Dear SOLA friends --
Spring is here, and the first day of school approaches.
As some of you know, the Afghan academic calendar follows a March-December schedule; the end of winter means the start of the school year, and this year, for the first time in our history, SOLA will be a school of grades 6-11. More than 90 Afghan girls will join us in 2021, and they will all take their classes remotely.
We are, as you read these words, in the final stages of the admissions process that will yield the largest total enrollment we've ever had; we are also, as you read these words, in the midst of a month-long matching challenge. A generous donor is matching every dollar raised through March 31 up to $5,000 -- when you give this month, your impact is doubled.
In the Pashto language, the word "sola" means "peace." This word is our mission and our goal, and in Afghanistan in 2021, this word matters more than ever.