Razia Jan ran a successful tailoring and dry cleaning business in Duxbury, Mass., for 38 years. Her heart’s mission, though, was the education of women and girls in her native Afghanistan. Following this call of her heart, she raised the funds to create “Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation.” Through her foundation, Jan has been able to change the future for many young Afghan women.

The Razia Jan Institute opened last year in the town of Deh’Subz, 30 miles northeast of Kabul. It is the first post-secondary vocational school in rural Afghanistan and offers advanced training in health/midwifery and office administration. It stands next to another Razia Jan project, the Zabuli Education Center, a K-12 school that opened in 2008 and provides free courses, meals and clothing to more than 600 disadvantaged Afghan girls.

 Jan has received numerous accolades for her work, including the CNN’s 2012 Top Ten Heroes award. But she is most honored by the nickname given to her in Afghanistan, where she is known as “the mother of Deh’Subz.” She is a testament to what one person with vision and perseverance can accomplish.

Please join Razia Jan for an inspirational talk. The presentation is free and open to the public. The lecture is in the Morcone Conference Center at Glastonbury Abbey, 20 Hull St., Hingham, on April 19, at 7:15 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Please call 781-749-2155, x343 for any additional information.

For 63 years, the Benedictine Monks of Glastonbury Abbey have been providing peace, prayer and spiritual education to people of all faiths. The Listening to Other Voices Lecture Series, now in its 19th year, is part of their ongoing commitment to interfaith dialogue.