| Jun 17, 2019
A Summer at SOLA
Dear SOLA friends,
The official start of summer is nearly here, and for many students, that means the last day of school is at hand -- but the Afghan school year runs from March to December, and at SOLA, our girls are just hitting their stride.
Classes are in full swing in Kabul, and our students' days are packed with courses on our campus and virtual lessons provided remotely by our dedicated international instructors. When classes come to an end, the extracurriculars are only beginning -- and with our girls taking part in everything from poetry club to participating in a global essay contest, 2019 is unfolding like no other year in our history.
Meanwhile, our president and co-founder Shabana Basij-Rasikh has been bringing SOLA's story to a wider audience than ever before. Last month Shabana received her second honorary doctorate, this one from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania during their 149th annual Commencement Ceremony...a ceremony at which Shabana also delivered the commencement address. We've included a link to YouTube at the end of this message; scroll down and click to watch the speech in its entirety.
Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for believing in our students -- not just in who they are now, but in who they will grow to be. You are the reason we can do what we do, and we're happy to have you with us.
In the Pashto language, the word "sola" means "peace." Thank you again, and sola.
Photo courtesy of Cedar Crest College