Afghan Friends Network believes peace among nations can be affected in a very practical, incremental way: by forging friendships that enrich people and their communities.

Founded in 2002, Afghan Friends Network (AFN) is working hard to improve the lives of women and children in Afghanistan and empower educators in a country that has been ravaged for nearly 30 years by war and political strife. An all-volunteer, grass-roots organization, AFN efficiently provides support directly to the people who need it most, setting a high standard for fiscal responsibility and program excellence. We are are tightly focused on education, an area that will have a huge impact for generations to come. All of our work is accomplished on a very limited budget. We ask your help in order to continue our work.


Afghan Friends Network Honored at the UN Day Banquet at International House, UC Berkeley on Oct. 23, 2011.  AFN received the “Global Citizen Award” from the United Nations Association – USA East Bay Award in recognition of AFN’s efforts educating Afghan women & girls‏.

October 2011, AFN has been awarded a 2012 Dining for Women grant that will enable us to continue our work educating women in Afghanistan. Dining for Women is a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women living in extreme poverty.

On June 8th, AFN hosted an evening with Fatema Mushtaq, Director of the Afghan Training Service Organization and member of the 2011 Afghan Delegation to the United States. It was a unique opportunity to meet Ms. Mushtaq and discuss the state of education in Afghanistan while gaining an understanding of how AFN in partnership with Ms. Mushtaq is making a difference.  Ms Mushtaq was in the United States along with an official Afghan Delegation to the US sponsored by the US State Dept, Asia Foundation, AFN and the Hayward Ghazni Sister City Committee. Here is a recent article written about the visit.

PARSA Community Foundation Awards AFN Grant. PARSA is the first Persian community foundation in the U.S. and the leading Persian philanthropic institution practicing strategic philanthropy and promoting social entrepreneurship around the globe. Their generous grant of $23,250 to AFN will support our Girls Khurasan Learning Centers, promote the Women’s Literacy and Vocational programs, and fund additional university scholarships for KLC graduates.

AFN Board members Carol Ruth Silver (L) and Humaira Ghilzai (R) meet KLC Scholarship Recipients

AFN Board Visits Ghazni, Afghanistan with US Delegation. In March 2011, Humaira Ghilzai and Carol Ruth Silver, AFN Board members, joined Mo Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University, Bruce Green, and Dr. Brian Rose of U. of Pennsylvania and past president of the Archaeological Institute of America on a cultural and humanitarian visit to Afghanistan. While there, the delegation was able to visit many historical sites, key government officials, as well as the Khurasan Learning Centers, Ghazni Womens Literacy program and KLC Scholarship recipients (projects of AFN). The trip has gained a lot of awareness in the San Francisco area. It was featured on TV in this clip.

Khurason Learning Center for Boys Opened in Ghazni. For the first time, high school boys will now be able to complete their education and go on to University or vocational training. Thanks to our generous donors, AFN has extended our programs with your continued support.

AFN Partners with One Laptop Per Child and Master Teachers by Satallite for Afghanistan (MTSA) to enable better education for Afghan children in ruralareas and home schools


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