So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you.
First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:
With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world.
Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country.
The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning.
Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving.
The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently.
To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post!
Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news!
On behalf of Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we would like to thank you all for your generous support for the ‘Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books’ project. Although our learning centers focus primarily on educating women and girls, we never turn away students who seek education to better their lives. There are a significant number of Afghan boys who also need education. Although males have a higher literacy rate than Afghan females, the rate is still well below 50% nationwide. By helping Afghan boys obtain an education, we hope to pave the way to a brighter future for all Afghans.
In January of this year, we helped to educate 3,651 boys in 33 learning centers, 5 pre-schools and 3 schools in Pakistan. Our boys are taking courses in a variety of topics, such as literacy, English, Arabic, mathematics, and computer technology. Boys are getting an education to better the quality of life for themselves and their families, and they are receiving training they could never have acquired otherwise. They are getting careers as interpreters, administrators, and computer technicians. They are denouncing violence and are promoting human rights and education. Our organization continues to grow, helping a growing number of students, both male and female. We thank you all very much for your unwavering support!
The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society.
AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work.
Thank you for all you have contributed towards AIL’s goal of educating the people of Afghanistan. While the conditions in Afghanistan are still challenging, AIL is seeing positive changes in the lives of those Afghans that it works with.
While AIL’s primary mission is to educate women and children, AIL would never turn away any Afghan seeking to become educated. Through September of 2012 AIL has helped to educate 3,716 young men and boys in it’s programs ranging from pre-school, to literacy, to computers and more.
AIL would like to share the remarks of one young man who has been attending classes in one of AIL’s centers for a year. Ahmad is a 22 year old who thanked AIL for the school, and said he prays for Dr. Yacoobi, AIL’s Executive Director. He continues, “AIL has changed my live positively. I started studying English and computers in the center last year. Before I attended classes, I didn’t even know how to turn on or off a computer, but now I have learned well. In fact, I’ve learned to use seven programs on the computer. In addition, I’ve learned to speak and write English well. After I graduated form the course, I took an entrance exam for a trading company in my town. I got the job, and my salary is excellent. I support my family, my mother and my father with the money I receive. After seeing what I have done, my cousin is interested in learning computers and English as well. I owe all my successes to AIL.”
Ahmed’s remarks area great example of what AIL is seeking to do in Afghanistan: move the country from poverty and violence, to one of peace and prosperity. AIL’s Executive Director Dr. Sakena Yacoobi believes that this will be accomplished by educating Afghan’s just like Ahmed and giving them a path to a better life. And as his remarks highlight, when Ahmed’s cousin saw that positive change that occurred in Ahmed’s life after taking classes, he then showed an interest in education. AIL believes it’s mission is to spread education across Afghanistan in just this manner, and stories like Ahmed’s show that AIL is reaching this goal.
Don’t forget! The holidays are a great time to share your passion for AIL and the great work that they do! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to AIL’s projects. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help AIL take advantage of this opportunity early!
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