Sara Ahrari


I graduated from Department of Civil Engineering, Carleton University in November 2000. While highly appreciating the opportunity provided by Carleton University to me, studying there made me value much more the unique and extraordinary experience that BIHE had provided me during my bachelor studies.

Being deprived from my right to access to higher education in my country, BIHE made it possible for me and many others like me to pursue our dream. A dream which came true through sacrifices of BIHE professors as well as many others who restlessly strived to make it happen.

Currently, I work as senior programme officer of a Dutch NGO, to realise the “Right to Water and Sanitation”. I use the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel, finding solutions when there seems to be none and perseverance to realize the rights of those who are deprived from them, as I have learnt from BIHE, daily in my work and personal life.  

Sara Ahrari,
Senior programme officer WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands