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Code School for Women in Afghanistan
Empowering women in Afghanistan by teaching them how to code to find employment as programmers.
Fereshteh Forough
Herat, Afghanistan
$22,105 USD total funds raised
108% funded on August 2, 2015

As as Afghan refugee born in Iran, I moved to Afghanistan after the Taliban regime collapsed. I was then able to earn my Master's Degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. From there I moved on to teach as a professor in the Computer Science faculty at the University of Herat in Afghanistan. The opportunities I have had in life areas a result of access to digital literacy and education I’ve been fortunate to have. This has led me to find success and opportunity including giving a TED Talk in New York City and establishing Code to Inspire. Every single girl in our lab will also have an opportunity to access education and digital literacy and they will become ambassadors of peace, freedom, creativity and innovation. That is what Code to Inspire is about.



Code to Inspire Philosophy:

I am a technologist and social media enthusiast. We live in an online global village  where no geographical boundaries prevent people from connecting and communicating.

My goal with Code To Inspire is to spread the message of peace by connecting  women in Afghanistan to technology and the rest of the World. We educate and empower women in Afghanistan with technology by teaching them how to code and once they have the skills sets they need to succeed we help them find employment as  programmers. Our goals are to educate girls and young women in Afghanistan and economically empower them by helping them find employment so they can apply the skills they have learned at Code to Inspire.

Here is a message from our female mentors in Afghanistan to you (make sure subtitles are turned on for this video)



Why Code to Inspire is needed:

We are going to be the first coding centre of women for women by women in Afghanistan. Safety, security, travelling concerns outside of your hometown, family, financial issues and limited job opportunities for women in Afghanistan on the ground are putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

At Code to Inspire we offer a safe and secure place where the girls can learn, communicate and enjoy being in an educational environment. It is free of charge for the students due to the financial situation of families in Afghanistan who normally cannot afford to pay for education. Besides providing the educational, technical and social curriculum we will teach them how to be a good leader, teamwork and increase their self esteem and confidence.

How does our coding centre work?

We cover fifty girls from different educational backgrounds.There are mentors in Afghanistan helping students in the lab. Students are challenged to find a problem inside their community and build a software product as a solution.

What We Need:

We need to raise $20,000. These funds will directly go towards establishing our coding centre in Herat, Afghanistan. Here is what we can cover with your support:


  1. Establish a programming centre in Herat, Afghanistan which covers 50 girls daily.

  2. Provide 20 laptops for the centre.

  3. Provide 2 projectors and one printer, copy, and scan machine.

  4. Purchase equipment for the classrooms i.e ( chairs, desks, stationery)

  5. Provide four expert mentors to teach the girls in our centre and assist them to become programmers.
Other Ways You Can Help
  • Help us as an advisory member by helping develop a technical and educational curriculum for our students in Afghanistan.

  • Support us by spreading the word using your social media network and publishing articles about our initiative in Afghanistan.

  • Assist us with networking and building more relationships.

"We are proud to have you as an INSPIRING friend. The generous support

of individuals like you make it possible for the girls in Afghanistan to overcome the challenging barriers. You EMPOWER THEM ONLINE and make them a DIGITAL CITIZEN of the world."

                                                                              Fereshteh Forough - Founder & CEO
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$1
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Equivalent to a 'Like' button
Every little bit makes a big difference. If you believe in our mission to improve social, economic and educational standards for women in Afghanistan please Like us.
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$10
USD
Personal Appreciation Tweet
You will receive a thank you tweet from one of our students or mentors from Afghanistan.
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$30
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Code to Inspire Mug
Enjoy drinking your hot tea/coffee with Code to Inspire mug.
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$60
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Code to Inspire T-shirt
Thanks for the support. By wearing our T-shirt you are spreading the word out and helping the foundation.
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Personal Thank You Webpage
You will receive a personal web page designed by one of our girls with a personal tweet from that student.
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$500
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Sponsor a Laptop
Your laptop sponsorship enables at least 5 girls to use it in our coding centre daily. We will put your name/logo on the laptop and send a picture with a tweet from one of the girls.
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$1000
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Personal Thank you video
You are helping us in a great way :) We will make a personal thank you video for you with our girls and host it on a web page designed by our girls and tweet it to you.
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Sponsor one Room of the Lab
You are a hero :) You help 25 girls to use the room daily in our lab. We will create a thank you banner of your name/company with your logo in one of the class rooms in the lab. We will take pictures of the banner with our students and tweet it to you. You also will be included in our sponsorship website page.
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Perks
$1
USD
Equivalent to a 'Like' button
Every little bit makes a big difference. If you believe in our mission to improve social, economic and educational standards for women in Afghanistan please Like us.
3 out of 10000 claimed
Get this perk
$10
USD
Personal Appreciation Tweet
You will receive a thank you tweet from one of our students or mentors from Afghanistan.
18 claimed
Estimated September 2015
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$30
USD
Code to Inspire Mug
Enjoy drinking your hot tea/coffee with Code to Inspire mug.
28 out of 30 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2015
Estimated October 2015
Get this perk
$60
USD
Code to Inspire T-shirt
Thanks for the support. By wearing our T-shirt you are spreading the word out and helping the foundation.
18 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated November 2015
Estimated November 2015
Get this perk
$100
USD
Personal Thank You Webpage
You will receive a personal web page designed by one of our girls with a personal tweet from that student.
7 claimed
Estimated October 2015
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Get this perk
$500
USD
Sponsor a Laptop
Your laptop sponsorship enables at least 5 girls to use it in our coding centre daily. We will put your name/logo on the laptop and send a picture with a tweet from one of the girls.
8 claimed
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Personal Thank you video
You are helping us in a great way :) We will make a personal thank you video for you with our girls and host it on a web page designed by our girls and tweet it to you.
1 claimed
Estimated October 2015
Estimated October 2015
Get this perk
$5000
USD
Sponsor one Room of the Lab
You are a hero :) You help 25 girls to use the room daily in our lab. We will create a thank you banner of your name/company with your logo in one of the class rooms in the lab. We will take pictures of the banner with our students and tweet it to you. You also will be included in our sponsorship website page.
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