Code to Inspire (CTI) uses technology education and outreach to provide Afghan women with leverage in their fight for social, political, and economic equality.
We build skills and infrastructure for women to compete in the global tech market, empowering them financially and socially.
As role models for other young Afghan women, CTI graduates demonstrate that women are capable of adding value to their communities far beyond simple housework.
Code to Inspire empowers young women in developing countries to drive economic and social progress by teaching them how to code, find programming jobs and launch technology ventures. Code to Inspire (CTI) was established in 2015 starting in Afghanistan as the first coding school for young women by Computer Science Professor and former refugee Fereshteh Forough. Supported by organizations and individuals committed to the advancement of women in technology, the nonprofit training program has taught 150 young women how to code, build mobile apps and games. Over 70% of graduates have found work, earning above-average wages in their country.
Outcomes & Impact
Female Students Served To Date
Paid Outsourcing Projects Being Done Remotely
School Location At Herat
A Message From
Our Founder Fereshteh
Sometimes you don’t have the available resources to succeed but because I was born as a refugee, I learned to be scrappy and resourceful. I learned to make the best out of everything and it has gotten me to where I am today. I believe great things can start with empty hands. Knowledge is power and technology is the tool for this empowerment. That’s why I chose become a citizen of the world without considering geographical boundaries.
As Rumi said: “Where there is ruin, there is hope for great treasure.”
From the ruins of a shattered nation and the shattered lives of refugees can come treasure, if we know where to find it.
Samira Ansaria 17 year old Code to Inspire high school student was interested in improving her English and learning how to code so she could interact with more people and broaden her horizons.
Before when I saw websites, I thought that the people who had created them must be such smart geniuses. Now when I develop my own web pages, I feel so strong and powerful.
Fatema Alizadaa 21 year old computer science student who joined the Code to Inspire mobile application development class.
CTI helped me to understand everything is possible as long as I try hard, now I am able to create web sites and mobile applications and I feel much better about myself, and my future.
Hasina Haidaria 21 year old computer science student who join the Code to Inspire Unity game development class.
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.
Farahnaz Osmania 20 year old Fine Art student who joined our graphic design class
Afghan girls have extraordinary capabilities that will be far more advanced than men if they are supported by places like Code to Inspire. And I believe that the creativity and ideas that girls have in graphic arts can make a material difference.
In The Press
Sponsor one months free education for one student
Provide one month of sustainable electricity to our coding school
Provide one month of Internet for the entire school (100 girls)