connection, education, opportunity

Rikki and Karen with Shohsanam

Holiday lunches:

Karen, Rikki, Shohsanam, and Salman Haji


Bridges to Tajikistan is proud to welcome Shohsanam Sattorova as a freshman at the University of New Mexico.  She is majoring in sociology, and hopes to get some time in on the tennis court as well, since she is an accomplished player.  Arrangements for her study at UNM were greatly facilitated by Firuza Osimi, Director of the DONO Center in Khujand. Bringing students to UNM is a Bridges priority, and we are very pleased to welcome this talented young woman as the first. 

 In December 2015 as the semester ended and the dorms closed, Shohsanam was welcomed to the homes of Karen Schafer and Rikki Quintana, Bridges co-founders, and Nancy Kilpatrick, a Bridges volunteer who has hosted several Tajik visitors.  Special thanks to Nancy, and to Chris Schueler who hosted Shohsanam on Christmas Day.  She is now busy with her second semester studies.