For many Americans and citizens of other Western countries, the Middle East is a mysterious and sometimes frightening part of the world. It is important to remember that beyond cultural differences and war, there are similarities that bind all of us in our humanity and our shared hope for a better future: we work, we laugh, we cry, we dream — and we love our children. The Afghan people are not represented in the headlines that too often make us look away.
To promote an understanding the broader context of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation and the work we do, we've provided in this section a brief introduction to Afghanistan, its people, and the country’s rich history.
For a portable overview of Afghanistan, please see our PDF fact sheet About Afghanistan, which you may print and distribute, along with fact sheets on Women and Girls in Afghanistan and About the Foundation.
Today, a window of opportunity has opened in Afghanistan. Razia’s Ray of Hope is one of many organizations working in hope that this new chapter in the history of Afghanistan will be one of progress, prosperity, and peace.