Dear Friends, 

The new year has been a busy one for us at AGFAF. We have new students in the pipeline, college applications being submitted and graduations on the horizon!  We are proud of our students and all they have accomplished - see some of their stories below!  
There's a lot more to do and with your generous support we will continue to move forward.  Thank you.

Graham, Greg, Hans, Jonathan, Joseph, Karen, Kathleen, Leo and Roberta

Newsletter Highlights
AGFAF to receive 
Empowerment Through Education Award

We are thrilled to share our news! Drew University's Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict has chosen AGFAF to receive the Empowerment through Education Award at its 1st Annual Awards Gala to be held in Mendham, New Jersey on March 31, 2014!

Join us and meet our very first graduate and Drew alumna Shamila Kohestani. Click to read more about this honor and 
find out how you can attend the Gala.
Governor Thomas H. Kean, former Drew University President and former Chair of the 9/11 Commission, will serve as the Gala’s chair and keynote speaker.

Shamila Kohestani
We'll be there - will you join us?

When: March 10, 2014 at 10:30am
Where: The Church Center for the United Nations
777 First Avenue at 44th Street, NYC

As part of the UN's 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women our friends at Open a Door will be hosting the panel “From Higher Education to Women’s Leadership” which will discuss the role higher education can play in shifting the female global leadership paradigm. The speakers will be Barbara Bylenga (Co-founder, OAD), Daniella Kaisth (VP, External Affairs & Initiatives, Institute of International Education) Leo Motiuk, Ruthie Taylor (FGC Programme Manager, Orchid Project-London) and Simin Wahdat (Graduate Student, Eastern Mennonite Peace University).  To learn more about this event, click here.
In Her Words

In a recent interview for the New Jersey Jewish News, Malahat, a student at Lafayette, discusses her educational and cultural experiences in the United States. Read her interview here.

Nosheen recently spoke to her fellow school-mates at Groton about her connection to and separation from her beloved Afghanistan.
Learn more about AGFAF

Recently, Hans and Leo were interviewed by HomeTowne TV in Summit, NJ.  They discussed how it all started, the work being done today by AGFAF and how the Community Foundation of New Jersey supports our efforts.  Click here to view the interview. 
How Can You Help?
There are many ways to help...

Of course, monetary donations are always our greatest need. We pay for books, insurance, travel and incidental needs for our 26 students.

However, in-kind donations of medical, dental, tutoring and professional services are always appreciated. Donations of computers, tablets, smart phones and frequent flier miles can also help to off-set expenses.

Hosting a student is another way to help.  We welcome host families who can provide a wonderful second home for our students during school breaks.  If possible, our host families also provide supplemental financial support during the year while their student is at school.  Host families gain as much from this relationship as the student.  

Please contact us at if you are interested in finding out more about how you can help.

A special 
shout out to
Taylor McKay!

We would like to take a moment to acknowledge Taylor's fundraising efforts on behalf of AGFAF.  Taylor has raised almost $6000 through her Crowdrise campaign. Click here to read more about her story.  
Donations can also be made on the AGFAF website: or by mail to the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund c/o Community Foundation of New Jersey, PO Box 338, Morristown, NJ  07963-0338.  
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