All of us in the Pearson College UWC family are in mourning following the tragic death of Roshan Thomas, mother of three UWC alumni, Karim (PC YR 25/2000 Canada), Samira (PC YR 30/2005 Canada) and Rishma (Atlantic College UWC 2001). Roshan was killed in a terrorist attack at a Kabul hotel on Thursday, March 20.
Roshan was deeply dedicated to serving others and providing learning opportunities to children who would not normally have access to high-quality education in Afghanistan. The school she founded in Afghanistan, Sparks Academy, is serving an important need for quality early childhood education and a place where UWC alumni have been volunteering as teachers since its founding in 2002. Roshan and her husband also have a long history of traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide comprehensive eye services to vulnerable populations in need of care.
Roshan was a dear host mother to many of our Afghan students and worked tirelessly with her family to make it possible for students from Afghanistan to have access to UWCs. Whenever we encountered challenges, for example, with visa applications or with the complexities of travel, she was there to help out. Her life of service to others is such an inspiration. She was in Afghanistan as a volunteer interviewing students who were applying for UWC scholarships.
What a tragic loss for so many.
David Hawley, Head of College
Interview with Karim and Samira
Island mourns champion of education, killed in Kabul attack