Razia is the founder of the Ray of Hope Foundation, which began in 2001 when Razia rallied her adopted New England community to send over 400 homemade blankets to rescue workers at Ground Zero after September 11, 2001. Her efforts expanded to include sending care packages to US troops in Afghanistan. Through her involvement in the military’s Operation Shoe Fly, she coordinated the delivery of over 30,000 pairs of shoes to needy Afghan children.
Born in Afghanistan, Razia moved to the United States in 1970. The proprietor of a small tailoring business in Duxbury, Massachusetts, for 20 years, she served as president of the town’s Rotary Club. She is a member of the Interfaith Council and No Place for Hate, and a member of the board of directors at Jordan Hospital.
Razia has spoken on women and children’s issues at many venues in New York, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and Afghanistan. She is the winner of numerous awards for her humanitarian work.