Disaster Aid for Needy Afghans

 
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Children waiting to receive food aid
Children waiting to receive food aid

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A Special Day – Today!  Matching Funds Available!

Today we have a great opportunity which we would like your help with. There are matching funds available for ALL donations made to this project today. This is a guaranteed bonus!

Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

The percentage of the match will be determined at midnight; the more given today the greater our bonus!

Your donations help AIL to provide food and other kinds of aid to needy Afghans. In the winter of 2014-15, you helped AIL to provide food for 200 needy families. As the international military missions wind down in Afghanistan, areas that were secure until recently are coming unsafe and AIL anticipates there being greater need this summer and in to the fall. Your donations will help AIL to purchase food to help these Afghans. 

Please help by donating  to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.

The Afghan winter is harsh and poor people are vulnerable in bad weather. AIL keeps supplies and money available to provide for emergencies. In November, 200 people received food from AIL. Basic food supplies include oil, peas, legumes and rice. This support is hugely important to these people who struggle to provide for their families even when the weather is good. Winter creates added stress and difficulties, but the donations of food from AIL are helping to see people through. AIL continues to keep some supplies and money on hand in the event of extraordinary disasters, in addition to harsh weather food aid.

Thank you for your support for Afghans.  

As winter approaches, AIL is making sure it is well supplied with food and other items in case of disaster. Sometimes the poor just cannot get by in the harsh weather and then AIL is able to make distributions of basic food stuffs such as oil, rice and beans. AIL needs funds to restock its shelves with emergency rations. The staff hope each year that they will have enough to help everyone who needs it. Weather is not the only emergency that might happen in the next 4 months of cold weather and AIL will be ready to offer help whatever the crisis.

Your support would be greatly appreciated. More information on AIL’s work is included in Creating Hope International’s newsletter.


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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.

Stills from the Music Video
Stills from the Music Video

Let’s put our hands together, let’s get together.

Our hands hold our votes and our votes hold our future.

 

My fellow citizen It’s my vote, it’s your vote

It’s a privilege for enduring peace

My dear fellow citizen, with our vote leadership is in our hands.

             On April 5th, an historic election was held in Afghanistan. Over 7 million voters participated, and the elections were generally a peaceful affair. We at AIL hosted election workshops leading up to the vote, and asked the managers of our Learning Centers to educate students at the centers about why the vote was important, what steps they needed to take in order to vote, how to research and select candidates, and how to vote.

            The effort to encourage Afghans to vote was not limited to our workshops and Learning Centers however. At a private school owned by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (our CEO) the Arts and Culture Teacher, Mehrjui, set a poem she had written about the election to music. The song encourages all Afghans to become aware of their responsibilities, to select a good candidate for President and to vote. The PSYPS Arts and Culture students sang this song at a celebration on International Women’s Day as well as at our election workshops. The song was incredibly well received, moving many in the audience.

            The students, staff, and administration at the school quickly realized how powerful their song was, so with the help of the AIL Academic Advisor and the AIL video production team, they set about recording their song so that it could be shared with a wider audience. They had no idea how popular the song was about to become.

            The song quickly went viral, being aired on Afghanistan’s National TV station, as well as on eleven other stations. The song has been played many times over and candidates running for president even asked if they could buy the song to use in their campaign. The PSYPS students and staff declined to sell the song, deciding the purpose of the song was to encourage all Afghans to participate in the elections, not to support just one candidate.

             As Afghanistan moves closer to a runoff election this summer, the song continues to be played on the radio and the video over the airwaves. In short, the song continues to encourage Afghans to participate in the upcoming elections and to make sure their voices are heard.

             We encourage you to take a moment to view the video made by the students, to read the lyrics below and to see the hope in these young people’s faces. After watching, we hope that you will stand with the youth of Afghanistan, and join us as we work with them to create a peaceful future for their nation. 

(Chorus Song)

Let’s put our hands together, let’s get together.

Our hands hold our votes and our votes hold our future.

 

With one vote, we can be our sultan, our voice

For a better choice for a better leader

 

My fellow citizen It’s my vote, it’s your vote

It’s a privilege for enduring peace

My dear fellow citizen, with our vote leadership is in our hand

 

My fellow citizen, stride, my fellow citizen!

With the name of God, we speak from the power of our thoughts

From our decision, unity, humanity and right

No longer speak of suicide bombing, explosion, but of creativity and pride

Don’t speak of the hills under the thorn

Speak of the friendship of verdant soil and the rose garden

Speak of spring, spring and spring

 

(Narration)

Let’s hope that this spring Afghanistan will turn into a magnificent garden. A garden in which the smell of every rose invites the world for a spectacle.

Let’s hope for a different spring, for a different year and for a different Afghanistan

Don’t forget my fellow citizen, our rendezvous is in front of ballot boxes on April 5, 2014

 

(Chorus Song)

Our choice is the remedy

Our choice is for the day of rendezvous

Who we want will be crowned sultan

 

My fellow citizen, stride, my fellow citizen!

 

Attend the opportunity with passion and turn the enemies into wretches

This colored finger is the guiding path and this fist is the hummer for the oppressor

 

My fellow citizen, stride, my fellow citizen!

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Project Leader

Sakena Yacoobi

Founder & CEO
Dearborn, MI United States

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Map of Disaster Aid for Needy Afghans