Ambassador Jawad, president of the Foundation for Afghanistan, hosted a reception and meet-and-greet in honor of the students and staff of the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women on January 5.
About 30 Afghan students who study in U.S. colleges and universities through the IEAW attended the event, as did the IEAW’s staff and board of directors.
Ambassador Jawad announced that the Foundation is ready to help the graduating students find a suitable job in Afghanistan; this way, the students can not only gain valuable work experience but also contribute to the country’s recovery. Starting with the class of 2012, the Foundation will help the IEAW graduates find jobs in Afghanistan’s media, banking and telecom sectors.
IEAW Founder Paula Nirschel thanked the Foundation for its support and highlighted the shared objective of the IEAW and the Foundation to contribute to the rebuilding of Afghanistan through developing the potential of its people.
The students, for their part, expressed the commitment to serve Afghanistan and to continue their grad school education. They also shared their own stories of struggle and resilience in the face of immense difficulties and highlighted some of their future goals.
The Initiative to Educate Afghan women places female Afghan students in institutions of higher education in the United States. Founded in 2002 by Paula Nirschel, IEAW has grown into the largest independent program of its kind.
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