Razia's Ray of Hope


Moving Mountains

Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation receives the majority of its support from individuals across 49 states and 24 countries. The Khaled Hosseini Foundation and has been a large supporter since our inception, and we are one of GreaterGood.org’s featured charities. We have enjoyed the support of Rotary International and over a dozen Rotary Clubs, and we continue to gain support through the new Rotary crowd-sourcing platform. We continually reach out to foundations that have previously supported organizations similar to ours.
The vast majority of our students — 73% — live below the poverty line and cannot afford to pay for education at all. Most private schools in the region charge up to $11,000 a year for attendance — a large fortune in Afghanistan. When you make a donation or become a sponsor, you enable us to provide our students the education they need for free, as well as uniforms, shoes, warm coats, and meals. The necessities we provide are invaluable to our students. 
Some of our key supporters are introduced below.



Mrs. ZabuliThe Frieda Madjid Zabuli Foundation

The Frieda Madjid Zabuli Foundation was founded in honor of the late Abdul Madjid Zabuli, founder of the modern Afghan state. Mr. Zabuli was Minister of Economy and Finance for two decades, during which time he pioneered the modern economy of Afghanistan and developed a nationwide banking system. Mr. Zabuli understood that education could not only transform one life but could bring hope and needed change to Afghanistan. The Zabuli Foundation supports important work around the globe under the direction of Frieda Madjid, the widow of Abdul Madjid Zabuli.

In 1932, Mr. Zabuli founded the Ashami Company, which became the Afghan National Bank (also known as Bank-i-Milli Afghanistan, the first bank to be established in an Islamic country) with branches in major global financial hubs. Other Afghan banks soon followed thanks to Mr. Zabuli’s efforts and influence, including Da Afghanistan Bank. The banking sector fueled the establishment of a number of manufacturing and export-driven businesses, many of which are still trading today. Mr. Zabuli also developed basic industries from sugar to cotton and textiles, which led to exportation and Afghanistan’s ability to compete in global markets. He remained active in business and politics until his death in November 1998.


Khaled HosseiniThe Khaled Hosseini Foundation

Founded by the best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, the Khaled Hosseini Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan to help alleviate suffering and build healthy communities. The foundation gives priority to programs and projects providing relief and shelter for families, economic opportunities for women, and education for children.

Khaled Hosseini was inspired to create a foundation after visiting Afghanistan in 2007 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. While there, Hosseini met families who lived on less than a dollar a day, who spent winters in holes dug underground for shelter, and whose villages routinely lost 10 to 15 children to the elements every winter and summer. These people had little shelter and no access to health-care facilities, schools, food, or jobs. With his foundation, Hosseini hopes to make a meaningful and enduring difference, focusing on projects that benefit women and children, two groups that have suffered more than any other within the beleaguered country and are the backbone of Afghanistan’s future.

Other supporting organizations include:

  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Bridgewater State University
  • European Unitarian Universalists
  • Greatergood.org
  • Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
  • Heidelberg Girl Scouts
  • Project Noise Foundation
  • Subaru of America
  • Siena Construction Company
  • UCB Theatre


Rotary Clubs

Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation has parternered with many supporting rotary clubs since the organization's founding. Rotarians have hosted fundraisers, volunteered their time, and spread awareness of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation across the country.

RotaryDuxbury Rotary Club

The Duxbury Rotary Club has served the Duxbury, Massachusetts, community since 1950. The organization adheres to the Rotary philosophy of “service above self.” Club members give their time each week to raise funds for worthy projects, stay on top of issues facing their community, and strive to make life better for people locally and across the globe.

The Duxbury Rotary Club describes itself as “a small club in a small town,” but notes that the group accomplishes a lot. In 2008, the Duxbury Rotary Club cleaned up local highways, awarded scholarships to graduating seniors, helped the Interfaith Council buy holiday food baskets for needy families, hosted the town’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and under the leadership of past president Razia Jan, completed construction of the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan — of which the group is especially proud.

RotaryBartlesville Daybreak Rotary Foundation

The Bartlesville Daybreak Rotary Club of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is an organization of 80 leaders of area businesses and the broader community. Together they provide local and international humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill throughout the world.

Members of the Bartlesville Daybreak Rotary Club are often found serving on the boards of community nonprofit organizations and in heading up various campaigns for civic and educational improvements in the city. Every member of the Bartlesville Daybreak Rotary Club makes regular contributions to the club foundation, which helps financially support a variety of community causes, many of which are designed to benefit the city’s youth. Club members also take an active part in community development and tourism through service on the board and various committees of the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

RotaryRotary Club of Omaha Suburban

The Rotary Club of Omaha Suburban brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary's best-known motto is "Service above self," and its secondary motto is "They profit most who serve best."




Other supporting Rotary Clubs include:

  • Rotary Club of Concord
  • Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley
  • Rotary Club of Plymouth
  • Rotary Club of Scituate
  • Rotary Club of Sharon
  • Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters
  • Rotary Club of Weston
  • Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island
  • Rotary International
  • South Shore Council of Rotary



Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation has always been a grassroots organization. In addition to the tireless efforts of our board of directors and advisory board, we have received the support of thousands of donors. Here are just a few of the people who have helped us come this far:

Amanullah Devji

Amy Huagn

Ann and Justin Bullion

Anne and Paul Morgan

Ann Storer

Anthony Bernard and Colleen Fleming

Brenda Meeks

Carolyn Burmedi

Catherine Feintuch

Cheryl Kirkman

Dana Shepard

Deborah A. Gayoski

Edardy Sukayman

Patricia and James Thames

John and Cynthia Reed

Josh Radnor

Judith and Robert Vose

Julie O’Brien

Kathleen and Vidar Jorgensen

Ken and Shelley Beeby

Krisann and Jim Miller

Laura and Matt Olton

Laura V. and Robert L. Hockett

Marilyn Ware

Maureen Gilbert

Naveed Khan

Pat and Tim Simard

Rick and Janet Manganello

Shinjita Das

Valerie and Steve Buller

David and Susan Clapham MD, PhD

Tariq and Amina Khan

Reason to Donate #12: Your donation lets us add more students to our classrooms!