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

Raising the rate of literacy

Raising the rate of literacy among the Afghan population is of huge importance not just for individual lives but also for the society and nation as a whole. Classes help but so does promoting libraries, reading and providing reading materials. AIL does all of these things.

The Citadel Library in Herat, which AIL supports continues to attract people with visitor numbers of around 170-200.  AIL promotes the art of calligraphy by providing a class at the Citadel for 23 male students.

AIL’s work promoting libraries continues and it now has a library at its office in Herat which is available to all. The library contains 3,500 volumes for all ages and covering many subjects such as education, research, technology, computer, English, management, leadership, entertainment, poetry, story telling and much more.  AIL staff and their colleagues come to the library and study their favorite books in their free time. There are some expensive books in the library which are difficult to find in the marketplace.

 Akhgar, an AIL trainer  said,  “The library is perfect. I can find any book I like to study and research. I study for one hour every day in my free time. To be honest these books have changed my life significantly. I feel more able and proficient in running my classes since I started studying. I encourage my students to study in their free time and also to expand the culture of studying among youths and children”.             

Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan.

Aug 26, 2014

AIL help is flowing to disaster victims

The world heard about the devastating landslides that engulfed the village of Abi Barak in Badakhshan Province. AIL wanted to help and was part of a task force in Herat (some 800km away) to coordinate relief coming from that area. Money has been raised and used to buy tents, food, medicine, clothes and blankets. The people have lost family, homes, livelihood, livestock and are traumatized, in shock and grief stricken. They needed everything from clothing to shelter, food and hope for a way forward.

It has been a difficult time in Afghanistan with a number of natural disasters such as storms, floods and earthquakes over the past half year. In early June, a flood killed more than 80 people in Baghlan and destroyed thousands home displacing a lot of families. AIL wants to provide relief help for these people too.

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Aug 26, 2014

Changing lives through education

AIL has been helping Afghan refugees in Pakistan for 17 years providing education and health care. So far in 2014, 1,699 refugees have benefited from education classes at either the AIL Learning Center or one of 3 AIL schools.

The aim of the classes is to help these people keep up with education so they do not fall too far behind their peer group. Classes are offered in English, Arabic, literacy and sewing. The sewing class gives women a marketable skill they can use to earn money. The preschool class helps the youngest be ready to start school. The class also offers education on health matters and in one month teachers talked about eye care, jaundice and malaria.

AIL provides in depth workshops as part of its comprehensive education program and the Pakistan office provided a Leadership Workshop in April for 33 students and in June for 39 students from the schools. These are 10 day events that provide an opportunity to learn about peace, respect for others, what is leadership, how to be a leader and how to listen to others, empowerment and vision among many other topics. The workshops are interactive so students are able to practice leadership and role play situations so they are more able to use these new concepts in their lives. The session started with students writing out their expectations on paper leaves and placing these on a tree symbolizing growth and the group working on something together.

Students made remarks such as “This is a new thing to me. I learned a lot about leadership, what it is and how to do it. I think all people should go to this workshop.” One of the students said that “Nowadays we and all people every hour and every second face many problems so it’s the duty of mothers not to keep things hidden from children, but to let them know about the area and  environment which they live in. They should tell them about the issues and also let them know what’s happening every day in our world. I am very thankful from AIL staff, especially Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.”

 Your support changes perspectives which changes lives. Thank you.

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