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

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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.

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