Our New Name

We are delighted to announce a new name for our organization. Ayni Education International is now Sahar. Sahar means dawn in Dari, the most common language spoken in Northern Afghanistan. Our leadership team and our Afghan advisors all agree – this is a new day for girls in Afghanistan. Sahar will continue to provide education for Afghan girls – building schools, creating computer centers, and supporting teacher training – while also seeking opportunities to rise up to the challenges always present when great change is undertaken.


Sahar Announces First Fellow! 

Sahar is pleased to announce that Airokhsh Faiz Qaisary has been selected as Sahar’s first Fellow for one year beginning in June. Airokhsh graduated form Juniata College in International Politics with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. A native of Mazar-i-Shairf, Afghanistan, Airokhsh interned for Sahar during her summer vacations in 2013 and 2014, providing Sahar with reports on our schools as well as photographs and short films showing the progress at schools Sahar has built in northern Balkh province. We are very excited to see what she has to offer and look forward to working with her.  IMG_5966

Our New School! 

Sahar celebrated the opening of  The Gohar Khaton Girls School in June in Mazar-i-Sharif. It is Sahar’s biggest project to date in Northern Afghanistan. Gohar Khaton was built with the contribution of Janet W. Ketcham Foundation in Seattle. Thanks to University of Washington, Miller Hull Foundation, our architects in the US and Afghanistan. This school is home for approximately  3,000 girls. Gohar Khaton is considered to have one of the most innovative and sustainable designs in the country and we are very excited to help girls follow their dreams in this building.  Gohar Khaton front view


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