My family and I became refugees in 1979 after the invasion of my country.
“There is no hope.” Refugees have had their rights taken away, and are mired in deprivation and despair.
I wanted to find a way to help Afghans rebuild their self-respect and self-confidence; I wanted them to be able to trust again, rebuild their communities and reestablish their core values.
To provide systematic education for refugees, I established in 1995 the Afghan Institute of Learning, which has now provided education and vocational training to 14 million women and children.
Women were able to find jobs when they learned reading and math and participated in job training.
As women become valuable contributors to their households, and are even able to teach their children, the societal awareness of women increases.
We couldn’t stop teaching girls, even under the Taliban’s ruthless ban on girls’ education. Therefore, we operated underground schools and taught 3,000 girls without incident.
Educated refugees gain the confidence, economic capacity and problem-solving capabilities to lead their communities.
We are living in a world where people are being judged by religion, ethnicity, race, and gender. People are being labeled wrongly and are being targeted by hate groups.
When you share love, compassion and wisdom, you provide humanity with an indestructible base for living in peace and harmony.