Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

 
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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.

Dec 7, 2010

Grateful and Undaunted

Grateful and Undaunted

 

At this time of year, we are reminded of our many blessings and how the people in our lives enrich us and bring joy to every day. All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) are especially grateful to you, for your generous support of our efforts to help the people of Afghanistan overcome many challenges. Through education, teacher training, health care programs, and emergency assistance, as one woman put it, “… AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.” We are able to serve that vital role – for the women, men, and children of Afghanistan – because of your contribution. Thank you!

 

As you celebrate this Holiday Season and anticipate the approach of the New Year, we hope that you will think of us again and make another donation to help ensure AIL is able to continue our work. You have most likely heard that Afghanistan continues to suffer terrible insecurity and poverty. But AIL is undaunted by the headlines because we know that the people of Afghanistan are working hard every day to improve their lives and the future of their country. Together with the people of Afghanistan, we are confident because we know that people like you believe in us and stand by us.

 

When you make your donation, check out the Tribute Card and Gift Card options – and please tell a friend about AIL and encourage them to make a donation too. As AIL’s founder and executive director, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has said, “Reach out to others and give a gift to yourself.”

 

No matter what our circumstances today, when we believe in each other and work together, we can be assured that tomorrow will be better. Seasons Greetings and thank you again.

 

Sakena Yacoobi

AIL Executive Director

Nov 4, 2010

Update

The story of this student illustrates the benefit of AIL’s rural learning centers:

Hayida, one of the students of the AIL women’s learning center in our village, is the most successful girl with her lessons.  She seriously studies her lessons and does her house work and in addition to her lessons, she sew clothes for the people and finds money for her family and she can buy shoes, clothes and stationery for her brothers and sisters. Her parents are proud of her efficiency and capability and they are so happy to see that their daughter is the most intelligent among all the students in the course. Hayida says, “Before I was in the course, I couldn’t dial a phone number but now I can study and I can account for the expenses of my family; also I encouraged my mother to study the literacy class.

Sep 14, 2010

Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Dear Supporters, We greatly appreciate your continued support for Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and girls! We have been given a wonderful opportunity with The Safer World Fund!! For a limited time, any donation to this project will be matched 100% by The Safer World Matching Fund! Please help us take advantage of this amazing offer to educate more women and children.

Aug 9, 2010

Summer Update 2010

Fast-Track classes offered by the Afghan Institute of Learning are for women and girls looking for extra help and to quickly further their education. Many of the older women also come to the center to learn sewing, and become interested in learning to read. In the first 6 months of 2010, there were 2586 students in literacy classes and 1372 students in tailoring classes.

Having all-female classes allows a woman to get an education in an area with conservative cultural values. A student writes: ““I was uneducated and came to this center to learn how to sew. I started learning sewing and can sew clothes for the people living around us and can support my family financially. Besides sewing class, I also joined the Literacy class and now can read and write a little. The AIL office helps us (uneducated girls/women) to stand on our feet and support our families.”

Another student is 27 years old. She is a mother and homemaker, but also interested to learn more knowledge. Now she is taking part in holy Quran class, literacy class and English class. She has lots of hopes and wishes about her future, and would like to go to college one day. She is very happy about her situation and thankful for AIL.

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