About Yalda Hakim Foundation
Almost two decades since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains one of the worst places in the world for girls to go to school. Attacks against female students, their teachers and their schools continue. The deteriorating security situation and the rise of militant groups like the so-called Islamic State means the first thing that gets traded off is the freedom of girls and women — and their basic human rights. The statistics are startling. There are 3.5 million out of school children in Afghanistan – 85 percent of those are girls.
The Yalda Hakim Foundation supports the education and professional advancement of exceptionally talented young women in Afghanistan — in particular those from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds — through scholarships, internships, and mentoring.
The YHF will provide scholarships for female students to be able to study at the American University of Afghanistan for four years. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, books and accommodation on campus. Students will be able to pursue undergraduate degree programs in the following fields: Business Administration, Law, Computer Science and Political Science. The YHF will work closely with local stakeholders to ensure that these young women have the best opportunity to find employment once their course is complete.
Young women from across Afghanistan will be given the opportunity to apply as part of our nationwide selection process.