An interview with Code to Inspire student, Fahima Esmaeelpour

Today we’re continuing our student interview series with one of the students from our new class!

We’re so excited to open our doors to a new class of young women and girls – all possible through your continued support. Read on to see your donations in action!

What are you favorite subjects in school?

  • Geography, chemistry and physical education

How did you find Code to Inspire?

  • One of my friends told me that there’s an institution for Afghan girls to learn, progress, and gain knowledge. That was good news for me because I’ve searched far and wide to better my life, and now I’m one of the students at Code to Inspire 🙂

How has your life changed since you’ve started learning coding?

  • When I first started at Code to Inspire, I didn’t know anything about coding. After two weeks, I realized just how creative I can get with website design. I hope to become one of the best coders! 🙂

What made you want to enroll?

  • No one wants to be left behind in technological advancements, myself included!

*This interview has been edited for clarity

Would you like to help us continue to make the dreams of more girls like Fahima become a reality? Support us in our work to educate and empower girls today

Code to Inspire Year End 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

We are so grateful to close out 2016 with your enormous support as our team prepares to start 2017 with renewed dedication and excitement at the prospect of expanding our efforts. We can’t thank you enough for believing in our cause, standing by our side, and helping make our girls’ dreams come true.

Below are some highlights from our 2016 accomplishments:

  • Successfully delivered year one of our curriculum to 50  girls in the Code to Inspire classroom in Herat, Afghanistan
  • Forged partnerships with Google, PwC, and Deloitte to deliver real value to our students
  • Established relationships and partnerships with key government officials in a number of countries, including hosting the Afghan Ambassador to America at our year end gala
  • Featured on Google’s homepage
  • Partnered and collaborated with other non-profit ventures to bring a broader set of solutions to the cause of women’s education in Afghanistan
  • 2016 Google Rise Award recipient
  • 2016 Athena Award recipient – UC Berkeley
  • 2016 Young Women’s Honors Award recipient
  • Made with Code Global Citizen Festival
  • Featured in the New York Times, Marie Claire, Fast Company, PBS, Take Part, and the Guardian among others
2017 is off to a great start already! We are proud to announce a new partnership with General Assembly, a global educational company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love through  full-time and part-time programs across a range of 21st century skills. Now, General Assembly will power Code to Inspire’s new web development curriculum, and we are beyond excited for such a renowned organization to lend their support to our cause.


You can read more stories from some of our inspiring students including Hasina Haidari and Morsal Fakoori as they describe their Code to Inspire coding journey. Thanks to your support, Hasina, Morsal and many other Afghan girls have hope and opportunity to realize their dreams for a bright future which includes a career development path, economic empowerment and an active, inclusive role as a Global digital citizen.

Give with Amazon Smile


Christmas is fast approaching! As you shop for family and friends, help educate women in Afghanistan. You can buy amazing gifts and donate to Code to Inspire at the same time by shopping through our Amazon Smile account. Click this link to set your Amazon Smile charity to Code to Inspire and contribute 0.5% of your purchase to our cause at no additional cost!

To learn more about our mission watch this interview with tech trailblazer and Code to Inspire’s founder, Fereshteh Forough.
Finally, last night, our founder, Fereshteh Forough was featured at the Young Women’s Honors televised event. You can watch a recap of her acceptance speech here (see 56:30 minutes in).


Thank you for your support this year in making 2016 the best year yet for CTI!

An Interview with CTI Student, Morsal Fakoori

We have another interview of one of our amazing students. Read about Morsal’s time at CTI to see how much impact this school has on our students’ lives. This giving season please keep stories like Morsal’s in mind, with your help we are teaching the future of Afghanistan!       


  • Why did you join Code to Inspire?


I joined “Code To Inspire” coding school because I have been interested in Cartoons since I was a child and I have always wished I could create cartoons myself. When I learned about CTI, I thought it would be the perfect place for my goals; a place where I can learn coding to create animations and cartoons.


  • What do your family and friends think about you going to Code to Inspire?


Since I joined CTI, all my friends and family are supportive and proud of me. They are very delighted that I am learning coding in this school.  My mother knows that CTI will help my future. I have changed a lot since starting at CTI and everyone around me feels the change in me. My family is very grateful to CTI, mentors and the sponsors who are helping us to get an education.


  • What have you learned and what experience have you gained since joining Code to Inspire?


The experience I got from CTI in one year is equal to 3 years of study at my high school: I am learning so much. CTI let me learn in a different way which I had not experienced before. I have found my way to the light. I have learned basic coding like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Bootstrap. I can develop simple Webpages.


  • What do you hope for the future?


I believe that if I use what I have learned at CTI my future I can say I will make a lot of achievements and will be one of the best female web developers in Afghanistan.

My future dream:

I would love to learn advanced coding and become one of the most successful female coders in the world. Moreover, I would like go abroad in order to continue my studies using the opportunities and facilities there and return to my country to teach others.

You can follow her on Twitter and learn more about her daily activities here.

Learn More About Hasina’s Coding Journey at Code to Inspire

Today we would like to introduce you to one of talented students at CTI as a thank you for all we have raised funds over these past few weeks. She is one of the many young women who benefit from your continued support.

In addition we would like to thank fast company and TakePart video for coming to our school and sharing our story. At the end of the interview we have put links to both these stories.

  • About myself and my family:

Name: Hasina

Hometown:Herat, Afghanistan


  • About my family:

My father is an architect. My mother teaches in a high school in Herat city. I have one brother and two sisters. My brother works in the international scholarship market through the internet. My sister is licentiate of the biology department.

  • What do you hope to accomplish by attending CTI?

I attend the CTI center, because it is the best opportunity for improving my coding skills and carry out my ideas.

  • What do you want to accomplish with coding?

In my opinion coding is the best starting point for improving new technology in Afghanistan. I want prove to world that Afghan girls are not afraid of impediments and we can be some of the best creators and most powerful programmers. I think we can solve the problems and deficiency of our society by using technology and coding.

  • Why did you join CTI?

Before I started coding I had many ambitions that I thought would be impossible to turn into reality. But when I entered the world of virtualization and coding, it helped me to understand I could achieve a great deal with the vast world of technology. My dreams are starting to become reality. I found the areas of study  very limited at university especially if you want to really implement ideas.The majority of classes are too based theory. Through Code to Inspire, I have the chance to work in a place that values my thoughts and learning skills. I can use my coding skills to create something concrete.

  • What Coding skills have you learned so far?

I have learned how develop 2D game and different applications for different computers and mobile platform by unity game engine. Also l have also learned C# programming.

  • What do your family and friends think about CTI?

My parents and friends are very proud of me. They believe that through the skills I have learned at CTI I will be able to reach my goals. They are also proud that I continue to help my friends and stay positive. My parents say that when I am around  I lift everyone’s spirits.

Here is the link to the fabulous story about Code to Inspire by Adele Peters at Fast Company.

Watch this video to see how Code to Inspire is impacting its students and Afghanistan.

Thank you for #givingtuesday

#GivingTuesday was a great success. All the donations, no matter how small, help our organization and help Code to Inspire’s students gain independence and education. Please continue to donate and share our message on social media. Every share and every penny counts!


We also had our first Annual Graduation Ceremony in New York on the 18th of November. So many people came to voice their support. Through the ticket sales alone we are able to pay for another year of education for providing Internet connection and keep our the coding school safe and warm during the winter time. For those of you who were not able to attend or would like to relive the fun, here are some photos. We hope to see you there next year!

We would like to thank the Afghan Ambassador, Hamdullah Mohib for coming to our event. 

Thanks to everyone who donated items to the silent auction.  Thank you again for your continued support!


Support Code to Inspire This #GivingTuesday

Today is a day when you can make a big impact on the lives of our students in Afghanistan who are overcoming social, cultural, and security barriers to be empowered through technology, become financially independent and raise their voices.

We aim to enable our and empower our female students to learn how to code and be difference makers in their community. Our female students represent the bright future of Afghanistan.

With your help,we’ll raise funds to educate, inspire, and empower young women of Afghanistan to pursue their dreams in the technology field and to be a role models for the next generation.

How you can be part of it? Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Consider making a donation to Code to Inspire. Donate here.
  • Join us for volunteer activities
  • Help us get the word out on social media by using our fundraiser flyer
  • Using @CodeToInspire Twitter handler and the hashtag #AfghanGirlsCode #GivingTuesday
  • Take photos demonstrating why you love our organization and post on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
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#WOMENCRUSHWEDNESDAY & An Interview with One of Our Female Mentors

#WOMENCRUSHWEDNESDAY & An Interview with One of Our Female Mentors

Today we are one week and two days out from our first annual graduation ceremony and fundraiser! Good news! There is still time to sign up and invite friends and family to this meaningful event.


We also had the privilege of interviewing one of our female mentors, Nahid Ahmadi to learn more about her experience, goals and why she is investing in the lives and future of our students at Code to Inspire.


What female leaders / tech leaders do you look up to? 

As today there are many successful women in the world. Everyone has their own features and ideas and achievements. I respect to all of them, but I am also trying to improve my own way.

What inspires you in life?

As I have knowledge of coding, I am able to teach other girls and help them improve their skills to change their life for the better. This inspires me in my life. 

When you were a little girl, what did you dream to accomplish and be one day? 

When I was a little girl in that time for females, we were not allowed to study, but my parents enrolled me in a home school and worked hard so I could continue my education. In that time I had a dream to improve my education and through this way become an educated and successful female so I could help my family and other women who need help.

How did you first get involved in Code to Inspire? 

After completing my graduation from university, one of my university teachers suggested I work at Code To Inspire as a mentor. This was a great opportunity for me to improve my skills and to learn and inspire other females in terms of coding to implement their ideas and change their lives.

What are your future goals and where would you like to see CTI in the next 1-5 years? 

In Afghanistan there is still a lack of security and women women are not able to study and improve their knowledge and work to be able to earn an income as much as they should be able to. CTI is a good environment and safe for Afghan women and all of us to work relentlessly to improve our skills in the part of web development, game development and mobile app development with the goal to become successful tech leaders in near future, to start working, to earn an income, and to help others and our families as well as creating gender equality.

What is some insight you can provide about how innovative and new the CTI concept is for Afghanistan? 

As we know coding is a real career choice which can improve our country in the part of technology, and Code To Inspire is the first coding school in Afghanistan for Afghan girls to take part in solving the country’s challenges and to participate in the local and global economy.

What excites you the most about technology and computer coding? 

It excites me when I solve problems through coding or creating an app that provides options for people to resolve their needs using it from each point of the world. This provides a feeling of intellectual satisfaction for me.

ICYMI: Code to Inspire was featured in the Guardian! Check out this article.

Thank you again for your support so we can enable women like Nahid achieve their dreams and empower other women!

#ThrowbackThursday: Our First Day at School

November marks our first graduating class and our one-year anniversary.


We could not be prouder of our students and all they have accomplished and learned in the past year.


That’s why we’re celebrating them at our graduation ceremony at Rise New York on Friday, November 18.


Join us for an evening with the Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib, and hear his remarks! Additionally, we’ll have an auction with exciting prizes like a hand-signed original LeRoy Neiman.  We will also hear from our Founder, Fereshteh, as well.


International Day of the Girl & an Interview with One of our Mentors


Today, October 11, we’re celebrating the International Day of the Girl.

International Day of the Girl was founded by the United Nations to raise awareness (and enthusiasm!) for girls all over the world to lead better lives and reach their full potential. No one understands the importance of that better than one of our very own mentors, Azita Azimi. Read on for our interview with her!

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What female leader/tech leader do you look up to?

There are so many successful female leaders in the world that I follow, but mostly I try to forge my own path.

What inspires you in life?

My goals and aspirations inspire me to work hard, and encourage my loved ones to do so as well.

When you were a little girl, what did you dream to accomplish and be one day?

I wanted to be my mother. Wars and general lack of security in Afghanistan left her uneducated, which motivated her to ensure that her children received a proper education. That really inspired me to pursue my education and employable skills.

Beside that, I want to be successful – no matter what field: teaching, law, engineering, computer science.

How did you first get involved in Code to Inspire?

I was delighted when I learned about CTI because it’s such an amazing chance for girls to learn to program and code. A few months later, one of my professors suggested that I join CTI as a mentor to enable other girls to achieve their dreams.

What are your future goals and where would you like to see CTI in the next 1-5 years?

All of us at CTI are working towards creating a safe community where women have the skills to become programmers to work on projects like web development, game development or mobile application development. That way, they can earn their own money and enjoy their own careers.

Besides that, I need to prove to men that women are just as qualified coders as they are.

What is some insight you can provide about how innovative and new the CTI concept is for Afghanistan?

Technology is so important for any country, superpowers included, to achieve and improve. In Afghanistan, more access to technology only serves to better the lives of its people for generations to come.

What excites you the most about technology and computer coding?

Developing apps. When I can develop my own app and watch as it functions perfectly, I really can’t describe that moment. It feels like victory.

Would you like to see more girls empowered through Azita’s example? Support Code to Inspire today

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