Support an Afghan Girl's Year at School

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

Project Report | Mar 1, 2024
A Memorable Winter Break at SOLA

By Ariana Van Beurden | Development Coordinator

The map of Afghanistan created by students
The map of Afghanistan created by students

Dear Friends,

As the new winter school term gets underway, we invite you to join us in a look back at what was a memorable winter break. From sports to art to off-campus outings, our students stayed busy -- and to make the holiday even more special, their SOLA sisters studying at international boarding schools came back to visit and participate in all the activities. Our Rwanda campus will always be a home for our students, wherever their paths in life take them.

Here are some of the highlights of the break!


Athletics are always a central part of a SOLA girl’s schedule, whether it be during the school year or during break! Over the winter holiday, SOLA girls participated in activities including swimming, running, and volleyball games. They even made it to the local golf course this winter break to try something new.

Engaging regularly in sports encourages healthy habits and positive self image among our SOLA girls. We are eager to continue prioritizing practices and work-outs as we continue to grow our athletics program in the years to come. 

School Field Trips & Outings

Throughout the winter break, students also had ample opportunities to get off campus. Trips included visits to the mall (where plenty of ice cream was eaten!); to the Fazenda Center, an outdoor recreation center where girls could participate in activities like archery and horseback riding; and to the Gisimba Memorial Center to learn more about their work defending and protecting the rights of children in Rwanda.

Map of Afghanistan Art Project

A team of SOLA students along with Afghan staff worked together to create this outstanding map of Afghanistan. This map depicts all of the provinces of Afghanistan, celebrating its diversity and representing the backgrounds of each of our students.

Students are now busy with their studies during their winter term and are participating in Geography competitions, cricket matches, special speaking events, and exciting projects to deepen their studies. Thank you so much for supporitng the education of our students. 

With Gratitude,



A student golfing for the first time!
A student golfing for the first time!
Students at the Gisimbo Memorial Center
Students at the Gisimbo Memorial Center
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Organization Information

School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA)

Location: Boston, MA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @solaafghanistan
Project Leader:
Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Boston , MA United States

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