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.
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We would like to share with you a success story from one of our rural Women’s Learning Centers (WLC) in Herat province. This WLC is located in a village that does not have a school. This WLC began after the village came to AIL and asked for a center to be established in a building that the village would provide. AIL agreed, and was surprised when a large number of boys began attending classes at the center. There are now approximately 140 boys (of 440 students) attending a variety of courses at the center including six different levels of literacy, computers, English, Arabic and Pashto. At the end of each year, the students take the government-approved test, and are certified as having passed each grade level. The first students to take classes at the center are considered to be in the sixth grade. The WLC is now looking to become a certified school. Without this center, and without your help, these 140 boys would not have an opportunity to receive an education. Thank you for supporting our efforts and helping to provide this village with a place to educate its young men.
Imagine our delight when we read that one of AIL’s Learning Centers in a very unsecured area near Kabul had more than doubled their enrollment of students from one month’s report to the next. Imagine our absolute surprise to learn that the additional students were all boys! Immediately we asked questions of the AIL Kabul Office. They reported that a local businessman purchased computers and a solar powered device that provides electricity to the center in order to expand the programs there. The Center hired two additional teachers and is offering English and Computer courses for young men. Immediately, 58 males enrolled in these courses. The Center intends to expand this training to females once the security situation is more controlled.
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Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education. AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure. While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.
Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history. Supported by Fetzer Institute, AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film. This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi). Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.
Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:
AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.
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