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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Anita Haidary Returns as Fulbright Scholar

Anita Haidary (Mount Holyoke 2014) returned to the United States this fall as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue the Masters of Public Policy degree at Portland State University. Upon her return to Afghanistan in 2014, Anita worked as a communications consultant for Sayara Strategies in Kabul and at the Presidential Palace as Youth and Media Advisor to Her Excellency First Lady Rula Ghani of Afghanistan. Anita drafted the first National School Feeding policy for the World Food Programme last year and worked for Equal Access Afghanistan as Communication Manager for Education. Anita is cofounder of Young Women for Change, a grassroots movement consisting of Afghan volunteers committed to empoweri

Montclair State University Students Address Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock

Sapida Barmaki (Montclair State 2019) and Shahrzad Ahmadi (Montclair State 2021) were invited to share their personal and academic journey stories with members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR) in Manhassett, New York as part of The Initiative's New Student Orientation program. Sapida and Shahrzad received their invitation from UUCSR congregant, New Student Orientation program host and The Initiative board member Latifa Woodhouse and her husband Colin Woodhouse, both active members of UUSCR and its committees. After addressing the full congregation, Sapida and Shahrzad were invited to speak to the UUCSR Committee on Defying Hate. Both Sapida and Shahrzad were

The Initiative Welcomes New Students!

We welcome three outstanding young women of promise to our community! Nabila Haidari (Meredith College 2020) was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and attended the Zarghoona secondary school, where she graduated as one of the top students in her class earning numerous awards for her scholastic achievements in communications (essay writing and debate) as well as a certificates in Leadership. Nabila is an Accounting and Human Resource Management major. Balqees Sayed (Russell Sage College 2020) was born in Jalalabad and graduated from Alaie Girls High School. Balqees considers herself to be a privileged woman in Afghan society because of the education she has received there thus far and therefore feel

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