WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Chance to Go to School (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 100) The daughter refused. Although her father the world. Jan is quick to share the honor, citing many — including Wellesley and Weston resi- beat her several times, she did not give up; dents — for their immense support. Jan is emphatic that the school would not exist without eventually he acquiesced. "She saved her life," Wellesley's Patti Quigley, the Executive Director of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation. Jan says. Not all girls are as successful at influ- Jan and Quigley met during the aftermath of September 11. Patti's husband died on one of the encing their futures, but Jan is reassured by planes and she shortly thereafter began working with Afghan widows who shared her plight, the fact they have at least said their piece. though they received much less support and fewer resources. "I have tried to turn this into some- "Each quarrel is a victory," Jan believes. thing other than hatred," Quigley says. "I didn't want to live that day the rest of my life. I wanted to "Even when Razia is gone her name will always be a part of this school…" > Deh'Subz community member move beyond it." Jan, who was living in Duxbury at the time, was a tour de force in providing aid That being said, Jan teaches the girls to to US troops in Afghanistan. "I wanted Americans to know that Muslims are not terrorists," Jan pick their battles. A couple of her students says. They talked often of Jan's dream to start a school for girls in Afghanistan; when it became who were used to the freedom of wearing clear that Jan needed to be on the ground in Afghanistan, she asked Quigley to be her US partner. uniforms without burqas during the school "We are a good combination," Quigley says. "She keeps me moving and I keep her in line." day wanted to stop wearing the head-to-foot veils to and from school. Jan acknowledged their feelings, but suggested that doing so would make it impossible for them to continue school. They compromised. Recently Jan did give permission for an entire class of girls to travel together on a school bus in uniforms, without burqas, to pay respects to a family whose grandmother had died. She wondered if she had pushed too hard; but in the end, not one of the hundreds of men or women that attended complained. Small wins, but Jan reassures the girls that, "Like a fire, it will grow." For her work with these girls, Jan was people are considered annually for this award, which ultimately recognizes the achievements of ten "everyday" people who are changing 105 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e recently named a CNN Hero. Over 40,000

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