Afghan Institute of Learning

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) works to empower all Afghans who are needy, especially women and children, providing them the knowledge and skills to care for themselves. AIL is expanding access to quality education and healthcare through community based programming, enabling communities to develop the capacity of their people. The goal is to create a foundation of quality education and health systems throughout Afghanistan which meet the needs of local people now and in the future. AIL was founded by an Afghan woman and is run by women, reaching thousands each year through health facilities, educational centers and training programs.
Feb 20, 2015

Improving health outcomes for women

AIL runs a comprehensive Health Program that encompasses health treatment, health education and health training. The workshop program is very popular and in 2014 AIL provided 11 Reproductive Health Workshops for 390 women. These women learned about their bodies, pregnancy and birth and newborn care. They are now much better equipped to care for themselves as they go through life.

AIL’s 3 hour Expectant Mother Workshop (EM) is another quick and easy way for these women to learn what they need to know. In 2014, AIL gave 15 EM Workshops for 380 women (190  pregnant) and remarkably all of the 137 births recorded so far were at clinics rather than a risky home birth situation. In the four years this program has been running only one recorded birth occurred at home out of 439 births. In addition to its focused workshops, AIL has provided thousands of women with reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts.

One woman who gave birth at an AIL clinic and said, “I lost my two other babies while giving birth at home because my husband’s s family never trusted in clinics. Then last week an AIL Community Health Worker came to my house. She spoke with my husband and his  family about the dangers of delivery at home. Moreover, she explained the reason why my other two babies died. Fortunately, she was able to convince them to  let me go to the clinic for the birth. Now I am in the clinic with  my baby daughter who is alive and the doctor says she is fine. My husband is so happy and  he is so sorry for not letting me  come to clinic for last two births. He is now believing in AIL health services. I also thank AIL for saving my baby girl’s life. And I am going to tell this story to all my relatives and family in order to change their negative minds.”

Thank you for your interest in Afghan women’s health issues.

Feb 20, 2015

Health education helps girls

One of AIL’s focus age groups is adolescent girls.  AIL reaches them and improves their lives and prospects through its educational offerings, in depth training and health program.

AIL runs a comprehensive Health Program that encompasses health treatment, health education and health training. The workshop program is very popular and in 2014 AIL provided 11 Reproductive Health Workshops for 390 women. These women learned about their bodies, pregnancy and birth and newborn care. They are now much better equipped to care for themselves as they go through life. Many younger women have babies early in life so having access to this knowledge early is very important. The workshop participants vary in age and background, sometimes there are a few under the age of 20 other times as many as three quarters of the group are under the age of 20. Even if it is their mother who attends a workshop, an adolescent girl still benefits from the knowledge the mother brings home and shares with her daughter and the changed behavior in the household. All of this improves that girl’s chance of a healthy life and safe child bearing years.

AIL also provides 3 hour Expectant Mother Workshops (EM) which are another quick and easy way for women to learn what they need to know. In 2014, AIL gave 15 EM Workshops for 380 women (190  pregnant) and remarkably all of the 137 births recorded so far were at clinics rather than a risky home birth situation. In the four years this program has been running only one recorded birth occurred at home out of 439 births. AIL is helping to create an attitude that clinic based birth is an accepted new norm in  society. In addition to its focused workshops, AIL has provided thousands of women with reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts. Many of the females who attend these talks are adolescent girls mothers of adolescent girls.

Thank you for your interest in Afghan women’s health issues in Afghanistan.

Feb 20, 2015

AIL Promotes Reading

Providing reading material is a way to help with the spread of literacy in Afghanistan. AIL supports and runs small libraries, publishes books and magazines and receives donations of books. In 2014, AIL published one copy of its magazine “The Voice of Education”. Each issue is eagerly anticipated and read widely by many people. The magazine covers many topics from education to society, history and more.

AIL Learning Centers (LCs) continue to build their own libraries. One center in Herat Province reported the addition of 430 books at the end of the year donated by parents of students. Another center had 350 come into their collection in November and December. The new books are useful and contain information on many issues. Students and other members of the public come into the library in their free time and read for enjoyment or to answer a question or a problem. Students are learning how to research issues in books and are very thankful to the AIL staff for the provision of the library at the center. AIL even has a library started at its LC in a women’s prison!

Thank you for your support for this AIL project.

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