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Alumnus investing in a better future

August 01, 2016

Mark Haidar ’08 masters of electrical and computer engineering and his companies Vinli and Dialexa have partnered with The Womanity Foundation and are investing in Afghan high school girls’ future by teaching them how to code.

Mark HaidarThese girls are part of Girls Can Code, an intensive intro-to-coding program in Kabul developed by education-based nonprofit The Womanity Foundation.  The global organization started the initiative to help galvanize and empower girls to pursue career opportunities in computer science. 

Haidar is proud to support this issue.

“No matter how busy you are, you have to make time for issues you care about,” says Haidar.  “For me, I get excited about the talent and determination that can come out of the most humblest of backgrounds.”

“So when the opportunity came up to work directly with Womanity, I did not hesitate to take part.  And I asked a few friends and colleagues to join. We now have a team of both men and women in Dallas volunteering on this project.  Together, we want to do our part to empower bright, young women in impoverished regions around the world.  When you invest your time in people, regardless of where you live, or what language they speak, you're investing in a better future.”

Congratulations, Mark, for supporting a better future for these young women!

Read the article “One nonprofit's surprising journey to teach girls how to code in Afghanistan.”

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