CNN HeroesIn Afghanistan, it’s tough to be a little girl. They grow up and grow old very quickly, often treated more like property than people. But for some there is hope. SDI has been supporting an amazing woman, Razia Jan, who, after 35 years in the U.S., returned to start the only free private school for young girls in Afghanistan. Razia Jan has just been named one of the 10 CNN Hero Finalists for 2012!

Against all odds  Razia Jan faced down the men who insisted  girls didn’t deserve a school and now has their full support. In four years the school has grown to 350  young girls who have a chance to  learn, to dream and to believe in a future.

You can see Razia’s story on the CNN website. Will you please vote for her? Your vote will really matter.

Vote for Razia Jan 2012 CNN Hero of the Year
The winner of CNN Hero 2012 receives $250,000. Razia will use that money to train her young graduates to become teachers, staying in Afghanistan to give the gift of education to other young girls. We can help Razia change Afghanistan. You can vote up to 10x per day for each of your email addresses.

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