Mohammad Aziz Abdul Sattar and Nargiz Abdul Azim immigrated to the United States in 2010. Before making Boise their permanent home, Mohammad and Nargiz lived in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine. They had to leave Afghanistan when the war started and destroyed their home. Mohammad and Nargiz described Afghanistan as a dangerous and scary place during this time. They had to move several times in the face of racism and lack of access to education for their children before finally settling in Boise.
Mohammad and Nargiz have been married for 23 years and are the proud parents of five children. Samim, their oldest son, is 20 years old and taking classes at the College of Western Idaho. He is also training with a CAT company. Yalda, their oldest daughter, is studying IT Management at Boise State University. She also has an internship with the Boise School District in the IT Department. Vida, their middle daughter, recently graduated from Boise High School and is a freshman at BSU studying biology. She wants to go to dental school someday. Their youngest daughter, Marhaba, is a sophomore at Boise High School, while their youngest son, Nadim, is a 4th grader at Whittier Elementary School. Nargiz said that she wants her children to do “Something good for the U.S. government to give back” for giving them the opportunity to move to Boise.
Yalda described being accepted into the Habitat program as the “biggest dream come true for their family.” They will no longer have to worry about noise levels in their rooms and having enough space to host their friends and family for social gatherings. Mohammad said that the house will mean “happiness for our family.”