Fatima Zehra computer lab

Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club member Diana Tacey and humanitarian travel team member Susan Weidner traveled to Afghanistan in May-June of 2011 and visited several girls schools, orphanages and women's prisons in Kabul, Mazar-I-Sharif, Kunduz and Jalalabad.

In Jalalabad they were able to visit the Fatima Zehra school and conduct a computer workshop at the new Art & Computer Room built by John Langerak and the Ladies Cirlce of Holland, and facilitated a Rotary Matching Grant with Phoenix Camelback Rotary Club and Tempe Kyrene Corridor Rotary Club, which provided new computers, printers, desks, chairs, 948 textbooks on Dari, Pashto, Afghan history, mathematics, geography, science and Kandahari embroidery. Art supplies were also delivered on this trip and several art projects organized using charcoal, pastel chalk, oil paints and pastels.

Diana and Susan set up a new kindergarten room at the Balkh women's prison in Mazar-I-Sharif, after completion of a new remodel funded by a grant from INL International Narcotics and Law Enforement under the direction of CSSP Corrections System Support Program. Diana is Founder and Executive Director of ChildLight Foundation for Afghan Children and has made annual humanitarian trips to Afghanistan since 2002.

Link to Rotary District 5510 website article about Diana Tacey and ChildLight Foundation/Rotary work in Afghanistan:



Susan and Rachel conduct women's health workshop


Susan Weidner with children at Blue Mosque Mazar I Sharif


Nicole CSSP Judicial Advisor and Zubaida Language Assistant


Afghanistan Kabul Women's Prison Diana with young children


Boys at Kunduz orphange

 Boy living at orphanage


Female dentist and patient at Kabul dental clinic


Rita Thomas CSSP with female inmate Balkh women's prison