! Thank you for your kindness and your initiative, Bella! The world needs more people like you.

Bella and Razia Jan


Student Profile: Meet Majeeda!

Student Profile: Meet Fatema!

Security Measures

Our schools are blessed to have strong support from the community. Villagers keep an eye on our facilities and watch for any unusual activity. That said, we are vigilant in ensuring the safety of our students and staff. To that end, steel wiring protecting the perimeter of the Razia Jan Institute has just been installed. It may not be beautiful, but it's a necessary security measure.

Steel Wiring Security