About the time Susan started hearing that the 9/11 terrorists were trained in Afghanistan, she saw an Oprah show about the hopeless lives of Afghan women. Struck by the images, Susan learned there were almost 1 million widowed women just like herself in the war torn country.
"I just could not imagine living in Afghanistan and having had the same thing happen to me. Losing my husband and not being able to support my children—not knowing where the next meal was going to come from," says Susan.
Susan shared her feelings with Patti and together they decided to take action. Despite the fact that the women came from a country where terrorists were trained to kill their husbands, they got to work—knowing that helping these women was a chance to heal themselves.