the Class of 2016

June 2016 
Malahat, Lafayette College - A.B. International Affairs/Economics. Malahat was also awarded the Paul Tully Memorial Prize - presented to the student who best exemplifies the progressive principles of social and political service.

Mursal, Smith College graduated with a BA in Neuroscience!
Azada, Muhlenberg College, graduated with a double major in Psychology and International Studies/Pre-law program. 
And two 2016 graduates from Hollins University...
Geeta graduated with a BA in Biology and a minor in Psychology. 
Husnia gratuated with a major in Business and a minor in Economics.
In addition to this year's graduations from Lafayette, Muhlenberg, Smith and Hollins we would also like to share and celebrate... Want more graduation moments?
Bahara (above) was all smiles as she graduated from Wyoming Seminary, knowing that she's heading to Drew University in the Fall. 

Having won artist of the year award for two consecutive years and international student of the year while at Blair, Yasameen (right) now looks forward to Bucknell University - Class of 2020.  

From the shores for Virgina to the shores of New York, Qamar says goodbye to St. Margaret's School and hello to Wagner College.

Mahsheed, Muhlenberg '17
, was honored twice as the recipient of both the Carol Emhardt Kuntzleman Memorial Award which is given to a sophomore or junior woman who exhibits zeal for excellence and a high level of participation that characterized the academic work and extracurricular activities of Carol Emhardt Kuntzleman and the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Promise for Post Graduate Study by a Junior - awarded to Juniors who have written excellent proposals and interviewed successfully, the first steps toward competition for nationally and internationally prestigious postgraduate awards.  Congratulations Mahsheed!
We'd like to acknowledge AGFAF committee member Jonathan Greenburg's volunteer work, helping our friends at Star Educational Society by editing submissions to Interstellar Bulletin, an informative and educational weekly containing diverse academic news, literary pieces, interesting excerpts from students’ diaries, essays and interviews.  In addition, the weekly focuses on success stories of Star alumni, several of whom have become AGFAF alumnae! 
Do you see the library below?
Some see an empty terrace - one student saw possibility - and the future site of the Baale Parwaz Library.
(see the beginnings of the transformation below)
AGFAF's mission has always been to support the education of Afghan students so that they can return home and act on their commitment to bring about social change and gender equality. This summer Sajia (right), one of our students at Mount Holyoke, working closely with AGFAF Committee Member Joe Highland, has returned to Kabul determined to build and start operating a children's library. Sajia and Joe have made tremendous progress in this effort. We want to share what has been achieved and what we hope will come next.
Before Sajia left for home, AGFAF equipped her with a suitcase full of supplies - wordless books, paper, crayons, toys, scissors, etc. We also discussed how to work with different age children who would read or be read to and how to allow them to express their thinking and feeling through art projects, play, etc. We envisioned obtaining books in Farsi in Kabul once we knew we had a space for the library.

Within the first week home, Sajia had secured the interest of the principal of the public school she had once attended (the school has no library and serves about 3,500 students) and the approval of the Ministry of Education to enclose space offered by the school to build and operate a school library. It will be called Baale Parwaz (Wings to Fly) Library.

Sajia and Joe have spent the last several weeks developing agreements with the school and a local partner with whom AGFAF will work on this project, getting estimates for the construction to create the library space and determining the costs of built in shelves, tables, chairs, etc. Sajia has made the first purchase of children's books in Farsi and is working on obtaining donated books.

Before Sajia returns to the US, AGFAF's goal is to start working with students as they begin to use the library and to identify and hire a librarian. Sajia will also do "reading hour" with a group of orphans and children of abused and threatened women currently being counseled by Dr. Rohullah Amin, a psychiatrist and our local partner.

We look forward to updating you on the progress of the library as we move forward.  Please feel free to contact us as if you are interested in helping with or learning more about the Baale Parwaz Libary.
Walls, windows and doors; a library forms! Next up - shelves, books, desks and chairs...
Jonathan Greenburg was joined by Narges, Malahat and Mahsheed at Azada's graduation.
Leo and Azada were in attendance at Malahat's Lafayette graduation.
Past SEM President Dr. Nygren and his wife came to see Bahara graduate.
Qamar celebrated her graduation from St. Margaret's with her wonderful host family, the Arguelles'. 
Yasameen was honored to be asked to carry the class flag at Blair's commencement.
to you - our friends and supporters for taking this journey with us. 
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