Razia Jan – Activist fighting against Taliban for Girls Education

Razia Jan, was born in Afghanistan, and has worked for decades to bring together the Americans and the Afghans. Razia moved to the US in 1970. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Jordan Hospital, the No Place for Hate and Interfaith Council.
On September 11, 2001, Razia suggested her New England people to send 400 homemade sheets to save the people working at Ground Zero. Her efforts included mailing care boxes to US military in Afghanistan. With her participation in the troop’s Operation Shoe Fly, she managed the delivery of over 30,000 boxes of shoes to Afghan children who needed them. The quilts she made herself, in the memory of September 11, have been shown at Madison Square Garden, and at fire stations in Massachusetts and New York.

Video: Razia Jan – CNN Hero Tribute

In October 2008, Razia went back to Kabul, where she is creating and handling support projects for Afghan weavers and their family.

Ray of Hope Foundation

Razia Jan is the creator of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, an organization with no profit purpose, focused on making better the lives of children and women in Afghanistan, with education based on each community. Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation has been formed by the vision and spirit of Razia Jan. Creator of the Zabuli Education Center, Razia has dedicated several years to bring together Americans and Afghans.


Razia got various awards for her humanitarian task, among them the 2007 Woman of Excellence award from Germaine Lawrence Inc. And certificates of appreciation from the American Legion and the Army Corps of Engineers etc. In 2011 Razia had been honored by the Duxbury Rotary Club with their Amazing Woman of the Year Award. In 2012, Razia was given the title of a CNN Top 10 Hero.

CNN Hero Nomination

Here is a part of the interview with a CNN reporter

CNN: What do you want the world to know most about your humanitarian task?
Jan: All my life, I did my best to be an aid to animals and people who needed it; even what I did was in the most humble way that I could reach. It took me a lot of courage and determination to set up the first girls’ school in a place where the girls did not have a value. Now, with a lot of dedication and work, I have shown to the men of seven rural areas around the school, which this is the best gift that has been given to their daughters to get a great education basis.

Razia Jan is striving to educate girls in the rural area of Afghanistan, where the terrorism will not stop anywhere to keep them from being educated.
No matter the danger of violence, Jan keeps on opening the doors of her Zabuli Education Center. She and her people are offering a no cost education to approximately 350 young ladies, several of whom would not normally get access to a school or education.

Razia also got the 2013 Speak for Thyself from The Alden House Historic Site and the 2013 American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council Award.