Razia's Ray of Hope

Welcome Students!

Hello students and researchers! Welcome to the website of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers Afghan young women and girls through community-based education. This section outlines the most relevant information for students or others looking to learn more about education in Afghanistan and the situation facing Afghan females.

We know a thing or two about education in Afghanistan. It’s what we do.

Our founder and president is Razia Jan, an Afghan who returned to her native country in 2002 after 38 years in the United States. Determined to improve educational opportunity for girls in rural Afghanistan in the wake of September 11, Razia established an extraordinary school for girls, the Zabuli Education Center, which opened in 2008. Today our K-12 school provides more than 600 girls free education as well as uniforms, shoes, warm coats, and meals. The Razia Jan Insitute, sited next door, opens with its inaugural class of 22 students in March 2017. Our Afghan staff of 28 teachers and administrators is supported by a small, US-based foundation team

Here, you can learn about the obstacles faced by girls and women in Afghanistan, and the lives they typically lead. You can read firsthand stories about students’ struggles to attend school. And you can get a few ideas on how to raise awareness about women’s education in your school or community, and what you can do to help.

We are transforming the education landscape of Afghanistan, empowering young Afghan females one girl at a time. Won’t you join us?

Patti QuigleyWarm regards,

Patti Quigley
Patti Quigley
Executive Director