Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia Jan Institute

The Razia Jan Institute is the first women’s post-secondary vocational school in rural Afghanistan. Scheduled to open in March 2017, the Razia Jan Institute sits adjacent to the Zabuli Education Center, our thriving K-12 school in Deh’Subz currently providing free education to more than 600 Afghan girls.

Razia Jan InstituteIn an overwhelmingly positive indicator of progressive change manifesting in the district we serve, all 22 students from our first two graduating classes comprise the Razia Jan Institute's inaugural class.

At the Razia Jan Institute, two courses of study are offered: health services/midwifery, and office administration. Students 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 new facility includes a clinic where midwifery students will train alongside doctors and midwives. This medical facility will have an enormous impact on a severely medically-underserved area as there is currently no district hospital in Deh’Subz.

Razia Jan Institute computer labThe Razia Jan Institute operates with the approval and support of the Afghan Ministry of Education. Razia Jan, CNN Hero, humanitarian, businesswoman, and founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope, understands the importance of earning and maintaining Ministry endorsement. She enjoys a strong relationship with the Ministry, which named the Zabuli Education Center the district’s top school.

Razia also has steadfast support from the community, which hails her as the “Mother of Deh’Subz.”