In Conversation with Ehsan Ehrari: Computer Science Student & CTI Mentor Extraordinaire

This week, we spoke with one of male mentors about what motivated him to join Code to Inspire, his students’ progress, and the larger implications of the program for Afghanistan. Read on to learn more!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 22 years old, and I study software engineering in the computer science department at Herat University.

What was the reason you joined CTI as a male mentor to teach girls coding?

I wanted to join a cause that helped the women of my country  solve many of the economy, security, and social problems they encounter every day.

Which programming languages and subjects are you teaching your students?

I am teach them how to make games with Unity Game Engine and the C# programming language.

As a man pursuing a career in tech, why do you think it is important for women in Afghanistan to learn to coding?

Due to security and familial restraints, women can’t go outside the city to work. I think through technology, they can make a good income much more easily than without it. Also learning programming skills can empower Afghan women to become financial independent.  

How do you see the progress of your students from the very first day until now?

I remember my first day at Code to Inspire some students didn’t have a lot of knowledge about programming, specially gaming. Now they can easily make their own games. They improve quickly and work very well.

If you want to share a message to people around the world about Afghanistan what it would be?

I hope that the skills I’m teaching these women will bring Afghanistan greater peace and security.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Everyday I love coding more than the day before. Still, today I don’t love it as much I’ll love it tomorrow.

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WE ARE HIRING!

We are pleased to announce that we are hiring! The Code to Inspire team is looking for a fundraising professional to help us expand our reach and carry out our 2017 goals. Maybe you are interested or know of a skilled fundraiser who should apply?

Check out the job description below and email any questions to info@codetoinspire.org  

We look forward to hearing from you!

CTI FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL JOB DESCRIPTION

You:

Do you want to take part in a project aiming to educate and empower girls in Afghanistan? Do you want to help an emerging organization grow and scale? Code to Inspire is looking for a fundraising contractor to join the team and help us expand our reach and achieve our goals for 2017.

Our Mission and Background:

Code to Inspire (CTI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to teaching female students in Afghanistan how to code and find work online. Courses in coding, access to tech & professional resources, and job placement will enable CTI students to attain employment that is both financially rewarding and socially accessible. In areas where women’s travel can be heavily restricted, the ability to work remotely is a key tool in the push for equality. Access to the wealth of the global tech economy enables CTI students to add unique value to their households and their communities, and to challenge the traditional gender roles in Afghanistan with the best argument out there; results.

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Description of Need:

We are looking for a fundraising professional to join Code to Inspire Are you interested in forwarding the work of Code to Inspire and helping us in reaching our fundraising goals for 2017? Do you have connections to global foundations and an understanding of the fundraising  process? Do you have a track record of success in fundraising for nonprofit organizations? If yes, we would love to hear from you! A plus – an understanding of Afghanistan and the non profit tech space.

This is a contract position and payment will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skill set and experience.

Description of Desired Outcomes:

At the end of the 2017, we would like to see the following concrete outcomes:

  • At least $40,000 in incremental fundraising
  • Significantly expanded donor network
  • Assist CTI’s Executive Director with establishing fundraising best practices.

Email a resume, cover letter and a reference to info@codetoinspire.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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