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Forum in Response to the Afghan Crisis

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Response to the Afghanistan Crisis: Sahar—Education for Afghanistan Girls

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, 7— 8:30 P.M., via Zoom, registration required.

The distressing reports out of Afghanistan in recent days are horrifying. Twenty years ago Sahar was launched in northern Afghanistan as an NGO serving girls. More than 250,000 girls have been educated in 18 schools in the region, and programs to reduce early marriage and build male allies took root. Saint Mark’s member Ginna Brelsford led this project until last year, and remains actively engaged with new leaders—two Afghan women here in the U.S. whose families are still in Afghanistan. Join this forum to learn more, to receive updates from the region where the schools, now closed, have had such an impact. While the future remains unclear, and the safety of the Sahar staff is of grave concern, there is hope that the education these women have received will continue to have positive impact, even in such difficult times.

Ginna will be joined by Sahar’s Program Manager, Shogofa Amini, a native of Mazar-e-Sharif who has been working with Sahar since 2018. Learn more about Shogofa here.

Registration is required to receive the link.


September 8
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm