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.
Aug 26, 2014

Nearly 100,000 Lives Impacted in 2014!

Women in an AIL Computer Class
Women in an AIL Computer Class

Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)! As the situation in Afghanistan continues to develop and change, your support becomes more important than ever to helping AIL educate, train and provide healthcare to Afghan women. During the first 6 months of 2014, your support helped AIL to provide education to 9,456 Afghan women and girls in Learning Centers and schools in Afghanistan and the refugee camps of Pakistan. You also supported training in subjects such as leadership, peace, human rights and the election for 1,694 women and girls during this time period. Finally, nearly 84,000 women and girls have received healthcare and health education through AIL’s health programs.

The AIL Learning Centers offer a variety of classes, from literacy and math, to sewing and embroidery, English and Arabic, cosmetology and even computers! Recently classes of computer students were promoted to the next level in their studies. At the promotion ceremony, a young woman named Sima was thrilled to share that because of her computer skills, a construction company had hired her! Her husband is a day laborer, and is not able to earn enough to support his family. Now, thanks to the AIL computer class, she is able to work and earn an income. Sima realizes that she might face challenges being a woman working outside of the home, but feels that she is ready to face them. She said, “I know that I might face problems because I am a woman, and there are some who feel that a woman shouldn’t work outside the home, but I want to work and will ignore whatever is said about me. I thank AIL for giving me this chance to change my life.”

Another wonderful success story came from Farima, a woman who decided that she no longer wanted to be illiterate. She came to AIL’s literacy classes, and after 6 months was able to read and write. Soon, a relative hired her to work in their supermarket. She is so pleased to be able to help support her family. Farima says “AIL has changed my life. Before attending the AIL literacy class, I stayed home every day and wasted my time. I lost so many chances in my life because I was not educated, but now, because I learned to read and write I have a job. Now, I can read, write and communicate with all sorts of people.”

We want to thank you again for your generous support of AIL and our programs that empower Afghan women. We hope that you are inspired by the hard work and determination of Sima and Farima and will share the stories of Sima and Farima with your friends and family. Thank you again for your support.

Aug 26, 2014

Thank you for your support

Women Weaving Carpets
Women Weaving Carpets

We would like to thank all of the donors who have supported this project over the years. The original intention of the project was to teach women to weave, and then that the women would open businesses weaving carpets in their homes. Those of you who have been long time supporters know that we soon realized that the carpet weaving equipment was simply too big for most women to have in their homes, so instead we decided to allow the women to weave the carpets in the Afghan Institute of Learning’s Learning Centers, while teaching others to weave. Your support through the years has helped this program to grow and thrive. 

The women have woven amazing works of art, from small carpets to very, very large rugs for the AIL conference hall. Currently there are four women in the carpet weaving program. These four women are able to earn a living wage by weaving, and can support their families with the income they earn selling the carpets. 

Again, we thank you for all of the support that you have given to our program, and to supporting the traditional Afghan art of carpet weaving. We made this decision to close this project after this report. If you’d like to continue support us, please make a donation to our project Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Women

Aug 26, 2014

Nearly 6,000 Women Educated so far in 2014!

Women in an AIL Computer Class
Women in an AIL Computer Class

Thank you so much for supporting our project to provide an education to the women in Herat Province! As the situation in Afghanistan continues to change, your support becomes more important than ever. With your help, we will be able to continue offering a high quality education to the women who rely on us. During the first 6 months of 2014, the 21 Learning Centers overseen by the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) office in Herat, Afghanistan were able to provide an education to 5,983 women!

The AIL Learning Centers offer a variety of classes, from literacy and math, to sewing and embroidery, English and Arabic, cosmetology and even computers! Recently classes of computer students were promoted to the next level in their studies. At the promotion ceremony, a young woman named Sima was thrilled to share that because of her computer skills, a construction company had hired her! Her husband is a day laborer, and is not able to earn enough to support his family. Now, thanks to the AIL computer class, she is able to work and earn an income. Sima realizes that she might face challenges being a woman working outside of the home, but feels that she is ready to face them. She said, “I know that I might face problems because I am a woman, and there are some who feel that a woman shouldn’t work outside the home, but I want to work and will ignore whatever is said about me. I thank AIL for giving me this chance to change my life.”

Every day, your support is helping AIL to education women just like Sima. Women who want to learn a skill, so that they can change their lives. We thank you so much for seeing the value in our project, and hope that you will continue to help the women of Herat, Afghanistan who seek to become educated. Thank you. 

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