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.


Hiring Operations & Finance Manager

Sahar is seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, and talented Operations & Finance Manager.

The overall purpose of the Operations and Finance Manager is to provide Sahar with the ability to deliver best in class programs for children in Afghanistan. This position is responsible for operational and financial support to the Executive Director and assumes a majority of day-to-day administrative and operational responsibilities, including database management, special events planning and coordination, donor engagement, communications, and marketing. 

Application Process

  1. A resume indicating your name, degree, year of
    graduation, name of university, previous work experience, including previous service work or study abroad and any professional expertise you might offer. 
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample (1-3 Pages) 
  4. Letter of recommendation by former faculty or academic administrator

Applicants are requested to send their complete application to by October 30, 2022. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; after the application is reviewed, a virtual interview will follow. 

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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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