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

Hasina's Story

Sewing Students
Sewing Students

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s sewing and tailoring programs! Each year, thousands of Afghan women and girls come to AIL’s Learning Center to take classes in tailoring and sewing, enabling them to earn an income and support their families.

Hasina is one such girl. Hasina has two younger sisters. Her father was a farmer, working on the farms of others to earn an income for his family, but then he became sick and is no longer able to work. Hasina was searching for a job when a friend told her about the AIL Learning Center near her village. She was immediately interested and registered for sewing and literacy classes at the Center. Hasina’s teachers report that she was one of the hardest working students in the class and graduated from the sewing class in nine months.

Today, Hasina is a professional tailor, and is able to earn an income that supports her family. She says, “I believe that all of my achievements are because of AIL who established this center in a remote area. I owe my life to them. They really changed my life and the life of my family. I now encourage other women to get educated as well.”

Each year, thousands of women and girls just like Hasina come to AIL Learning Centers to learn to sew. In Afghanistan, buying clothing off the rack is too expensive for most people to afford. It is common for people to either sew their own clothing, or if they are unable to sew, to hire someone to do it for them. The ability to sew is a highly valued skill in Afghan society, one that gives the women a steady income while also saving them the money they would have spent on clothing for their own families.

Thank you for understanding the value of this program, and for choosing to support it! 

Feb 20, 2015

Education - "a way out of darkness"

There are still many Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, and AIL is still working with them today.  In 2014, AIL’s Learning Center (LC) in Pakistan educated 485 students and the 3 supported schools had 1,437 students. The LC is a great resource for those who need to catch up on schooling they have missed and for others who want an income generating skill. Literacy class is very popular and when the course ended in December the graduates felt proud of what they had accomplished. There are also classes in Arabic, sewing and English.

Students often say “I can read! I was able to help someone by reading their credit card numbers.” or “I helped my mother read the paper.”  The learned skill is important but so is the boost in self confidence that people gain from having this basic skill. They feel confident about navigating life in the marketplace or around their village, now that they can read and take care of themselves.

 Your support for Afghan refugees is much appreciated. Thank you.

Feb 20, 2015

Fariba's Story

An AIL Teacher and an Elderly Student
An AIL Teacher and an Elderly Student

Dear Friends,

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) Learning Centers are a highly trusted part of the communities where they exist. The manager of one of the centers recently shared a story that exemplifies the trust that people have in AIL, and we’d like to share that story with you.

Fariba’s husband is working abroad while Fariba stays in Afghanistan with their three daughters. Fariba’s husband wrote her a letter telling her about his health and his daily life in the foreign country, but she was unable to read the letter. She took it to a neighbor, but the neighbor was also illiterate. The neighbor suggested that they take the letter to the AIL Learning Center where they would be able to find someone who could read it for them. As soon as they arrived, they found many women who would be able to read the letter for Fariba. She was thankful to these women, and so happy to hear that her husband was safe and healthy.

The woman who read the letter for her suggested that Fariba begin taking literacy classes so that she could read future letters from her husband, and even write letters of her own. Fariba took their advice, and has now been taking classes for eight months. She said “I recently wrote a letter to my husband telling him about our family’s health. This is such a big step for me, and he was very happy to have a letter written by me.”

Each year AIL’s Learning Centers educate thousands of women, just like Fariba. In 2014, AIL’s Learning Centers educated 16,490 women and girls. Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to updating you on the exciting things that AIL has planned for 2015!

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