Zoha S.'s Profile
Hi! My name is Zoha and I'm a high school student living in Washington, D.C. I am passionate about girls' education and co-founded a nonprofit organization called HER, which builds libraries for underfunded girls' schools in developing countries. Over the past three years, HER has built nine libraries in Pakistan and Morocco and impacted over 10,000 students. Find out more at www.her-education.org.
My passion for girls' education can be ascribed to my family: two of my aunts from Pakistan– a developing country in South Asia with a poor record on girls' education– were denied of secondary education and forced into low-wage jobs to support their family. Now, my aunts struggle to educate their own children. I knew as early as in seventh grade that I wanted to change this status quo, so I conducted a research project to learn more about the educational struggles that girls face in developing countries. I learned that many governments in the developing world pay little attention to education, and public girls' schools often lack sufficient funding for basic educational resources such as books. To combat this, my co-founder (Hannah) and I decided to build libraries in underfunded girls' schools in these countries. We are currently nine libraries in and are excited to keep picking up the momentum!