About the Foundation

Foundation Mission:

Our mission is to educate Afghan women to be global leaders committed to serving Afghanistan and global leadership.

Foundation Vision:

By supporting the educations of these prospective female leaders at the American University in Afghanistan and Wellesley College, we are implementing the vision of fearless fighter and peacemaker, Paula Loyd.

The Paula Loyd Foundation: Our History and Identity:

Paula went to Afghanistan for the last time in the fall 2008, working as a social scientist embedded with Coalition Forces. Before she left, she shared her last wishes with her parents: should anything happen to her, she wanted Afghan girls brought to the United States to be educated at Wellesley College (her alma mater) or other top schools in the U.S. and Afghanistan. She believed that educating these girls – girls committed to helping their home country – would be essential for the future of Afghanistan.

Since Paula’s death in January 2009, Patty and Terry have been busy fulfilling her legacy. Former sailors in the U.S. Virgin Islands, they traded their life on the high seas to establish the Paula Loyd Foundation and ensure that Paula’s work and spirit live on. They have met with people all over the U.S. and in Afghanistan, retracing Paula’s steps and connecting with old and new friends.

The response has been exhilarating, and this past summer Paula’s wish was realized: the first girl sponsored by the Paula Loyd Foundation flew to the U.S. from Afghanistan and enrolled at Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school on the east coast. This student is now enrolled in a U.S. university. Two additional girls from Afghanistan are beginning their education at the American University in Afghanistan thanks to Foundation financial support.

Foundation Board of Directors:

(Members of the Board of Directors recieve no pay, they all serve on a voluntary basis)

Patricia Ward, President

Terry Ward, Vice President

Parnian Nazary, Cultural Advisor

Susanna Barton

Susana Hill

David Person

Gretchen Wiker