The all-girls robotic team known as the ‘Afghan Dreamers’ have been rescued from the Taliban extremists that retook Afghanistan, and are now safe in Qatar, thanks to the help of an Oklahoma mom.
Allyson Reneau, 60, bonded with the members of Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team, in 2019, when the ‘Afghan Dreamers’ came to Washington D.C. to attend the Humans to Mars summit.
In the weeks building up to the takeover of Afghanistan, Reneau was very concerned for the girls’ welfare, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. She went to the sanctuary country of Qatar in hopes to use the connection she had to expedite a rescue, and fortunately, Reneau was able to pull some strings with the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the organization Digital Citizen Fund, getting the process started.
Soon enough, 10 team members boarded on a commercial flight, and the girls confirmed to say they made it out safely.
“I got a text from one of the girls that just said: ‘We did it.’ All the emotion from two weeks of work and running into a wall constantly, and burying your feelings, and bearing your feelings for the girls, it just hit me all at once,” Reneau told Business Insider.
Since arriving in Qatar, the ‘Afghan Dreamers’ have been offered an ‘abundance of scholarship offers from incredible universities’ in the U.S., giving them an opportunity to “have the freedom to choose and to be the architects of their own destiny and their own future.”
“It’s the freeing feeling to me to know that they will be able to go somewhere and get educated wherever they want.