Take Action this World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day serves as a powerful reminder of the struggles faced by millions of displaced individuals around the world. This year, as we commemorate this important day, we want to highlight the urgent need for support and solidarity with Afghan refugees. Sahar Education is calling upon our dedicated supporters to rally behind the Afghan Adjustment Act (S.4787) and advocate for its passage. Let us explore the significance of this legislation and how it can positively impact the lives of Afghan refugees.

The Afghan Adjustment Act: An Opportunity for Hope

The Afghan Adjustment Act (S.4787) is a crucial piece of legislation that aims to provide a pathway to permanent residency for Afghan nationals who have been forced to flee their homeland due to conflict, violence, and persecution. This act acknowledges the dire circumstances faced by Afghan refugees and seeks to offer them the opportunity to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

Supporting the Afghan Adjustment Act: Why it Matters

Providing Safety and Stability: The Afghan Adjustment Act offers a lifeline to Afghan refugees by granting them lawful permanent resident status. This vital provision ensures their safety and protection, allowing them to rebuild their lives without fear of deportation to a volatile and dangerous environment.

Fostering Integration and Rebuilding: By offering Afghan refugees the opportunity to become permanent residents, the act enables them to fully integrate into their host communities. Access to employment, education, and social services empowers refugees to contribute to their new societies and rebuild their lives with a sense of stability and dignity.

Recognizing Contributions and Shared Values: Afghan refugees bring a wealth of knowledge, skills, and cultural diversity to their host countries. By advocating for the Afghan Adjustment Act, we affirm the valuable contributions made by Afghan refugees and recognize the shared values of compassion, tolerance, and inclusivity that underpin our communities.

Taking Action: How Sahar Education Supporters Can Make a Difference

Contact Your Representatives: Reach out to your elected officials and express your support for the Afghan Adjustment Act (S.4787). Urge them to co-sponsor the bill and push for its passage. Let them know that as a Sahar Education supporter, you believe in providing a safe and stable future for Afghan refugees.

Raise Awareness: Utilize the power of social media, community events, and local networks to raise awareness about the Afghan Adjustment Act. Share stories and testimonies of Afghan refugees, highlighting the challenges they face and the opportunities the act can provide.

Collaborate with Advocacy Groups: Join forces with organizations and advocacy groups working towards refugee rights. Together, we can amplify our voices, create a stronger impact, and push for positive change.

Support Sahar Education’s Efforts: Sahar Education is committed to empowering Afghan girls and women through education. By supporting our programs, you directly contribute to the resilience and future prospects of Afghan refugees. Your donations and involvement make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected.

Read more about the Afghan Adjustment Act

On this World Refugee Day, let us stand together and advocate for the Afghan Adjustment Act (S.4787). By supporting this legislation, we have the power to provide Afghan refugees with hope, stability, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Together, as Sahar Education supporters, we can make a lasting impact and demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the rights and well-being of refugees worldwide. Let us seize this moment to foster compassion, unity, and justice for all.

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Panel Discussion: New Academic Year Under the Taliban rule: Millions of Girls Out of School

March 21st marked the start of a new academic year in Afghanistan. The Taliban have yet again, kept millions of girls out of school. Sahar Education is hosting an informative panel discussion on April 19th at 5:30 PM PST, to shed light on another academic year with no girls in secondary and higher education.

Join us by registering through this link , and be a part of the conversation on how we can break down these barriers and empower girls to pursue their dreams.


Welcome to our new Executive Director

After an extensive search, the Board is thrilled that Meetra Alokozay will join us as Executive Director on March 14th.  As a passionate advocate for social justice and gender equality, Meetra has worked with non-profit organizations, focusing on youth and women empowerment through education in Afghanistan and in the United States.  Her experiences with diverse communities have enabled Meetra to build a rapport with a number of grassroot organizations. Meetra will take advantage of her network in the education arena in Afghanistan to lead Sahar’s next chapter.

“Having lived and worked in Afghanistan for most of my life, I recognize the importance of the work Sahar is doing in helping improve girls’ lives in Afghanistan. My lived experiences as an Afghan woman, and background with American Councils for International Education in Afghanistan has led to an in-depth understanding of the educational needs of Afghan women and girls and the social and cultural barriers around it.” –Meetra Alokozay

Meetra earned her master’s degree in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago through the Fulbright program in May 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration with a minor in Law from the American University of Afghanistan.

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Altruistically Speaking podcast: Educating and empowering girls in Afghanistan

Our Sahar Fellow Malahat Mazaher sat down with Dave Tomlinson of Altruistically Speaking, a podcast that shines a light on those people who make a real difference in our world, every day. In this episode, Malahat and Dave discuss the work of Sahar, what drives Malahat to do the work she does, and Sahar’s Early Marriage Prevention Initiative.

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