WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

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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in march of 2008, 109 girls ranging in age from four to fifteen years old stepped through the bright red doors of the new Zabuli Education Center for Girls located north of Kabul, Afghanistan to began a courageous journey that would change their lives forever: from illiteracy to empowerment. Educating Girls, Improving Communities, Spreading Peace Afghan native Razia Jan, together with Wellesley resident Patti Quigley, started the humanitar- ian nonprofit Razia's Ray of Hope (RRH) Foundation that built the Zabuli Education Center. The school is located in the district of Deh'Subz composed of several villages with approxi- mately 100,000 residents, including nomadic families. The poor, conservative region has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world and, until the Zabuli Center, no school for girls. Patti and Razia met during the aftermath of September 11. Patti, whose husband, Patrick died on one of the planes flown into the World Trade Center, experienced firsthand the far- reaching and dire consequences of illiteracy, poverty, and oppression. She and Razia shared a commitment to help break this vicious cycle. Razia left her comfortable life as a seamstress south of Boston, returning to her country of birth to oversee the construction and launch of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation Celebrates Ten Years E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS 128 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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