Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Dec 12, 2011

Changing Lives of Women and Communities

So many women and girls lives are being changed by the fast track classes that the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) offers in its learning centers.  This year alone we had 10,577 students in our  fast track  classes and 7,494 of them were women and girls. 

So much has changed since we started our fast track classes for women and girls in 2002 in Afghanistan.  Then women wanted to learn to read and write and to learn tailoring and other skills.  Women are still coming to us for those classes but those who have become literate are now asking for much more.  They are studying English,  learning how to use computers and communicating with others around the world through the internet.  They are asking for other classes that enrich their lives such as painting, calligraphy, drawing and miniature painting.  They want to learn more about such subjects as math and physics. And, because they are now educated and are finding their voices, they are asking for leadership workshops so that they can be active in the communities where they live. When students ask, AIL finds a teacher and starts a class.  The women and girls are still studying at their own pace but, thanks to you, they are building on what they have learned and expanding their knowledge and skills.  Most importantly, they are using what they have learned to make positive changes in their families and in their communities.

Thank you for all of your donations throughout the years!!! 

And, if you or your family and friends are giving to us this December, remember that your gift will still receive 50% matching funds from the Safer World Fund.

Sep 7, 2011

Great Opportunity for Great Project on Sept 11th

We are so very excited to tell you that our Global Giving Project, “Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls” has been chosen as one of eight projects of the Safer World Campaign.  The Safer World Fund began as a response of family and friends of loved ones killed in the terrorist acts of 9/11. It is now engaging many people who recognize how individuals can help fight terrorism. By supporting basic education, vocational training, and health care, these projects offer opportunities to impoverished people in the poorest areas of the world, especially girls and women.

If you would like to continue to help the women and children of Afghanistan further their education, please make a donation starting September 11, 2011.  The Safer World Project has pledged a total of $50,000.00 in matching funds to the chosen eight projects on that date and will provide a 50% matching donation up to $1000.  (Ex. Donation of $2,000/matching gift of $1,000; Donation of $500/matching gift of $250.00)  The earlier you make a donation on September 11 (beginning at 12:01 AM EST) the better, as when they have exhausted their matching funds, the challenge is over.

Our fast-tracking program offers women and girls the opportunity to catch up on educational opportunities that they missed during the reign of the Taliban.  At that time, they were not permitted to be educated.  Now, as Afghanistan evolves, women want to learn and hope that their country will finally know peace.

As of June, 2011, The Afghan Institute of Learning has provided educational opportunities to almost 270,000 Afghan people.  Of that amount, more than 150,000 were women and girls in our fast-track programs. In June alone, AIL served 5,038 women in fast-track classes at 28 Learning Centers.

Farida, a student at the Zarghoona Ana center states, “Everyone want to get knowledge, learn something and be educated person because uneducated people are like blind and can’t see anything.  So, as long as I be alive, I will continue my learning and get more knowledge.”

We would like to sincerely thank you for your prior support of this project.  We hope that you feel as much pride as we do in helping to improve the lives of Afghan women and children.

Jul 7, 2011

Etifaq Mosque Learning Center

Etifaq Mosque (WLC) is in a poor area of Kabul City.  AIL has been supporting the center for several years.  For many of the girls in this area, the center is the only place that their families will let them go to get an education.  Here is the story of one of the students:

I am Marofa daughter of Ali Jan.  I was totally illiterate because my family didn’t let me to get education. Corresponding to the interest I had in attending school, I joined this center. With the help of AIL; now I can read and write without any difficulties. Thus, I am so happy and thankful of AIL that contributes girls in getting and continuing their education. I wish them lots of success in this path.

Apr 21, 2011

Education Efforts Continue

AIL has opened four additional learning centers this year.  In the first quarter of 2011, more than 6000 students (the majority are female) attended learning centers in their communities and had the opportunity to study various subjects such as literacy, math, English, computers, etc.

Latifa, an AIL Center adult student says, “I was born into a poor family.  My parents were illiterate.  I attended the AIL center and learned to read Arabic.  My life has turned around and I am learning to change my family’s life.”

Dec 28, 2010

Five Reasons to Celebrate

Five Reasons to Celebrate

The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.   

Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.

  • As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!

In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible.  Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:

  • Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban.  She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people.  Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”
  • Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate.  In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.
  • AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.
  • The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City.  The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate.  The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.


Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.

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