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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Enrollment at the K-12 school has grown six-fold over ten years, yet the Zabuli Education Center still has a waiting list of 300 families. To accommodate the demand, RRH purchased a plot of land adjacent to its current K-12 building and plans are underway to erect a new school build- ing with a sports field and playground for the elementary-school students, leaving the current building to house the upper grades. Diplomas not Dowries Ten Years of Empowering Afghan Girls through Education In its first ten years, the school has graduated 40 young women empowered to think for them- selves. The majority of these young women are engaged in professional training or post-sec- ondary education. To provide a culturally-appropriate employment pathway for their graduates, in 2017, RRH completed another pivotal educational initiative and building project — The Razia Jan Institute — housing a two-year midwifery program. Approximately half of the women from the first three Zabuli graduating classes are currently enrolled in the Institute, including 2016 gradu- ate Uzma, who proudly declared in 2009 during her second year of school that she wanted to be a doctor. Patience and Persistence Providing Zabuli graduates an opportunity to pursue professional training right in the Deh'Subz district is a huge accomplishment, especially given the fact that many of the students' 132 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 Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation

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