Support an Afghan Girl's Year at School

by School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA)
Support an Afghan Girl's Year at School

Dear SOLA friends,

February 15th will mark 18 months since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

February 25th will mark 18 months since SOLA's arrival in our new home of Rwanda.

So much has changed in these past 18 months, but what hasn't changed -- and what can never change -- is our commitment to educating Afghan girls.

Just a few weeks ago, on the International Day of Education, our co-founder Shabana Basij-Rasikh spoke at the United Nations. Her message was powerful and uncompromising, and she used the moment to ask her audience a question: "What is one girl worth?"

We hope you'll take a moment to listen to Shabana yourself. The UN's global communications team has posted the Day of Education event here on their website in its entirety, and Shabana's speech begins at 54:25.

18 months on. We will not look away from the bravery of Afghan women and girls. We will not look away from Afghanistan.


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Dear SOLA friends,

October is here, and that means the changing of the leaves, the shortening of the days, and of course, the celebrations of International Day of the Girl. The scene was joyous earlier this week at our campus in Rwanda: we had film screenings, we had panel discussions, we had guests join us from girls’ schools all across the nation…IDG has always been beautiful at SOLA, and this year was no different.

And now, with IDG a happy memory, we have extraordinary news to share:

A generous donor is matching every donation we receive through October 31, up to $200,000.

SOLA's $200K matching challenge is on, and we invite you to join us. Thank you for being here, and thank you for believing in the future our girls will create.


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Dear SOLA friends,

Summer arrives, and admissions season at SOLA is in full swing.

It was on February 25th – six months to the day after arriving in Rwanda – that we announced the opening of the 2022 academic admissions season. Our intent is to recruit Afghan girls currently dispersed worldwide in refugee communities and bring them to Rwanda where, this autumn, they will begin their academic careers at SOLA.

As of this writing, we've received more than 100 applications from Afghan girls in 7 countries. We will be collecting applications throughout the summer and hope to send the first offer letters to the newest class of SOLA students in July. 

Your continued support of our girls and our mission means so much. We are profoundly grateful that you're with us, at this landmark moment in the history of our school.


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Dear SOLA friends,

We start this update with the words of our co-founder, Shabana Basij-Rasikh: "Six months ago, the Taliban entered Kabul. From that day to this moment, they've blocked millions of Afghan girls from their educations. I've never looked away. Our SOLA students haven't either."

Shabana's message -- part of a powerful Twitter thread posted earlier this week -- is reverberating around the world. It's a message that picks up and amplifies the themes of her most recent column in The Washington Post and of her talk at the TED Women conference in late 2021, a talk that's been viewed online more than 1.4 million times.

SOLA, as you'll see in the images Shabana shared on Twitter, is thriving in Rwanda, and your continued support of our girls and our mission means so much. We are profoundly grateful that you're with us, and as 2022 evolves and a new school year approaches, we hope that you will join us in keeping our eyes on those millions of Afghan girls for whom education remains only a dream. We will not look away. 



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Dear SOLA friends --

Our students are approaching two full months since the resumption of classes at our campus in Rwanda. They are thriving in this time of transition and hope, and as they do, we are presented with an extraordinary opportunity:

A generous donor is matching every dollar we raise through October 28, up to $100,000.

This is SOLA's $100K challenge. Ambitious, and attainable.

We hope you'll join us in these remarkable days, as SOLA's message reaches a wider audience than ever. Our president, Shabana Basij-Rasikh, was named a contributing columnist to the Global Opinion page of The Washington Post in September; since then, she has penned four columns discussing the changes that have come to Afghanistan -- and affirming our commitment to the world our students will create.

A world you will be with us to see.


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School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA)

Location: Boston, MA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @solaafghanistan
Project Leader:
Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Boston , MA United States
$52,351 raised of $60,000 goal
184 donations
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