RAAGNE & Girl’s School in Afghanistan

The Power of Change Forum

This week the Nashoba Valley and Concord Rotary Clubs jointly hosted the Power of Change Forum in Concord MA, a public forum and awards ceremony in honor of Rotarian Razia Raj (founder of her Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation) and Craig Norberg-Bohn (president of Jane Doe, Inc. & White Ribbon Day).

Klaus & Glenys attended the event, because Razia’s Foundation over the last 8 years has built a school in Afghanistan for girls (Zabuli Education Center) in an effort to break them out of their current subjugation by men; a phenomenon since the Russian invasion. The expectation is that giving women in Afghanistan a stronger voice in family and community affairs will temper the more violent aspects of the society. That school now has 500 students, all girls, in classes from Grade 1 to 12.

While Razia’s efforts have exposed her to personal danger, she has also won recognition by numerous organizations, including the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.

Last year, RAAGNE (Rotary Alumni Association of Greater New England, co-founded by Klaus) organized the Rotary Foundation Alumni who contributed to that effort. So now the focus is on continuing that school support, but in addition to build a college alongside the school.

With that in mind, after the meeting, 10 Rotary Clubs in our District 7910 expressed support of a Global Grant that will provide at least $35,000 funding to Razia’s foundation, while requiring less than $1,000 contribution from each.

Also, RAAGNE today committed to a substantial contribution and will endeavor to partner with D-7910 clubs and the German Rotary Alumni Association(RFAD) for further support.

Towards the end of this forum Razia and Craig were presented with Paul Harris Fellowships.

These links are well worth viewing:




Craig Norberg-Bohn & Razia Jan speak at the Forum