Help a young Afghan woman pay for college
Organized by: Sara Nichols
The story of Nilab Nusrat, a girl I met in a shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, when she was about 14, is breathtaking. Nilab’s story is one of incredible grit, courage and determination. She had been living in prison with her mother who was sent there after being accused of adultery—an accusation is all that is needed for a woman to be sent to prison in Afghanistan. Nilab was about 12 at the time, so deemed old enough to go to prison with her mother. That was less than a year after she watched as her father burned himself alive. She has had trauma that most of us could not even imagine. The prison guards realized what a spitfire she was and got her into a shelter run by Women for Afghan Women where I met her in 2009. She so blew me away that I told her I would do all I could to help her get an education. Very long story short, she came to the US two years later, having learned enough English to be a speaker at the annual WAW dinner. After the dinner, I met with a few women from WAW to try to figure out how to keep her in the US. One had a relationship with the Putney School in VT and was able to get Nilab into the school with a scholarship. She is now a rising junior at Drew University in NJ where she has a partial scholarship and had maintained a 3.7 GPA. Each of the last 3 summers, I have madly tried to raise money to help with her college expenses. It is getting old and I am weary. A friend suggested Crowdrise, so I'm trying that! Nilab's story is so extraordinary, I am hopeful that you will be moved to invest in her education.