Entrepreneurship and English-language Instruction
Furogh Mirdad & Ahmad Wali Rostami (Afghanistan)
Furogh Mirdad and Ahmad Wali Rostami are social entrepreneurs with a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Business Administration respectively. They are certified English teachers as well. Building on years of experience, Furogh and Wali are leading classes in Entrepreneurship and English-language Teaching Methodology for Afghan youth, ultimately aiding them in starting their own careers. Over these five years, their program has enabled over 300 young girls and boys to attend universities, start their own businesses, teach English, and become peace ambassadors. In their capacity as Blossom Hill Sustaining Fellows, in August 2017, Furogh and Wali founded the Quality Education and Sustainable Development Support Organization (QESDSO), a non-profit organization supporting quality education in Afghanistan.
The Blossom Hill Be Kind Award was created in honor of Bill Mahoney, our late founding donor, who left behind a legacy of kindness through which he believed people will blossom. This is the third year we are bestowing this award to a Blossom Hill Fellow who has shown extraordinary compassion, resilience, dedication and impact in their program.
This year’s award goes to Ahmad Wali Rostami and Furogh Mirdad for their Entrepreneurship and English Language Training Program in Kabul Afghanistan. Over that last six years, their program has graduated about 300 young boys and girls. Many have gone on to win scholarships from prestigious universities, open their own businesse, teach English or become peace advocates.
We cannot thank you enough for pushing through such difficult times, not only during the pandemic but in these increasingly tense and uncertain days in Afghanistan, always finding ways to implement your programs in the face of adversity and keeping up the hope and dreams of your students.
“Among the people who positively influenced me and shaped the way I professionally grew, I particularly am grateful for the guidance, help and support that you offered me throughout the 2017 Blossom Hill Fellowship. I once again take this opportunity to thank you for all the good you have done for me.”
“The leadership course we took at the 2018 Blossom Hill Fellowship program was vital and very effective. We now enjoy our life more; we have learned not to complain about the challenges we encounter, instead, think about the solutions and turn the challenges into opportunities.”
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