Our alumnae, students and volunteers are making The Initiative's vision of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan a reality by making positive and lasting changes in Afghanistan.


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Wazhma Furmuli Speaks with Refinery29

Wazhma Furmuli, (Randolph 2011) of The Initiative’s Advisory Board, spoke recently with the online magazine Refinery29 about her journey and her passion to make sure the next generation of Afghan girls have the same educational opportunities she had. Through her work on The Initiative’s Advisory Board, Wazhma continues to reinvest her education and talent in The Initiative. “We are all busy,” she admits, “but when you have a cause that is so dear to you and you actually support it, and do something every week or every month, it feels really good.” She encourages millennials to get involved in issues that are important to them: “spend a couple of hours a week and do something about it. M

Benefit Concert at the University of Texas Austin Raises Over $10K for The Initiative

Students in Marianne Gedigian’s flute studio at the University of Texas at Austin partnered with high school students from Jennifer Keeney’s Creative Flutist Service Ensemble to present a benefit concert at the Butler School of Music in Austin, Texas. Students designed and led the event; and fundraised for The Initiative, stating that “The arts have the power to speak to the human condition and unite audiences under a universal purpose. We believe education should be a basic inalienable right for all human beings.” Through online ticket sales and fundraising sites, students exceeded the $5,000 match challenge and raised over $6,170 from 49 donors for a total of $11,170 to provide internation

Robin Ryczek Leads The Initiative Team in Kabul

After serving The Initiative as a volunteer, Robin Ryzcek accepted a position in Kabul made possible through a generous restricted gift by Initiative’s Board of Directors member, Drue Gensler. Robin represents The Initiative on all matters in Afghanistan and supports admissions recruiting, summer internship and long term placement coordination as well as local alumnae activities. In 2011, Robin was a founding member of Afghanistan Music Project, a platform focused on promoting musical events in Afghanistan and supporting Afghan youth and communities in areas of music, culture, and the arts. Over the next three years, she provided training to students and worked closely with numerous Afghan m

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