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Become a Host Family:
At The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women, we know the importance of a loving home away from home means to the success of the young women scholars in our program. We rely on a carefully screened network of host families to share in the ordinary course of a young woman’s journey through undergraduate school.
The Host Family Committee of our Board of Directors is available to help host families and to connect them with our program and each other in a comprehensive and loving network of support.
If you live in or near on of our host schools and would like to explore becoming a host family, we want to hear from you!
Longtime host mother to seven women in our program, Kathy Worm, wrote the following about the joys and challenges of being a host mother:
Why would a middle-aged woman with a full life choose to bring a bunch of young women from Afghanistan into her heart and home? Is she crazy? Some days, I am quite certain that I am. Other days, I am quite certain that in order to change the world, we must educate the women of the world. Educating women involves not only an academic education, but an education about life. Smart young women from around the world need parental guidance when faced with decisions about classes, developing friendships, proofreading papers and setting up their room on the first day of college.
The seven young women from Meredith College who have become my daughters over the past six years have brought me joy beyond anything I could possibly have given them. What have we done? We have danced in my living room. We have learned to ride a bike and drive a car. We have eaten more frozen yogurt than I care to admit. We have cooked Afghan food and I have learned about the minute differences in rice. I have been a chauffeur. And let’s not forget the time that I received a frantic “I am hungry” call at 10:00 at night during spring break when the cafeteria was closed resulting in a homemade soup delivery in my pajamas. I have proofread papers and hired tutors. Oh, yeah – we have gone shopping. Shoe shopping. Suit shopping. Room décor shopping. Shopping to get out of the dorm shopping. Shopping with young Afghan women is an experience that every one who needs to learn patience should try. And yes, we have done a little bit of crying: homesick crying and too much homework crying.
But the best crying I ever do is when I watch one of my daughters dressed up in her cap and gown walk across the stage at graduation. Am I crazy then? You bet I am… crazy proud of my girls.