Afghan Institute of Learning

AIL's mission is to empower all Afghans who are needy and oppressed, especially women and children, so that they can support and take care of themselves. AIL, an organization founded and run by Afghan women, expands access to quality education and healthcare and encourages community participation in all programs. AIL's goal is to lay a foundation for quality education and health systems in Afghanistan that will meet the needs of women and children today and for generations to come.
Jun 15, 2009

First Car Wash

The Ellsworth Bands hosted their first car wash of the summer today from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. The 25 students that helped today washed 20 cars and received donations from 4 people that did not want their cars washed raising a total of $327!!. The students had a great time, got a little sunburned and let more people in Ellsworth know about their goal to help students in Afghanistan while raising money to support instrumental music in Ellsworth!

Jun 15, 2009

Swat Valley Conflict

Dear Globalgiving Donor,

Thank you for donating to our project, Help Earthquake Survivors in Northern Pakistan. We appreciate the support we have received from you in the past, and we will continue to support those displaced by the earthquake in our Educational Learning Centers (as of May 2009 there were 302 people displaced by the earthquake in AIL Education Learning Centers, and 24 students displaced by the earthquake in AIL schools).

We have decided at this time to change the focus of our emergency services project to serve some of the up to 3 million people displaced by fighting in the Swat Valley. We are working to provide food and dishes to internally displaced people in two camps near Peshawar, Pakistan. We are also planning to provide sewing training to the women in these camps.

Once again, thank you for your support in the past. We hope that you can find it in your heart to help us alleviate a small portion of the suffering felt by those displaced by the conflict in Swat Valley.

May 15, 2009

May 2009 Update

AIL recently received an update from Hafisa, a young woman that had taken classes at a Women’s Learning Center in rural Herat, Afghanistan. As a teenage girl, Hafisa began going to the WLC in her village where she became literate and learned to sew. In all of her classes, the teachers talked about human rights, peace, health and leadership, emphasizing that anyone can be a leader, even if in a small way. After graduating from the center, Hafisa was married and moved away. Hafisa’s sewing skills quickly made her popular in her new village with many people bringing her dresses for sewing. Soon, people in the village began asking her to open a center and teach other women to sew. Hafisa remembered the leadership lessons she learned at the AIL WLC in her village and knew that she could start a class. Starting a center to teach women to sew is a fairly novel concept. At first, her family ignored the requests, but due to community persistence, Hafisa’s family eventually allowed her to open a center in her home. Now she uses one room of her house to teach a sewing class and has 40 students. She collects a fee from the students, and this income has helped to change her family’s economic situation. She is respected in her community and her family is proud of her. Whenever she goes to her own village to see her parents, she visits the AIL center and thanks AIL for giving her the opportunity to be a useful person in her community. Not only did Hafisa learn to sew, she learned to be a leader and found that she could run a self-sufficient center.

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