Aref Yaqubi, Afghan Photographer and Journalist

                                 Aref Yaqubi, Afghan Photographer and Journalist

 

Educating girls is not a value; it’s an obligation we must fulfill within our home, our community, our city, our country and around the world. Humaira and her colleagues at Afghan Friends Network have changed the lives of women, girls and boys in the province of Ghazni. 

After receiving a scholarship from AFN, Nageeba, graduated with honors from the teacher-training program in Kabul. Now she pays it forward by teaching at the school from which she graduated from. 

When women and girls are treated equally, with dignity and respect, and afforded every opportunity to contribute to society, families, communities and whole nations thrive. I am so heartened to know that the donations of Dining for Women participants have funded such remarkable grassroots groups as Somaly Mam in Cambodia, Afghan Friends Network in Afghanistan, and the Maasai Girls Education Fund in Kenya. I have seen firsthand the impact of these groups and countless others. Now more than ever, everyone can make a difference through acts large and small, and I congratulate you and thank you for your contribution toward ensuring that all women and girls have the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential.”
— Hillary Clinton—March 26, 2013 with Dining for Women

Fahima received a scholarship in 2009. Now, she is a sought after nurse in her district. She earns more than her father and brothers put together. Her community shows their respect to her by calling her Dr. Fahima. 

 

"Afghanistan's 100 Year HIstory Through Afghan Women's Eyes" Humaira speaks at the San Francisco Wrtier's Conference


 

 

OUR STUDENTS SPEAK 

 

"I have to say thank you to all my supporters (AFN) that helped me find my way and arrive to my goal – to make my country developed."  

~ Sameera Jafar, Attended AFN sponsored learning centers and then went on to study Computer Science with an AFN scholarship.


"I express my respect and salaam to my dear sister Humaira jan and AFN board who have been so kind to the poor people of this country. I am proud that I’m working in a clinic in Ghazni province. I’m helping the women and babies whose lives are in danger due to complications."

~  Monisa Rami, Attended AFN sponsored learning center and then continued her higher education with a scholarship from AFN. She is now a Midwife.

Outspoken student in our women's literacy class asks for women's rights classes.

Outspoken student in our women's literacy class asks for women's rights classes.


Girls in the Khurasan Learning Centers

Girls in the Khurasan Learning Centers

I'm connecting with students by sitting among them. 

I'm connecting with students by sitting among them. 


It's All In The Numbers

Raised $450,000 for Afghanistan.
Educated 4,300 girls. 
250 mothers became literate
Over 750 boys learned English
22 girls and 6 boys received scholarships for higher education
450 Male and female teachers were trained
Employ 25 Afghans
2 schools for girls. 1 school for boys. 2 women's literacy programs 


Effecting Change in Afghan Women's Lives

 watch this three minute video, you'll be glad you did

 

Afghan Friends Network (AFN) delivers sustainable programs in education and cultural exchange that promote self-sufficiency and empower Afghans, in particular women and girls. Through education AFN empowers the current and future generations of Afghans. Founded in 2002 to extend a hand of friendship to Afghans who had already been through 22 years of war and were still suffering with continued unrest.