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Artist Profile: Zainab Ahmade


Zainab’s finished mural at Gohar Khaton.

Zainab Ahmade is another one of the winners from the artist competition. Her mural for Gohar Khaton depicts Uzbek, Turks, and Pashtuns dancing the Afghan national dance together. Zainab explains what began her journey and art, and where she is headed next.

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Artist Profile: Tahera Hussaini


Tahera hard at work on her mural


Bamyan, Afghanistan



Tahera Hussaini is one of the winners from the artist competition, and her artwork has been installed onto the walls of Gohar Khaton. Tahera tells about the process of art installation and what art means to her. Continue reading

Intern Exit Blog -Maggie

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Maggie and Ginna at the Gohar Khaton Exhibit

Finding and working at Sahar has been a dream come true for me.

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Gohar Khaton Update

April 20th, 2015

The opening of Gohar Khaton has been rescheduled for June, because while the functional building is finished, more elaborate work is needed for the school grounds -such as landscaping and stone work. Continue reading

Towards a brighter future

By Airokhsh Faiz Qaisary 

This year, Afghan women celebrated International Women’s Day with much success and achievement. If we compare the lives of Afghan women today to 15 years ago, we see dramatic changes in education for girls since the fall of the Taliban.

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Training Afghan Teachers: An Ideal Match with One Day’s Wages

Photo Credit: Peter Bussian

Photo Credit: Peter Bussian

Sahar is excited to announce a matching gift opportunity with  One Day’s Wages , a grassroots movement dedicated to ending global poverty with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. For Each dollar raised by Sahar, One Day’s Wages will match the amount up to $4,000. The donations will support Sahar’s teacher training program by providing transportation for 30 rural women to Sahar’s teacher training center.  Continue reading

Success with Gohar Khaton Exhibit

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From left: Maggie Cooper and Ginna Brelsford in front of exhibit.

The Pioneer Square Art Walk Event was a success!

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Intern Exit Blog- Stephanie

From Left: Stephanie Tam, Sophia Alhadeff, Magdalena Cooper, Ha Tran, Ginna Brelsford

From Left: Stephanie Tam, Sophia Alhadeff, Magdalena Cooper, Ha Tran, Ginna Brelsford

In fall 2013, I became an intern at Sahar and for the past year, I have learned and gained so much here. Interning at Sahar has been such an eye-opening experience for me, and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of such a hard-working and dedicated team. Continue reading

Gohar Khaton: Before and After

Significant process has been made in the Gohar Khaton Girls School remodel. Key milestones have been reached and the school is on track to open in the spring of 2015. To illustrate the magnitude of redesign innovation and hard work that has gone into the school construction, we have photos of Gohar Khaton before and after the project. Continue reading

January 2015 Gohar Khaton Girls’ School Construction Updates

January 12, 2015



Gohar Khaton is on track to celebrate the opening on March 31, 2015. The vibrant reds, yellows, and blues are adding excitement for the school’s unique design, construction, and contribution to the innovative architecture for Mazar-i-Sharif. Continue reading