Sakena Yacoobi – Afghan Institute of Learning

For over 20 years she has been fighting for Afghan children and millions have been helped with healthcare and education, thanks to her and her organization, the Afghan Institute of Learning.

She founded the organization during taliban oppression and war. Despite the talibans’ ban on educating girls, she opened more than 80 secret schools, she educated teachers and created secret mobile school libraries. Through her work, more than 11 million afghan children has hope for the future and possibilities, despite poverty and 30 years of war.

Photographer: Binniam Eskender