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Introducing myself and my journal: Aid Afghanistan for Education

About Me:
The first 17 years of my life were enjoyed in Afghanistan. When the Russian conflict was imminent, in 1978, we immigrated to the USA. When my father died in 1995, I decided to return to Afghanistan, something my father had dreamed of doing.

However, in 1995, I could only get as far as Pakistan where I decided to visit the Afghan refugee camps. I was shocked to see the conditions under which the people had to live and was inspired to start schools for the refugees. In 1999, I had entered Afghanistan temporarily and was able to establish clandestine schools for girls. Although the Taliban tried multiple times to stop the women from attending these schools, to the credit of the girls, they persisted. By December of 2001, I was finally able to return home to Afghanistan. In Feb 2003, I was able to formally establish Aid For Afghanistan for Education, a nonprofit registered in Afghanistan. We now have over 3000 students in 13 different schools and, most recently, a school for boys. Over 1009 girls have graduated, many of whom continued on to University.

Recognizing that peace was dependent on both education and jobs, in 2004, I established Boumi, a home décor business focused on building jobs, saving the beautiful cultural art of embroidery and building an international market for the products. We currently produce a line called "Crafting Peace with Boumi" in addition to multiple home decor items. Farsi script is on each bird as chosen by the woman who hand embroidered it. These Farsi words mean various things including "Peace," "Hope," and other such phrases.

As of March 2013, US funding for the schools stopped. We need bridge funding for 3 to 6 months until internal funding is available. Please email appeal@aa4e.org to organize assistance. Of course, all donations will be U.S. tax-deductible. Our fiscal partner is Give2Asia.

You may also view multiple YouTube videos by doing a search for my name, Hassina Sherjan, on YouTube. Thank you for helping spread the word.

My Passions:
Afghanistan, Peace, education for the Afghan people, building jobs for Afghans

My Challenges:
money to assure that peace and stabilization is built for the Afghan people

My Vision for the Future:
Peace in Afghanistan and an educated Afghan nation

My Areas of Expertise:
International Development, education, building business

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Aminah's picture

Welcome aboard

Dear Hassina

Welcome to World Pulse! You are now part of a thriving community of grassroots women leaders and supporters from 190 countries. See the World Pulse Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

I encourage you to participate in the Call for Submissions Opportunity for a chance to be published in World Pulse Magazine. Learn more here http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/girlstransform/girls-transform-the-world...
Your story and experience helping educate Afghanistan women is one the world would want to hear and learn from.

More importantly I encourage you to write on your journal and also explore around on other people’s posts. There are so many wonderful people with such heartfelt stories who we meet over here at World Pulse.

Keep up your wonderful work. I wish you success in your call for funding.

Salaam (Peace be to you and to me).
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

fozia yasin's picture

Let peace prevail

Dear Hassina,

Salam, and welcome to World Pulse!

I salute you resolve of taking up the very very important mission of education in the worn-torn Afghanistan. We are with you in that. We are glad to have you here and look your write-ups. Wish you all the good luck.

Let peace prevail in Afghanistan, and else where!

In friendship,
Fozia Yasin

VOF 2013 applicant

Hassina Sherjan's picture

Thanks

Thank you Fozia jaan. It gives me energy to know there are friends and supporters around the world.

Greengirl's picture

Hello Hassina

Welcome to World Pulse!

You are such an inspiration and I commend you for the amazing work you are doing to bring about positive change in your country. There is certainly so much that people can learn from you and I am sure you will be willing to give members of the World Pulse community an opportunity to learn more about you and your work through your writings.

I am sure you will also find your time learning from, sharing and connecting with other members of the community, worth the while.

I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

Greengirl

Hassina Sherjan's picture

Thanks

Dear Greengirl,
Thank you for your kind words and support. Look forward to learning about all of you and to share what I can.

Warm wishes,

Ananth's picture

Welcome hassina

Hi greetings for the day. I am a greenhorn to this group, my first and foremost comment is to you. Hats off to you for such a fabulous work and I wish you good luck all the way.

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