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Hear from Solaiman Salahi, Gohar Khatoon’s Structural Engineer

0795181922Solaiman Salahi received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Pune University in India. He currently has his own enterprise providing construction consultations. Solaiman serves on the Board of Herat Builders Association. Mr. Salahi has over 5 years of professional experience with national and international organizations in planning, designing and executing of infrastructure projects in different parts of the country. He has also participated in academic, social and professional workshops and conferences in and out of the country. He holds a diploma in Leadership from the Institute for Leadership Development (ILD) Herat under Morning Star Foundation. In addition to his professional career, Solaiman has participated in many volunteer activities with organizations that focus on the environment, poverty alleviation, education and economic empowerment.

Solaiman Salahi writes about his experience working with Sahar:

“My partnership with SAHAR started in 2013 when I was offered the job as structural engineer and construction advisor for the Gohar Khatoon Girls School Project, a school building designed with a new technique for the first time in Afghanistan. The Gohar Khatoon school design is different from the conventional school design done by the Afghan Ministry of Education (MOE) and is based on the sustainability concept that considers the social, economical and environmental parameters in design of the buildings. With this uniqueness, Gohar Khatoon has the potential significantly impact school design in Afghanistan. Over the past two and half years working with the professional team of SAHAR and other partners including the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, Afghan American Friendship Foundation (AAFF) and Lead Architect Robert Hull was a privilege for me. Furthermore my involvement with this project helped me find my future career direction in “Sustainable Engineering” to first pursue a master level studies and then work in this valuable field in my country, Afghanistan.”


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