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Help make one young Afghan woman’s dream come true

Monday, November 23, 2009 by Marianne Elliott

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Faezeh is a young Afghan woman who worked with me as my Human Rights Assistant and is one of the brightest, most capable young women I’ve ever met.

Her dream is to be the Secretary General of the United Nations and to use that position to really make a difference for women and children who experience poverty, oppression and violence all around the world.

Having worked with her under very challenging circumstances and seen her persistence and ability, I believe she can do it. She has already achieved so much, against the odds, in her own life and in the work she does for the rights of women and children in Afghanistan.

But to follow her dream and to have the most impact she can in the world, she will need to get a university education. Until now she has been the sole income earner for her family so she has not been able to pursue study full-time or outside Afghanistan. But now her brother is finishing university and ready to begin working. Now it is Faezeh’s turn.

She has been accepted to a university in the United States and has been awarded a scholarship. But she needs $2000 urgently to be able to establish that she has the means to travel to the US so that she can get her visa.

We need to raise $2000 for Faezeh by 4 December 2009. I know that with the generosity I’ve always found amongst my family and friends around the world we can do this. Please help in any way you can. If you are not able to contribute now then please spread the word.

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7 Responses to "Help make one young Afghan woman’s dream come true"

  1. Imohena says:

    Wow amazing you are almost there! Sorry I’m not able to contribute, but I wish you all the luck in the world Faezeh.

  2. Fiona says:

    Hee! I think I just tipped it over the target! This is a nice feeling.
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and have been so impressed by your work and your outlook. And – must admit – sometimes feel inadequate and underachieving when I see what you and others are doing. I really wish all the best to Faezeh! Its an honour to be able to help in a teeney tiny way.

  3. Charm says:

    Faezeh – I hope you make it big girl! This is so great and I feel so happy to be able to help you get to uni and achieve your dreams! never give up, stay strong and never underestimate the compassion of other people!! (i live all the way in australia – thank god for the web to bring people like us together!) good luck!!

  4. Are you familiar with
    I think Faezeh should be suggested as a speaker. I did not have the necessary details to suggest her myself. Hopefully you have her contact information.
    Her voice deserves to be heard.

  5. Marianne,

    How is she doing now? I help a number of Afghans abroad studying by reviewing and helping them edit essays they submit for University assessment and exams.

    Will you let Faezah know that I am very happy to do this for her. You can forward her my email address.

    Thanks for the amazing work, for the inspiration, for all your wonderful writing, shining personality. You know I only wish for your happiness, good health, success and personal fulfillment.


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