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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Christian Wistehuff Profiled in Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Alumni

Executive Director Christian Wistehuff was profiled in the Paths: Your Arts and Sciences Degree section of Weinberg Magazine, Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences alumni magazine. The article by Sherry Thomas describes the genesis of Christian's interest in women's and girls' education in Afghanistan and his academic and professional path from music and law school to The Initiative. Christian credits his time at Northwestern for the worldview and skills required to lead a “community of like-minded souls” focused on building a network of strong Afghan women, many of whom are now taking their education back to Afghanistan. Christian cites several alumna accomplishme

Volunteer Profile: Mary Mitchell Goodman, Guide to a New World

Mary Mitchell Goodman, a community and environmental activist from Weekapaug, Rhode Island, first became part of The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women while she was teaching English and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Providence Country Day School in East Providence, Rhode Island. Now as member of its Advisory Board, Mary teaches in The Initiative’s New Student Orientation Program, where she helps newly arrived students become acclimated as they prepare for their college experience in the United States. Mary's strength and nurturing qualities set her students at ease as soon as they arrive for the New Student Orientation program. For many the trip is their first away from home. Mary o

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