These are just some of the young female scholars from Afghanistan that will benefit from your support.
Marzia Mutamed, 20, from Bamiyan Province, Hazara
Marzia has no father and is the eldest in a family of 9. Her mother is sick and undergoing treatment. Due to their difficult financial situation, Marzia and her sister live with their aunt.
“My ambition is to empower women and to help them develop their confidence and talents, by creating opportunities for women and girls to excel in education, employment and in society.”
“I dream of establishing schools in remote areas of Afghanistan so that women and girls there can also enjoy their basic human rights and enjoy life.”
Shokriya Rahimi, 24, from Wardak Province, Hazara
Shokriya’s father was killed in a suicide attack and she has a younger brother who works to support the family. Shokriya teaches maths but that doesn’t even cover the family’s basic needs.
“If I am able to complete my Bachelors degree, I would like to continue in education as an educator and teach others; I wish to help other girls in my situation who have a desire to learn but cannot due to economic or family difficulties.”
“I want to become a computer science expert.”
Khatima Ezatullahi, 20 from Ghazni Province, Hazara
Khatima’s mother is divorced and has been diagnosed with mental health problems.
Khatima would like to continue her education and work towards supporting her mother and other vulnerable women like her.
“Upon graduation I would like to support other women and girls in education and work opportunities.”
“I would also like to remove the stigma around divorced women in Afghanistan, women face both alienation and violence.”
Hamida Ahmadi Wardak, 24, from Wardak Province, Pashtun
Hamida’s father is blind and her brother does not work. She has studied management and her dream is to continue her education so that she can support her family and support women and girls in a similar situation.
“My story is not unique, women and girls across Afghanistan would love to pursue their dreams of education, but mostly we cannot due to poverty and lack of opportunities/support for women. Women like Farkhunda were exemplars of education and create awareness of the situation.”
Amina Omid, 21, from Lal Sargengal of Ghour Province
Amina lives with her sister in Ghor. She loves poetry and writing.
“My ambition is to work hard to build strong leadership at community level where women can play an active role in their communities and are treated equally and humanely.”
“I study politics and I want to use the tools of politics to facilitate the process of peace building”.
One year university education for a student costs:
£1,530 / $2,220 / €1,950 / AFN152,240 / AED8,170