Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan

 
$61,150
$11,851
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Remaining
Mar 5, 2012

2011 a Great Success

April dedication at location of planned sidewalk
April dedication at location of planned sidewalk

We have just updated the project's fundraising goal and plans for using future contributions. Please continue to support this growing girls' school in 2012! Please note that the Safer World Fund continues to provide a 50% match until their funds run out. And Global Giving will add another 30% for all donations made on March 14. Mark your calendar!

I am pleased to report that 2011 was a great success. With your help, we met our goal of raising $50,000* to complete the work we had planned on this girls' school. We worked with the community to build the kindergarten rooms, 500 student desks, desks for teachers, library shelves, a latrine, and a guard room. As previously reported, we formally dedicated the school in April. Later in the year we reached a major milestone with the graduation of the first 40 girls from 12th grade! And 250 kindergarteners will enroll in the spring. Thank you so much for your help!

There is more to do. Looking forward to 2012, we have plans to build a driveway and a sidewalk, plus a drainage system behind the school. In addition, as part of our goal of helping the 12 schools for girls that we have built in Balkh Province improve their curricula and become self-sustaining, we have hired two Afghan women--a college educated teacher and an assistant--to serve as liaisons between our office and the schools. These women will provide communications between our office and the schools. They will play a critical role in helping us overcome language, cultural and security issues that sometimes make it difficult to visit the schools or to communicate with the staff, students, parents and other members of the community.

I am also pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council honored Ayni's founder, Julie Bolz, for her work to build Afghan schools with the 2011 World Citizen Award. See the link below.

*That includes over $28,000 in individual donations through Global Giving, over $12,000 in matching funds from the Safer World Fund, and private contributions from other sources.

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Nov 28, 2011

2011 Holiday Season Report

Interested in making a tribute gift to someone this holiday season?  Please consider donating to this Afghan girls' school in the recipient's honor! And there is a bonus: The Safer World Fund will match your donation at 50%.

It's easy to do. Just start your donation on the project's home page. Select a donation amount and then select "YES" from the drop-down list next to "Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?"  Click on donate, then proceed to follow the directions. You can choose a design for the card to the recipient and add a message. Global Giving will send it via email or regular mail.

A boost in giving during the holidays will help Ayni Education International meet its commitment to this community for 2012. Given the current situation in Afghanistan, we are more determined than ever to help them make their girls' school fully operational next year. Thank you so much for your interest and support.

Warmest wishes for the Holidays!

Oct 23, 2011

October 19 results

Thanks to the generosity of 18 donors and matching funds from the Safer World Fund (50%) and Global Giving (30%), we raised a total of $4,600 on October 19. These contributions also helped us get a lot closer to our goal of being featured on The Girl Effect's fundraising page at GlobalGiving, and receiving a share of all donations made to The Girl Effect for a full year.  

The Safer World Fund match and Girl Effect contest continues. Please tell others when you have the chance.

With your help, we've made much progress at the school since its dedication in May. Among other things, we bought the materials for the desks and expect them to be completed by the end of October. As of the date of this report, we still need about $23,000 to complete the work we have planned. Please help if you can!

Ayni Education International has rebuilt its website. Check it out a the link below!

Given the current situation in Afghanistan, Ayni is more commited than ever to supporting this school. Thank you so much for your interest and support.

Oct 16, 2011

Afghan Girls' School Update

Greetings friends and supporters.

We are making great progress toward our fundraising goal for this Afghan girls school with your help and a generous boost from matching funds made available by the Safer World Fund, announced on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Their goal: provide education, health care, and economic opportunity to counter the influence of extremists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. They want to build a world in which the appeal of lives lived in dignity, opportunity, and hope triumphs over the allure of extremism and its use of terrorist tactics. Thank you Safer World Fund!

3 for 1 on October 19th. October 19th will be a special day for our fundraising efforts, for three reasons. First, the Safer World Fund's match will still be available.  The Fund will match up to $2,000 in donations from any individual donor. 

Second, GlobalGiving has announced that they will be adding a 30% match to donations made to all projects on October 19th. So on that date a donation to our project will be matched at 80%! Total matching funds are limited to $100,000; the earlier the donation the better.

Third, donations made on that date will help our project in The Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15th to November 15th. Any donation made during that period will help us achieve the goal of being featured on The Girl Effect's fundraising page at Global Giving, and receiving a share of all donations made to The Girl Effect for a full year.  

Please consider a donation on October 19, and tell your friends about this special opportunity.

With your help, we've made more progress at the school since its dedication in May. Among other things, we bought the materials for the desks and expect them to be completed by the end of October. As of the date of this report, we still need about $28,000 to complete the work we have planned. Please help if you can!

Ayni Education International has remade its website. Check it out a the link below!

Given the current situation in Afghanistan, Ayni is more commited than ever to supporting this school. Thank you so much for your interest and support.

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Aug 9, 2011

Girls School Project--Project Update

Singing at a School Dedication
Singing at a School Dedication

Greetings Friends, Followers and Supporters,

Ayni Education International founder Julie Bolz and executive director Ginna Brelsford have just returned from a trip to Afghanistan.  During their three weeks in Mazar-i-Sharif , they helped dedicate the largest school project. The school, constructed with local Afghan labor under the guidance of Ayni’s on the ground partner, Afghanistan-American Friendship Foundation, was completed in May. The school will house over 3,000 girls and is expected to grow to 4,000 within the year. While the school is now completed, desks are desperately needed along with fans. As we raise additional funds, they will pay for a number of other exciting projects we have planned for the school, including a playground and the addition of a kindergarten.

Your continued interests and support help educate girls in Afghanistan in an environment that fosters learning as a way to develop society and deepen girls’ understanding of their options in life. When Julie Bolz asked one girl what she wanted to be when she grew up she said, “A doctor of course.”

From Texas to Afghanistan
From Texas to Afghanistan
Welcome to the Dedication of a Girls
Welcome to the Dedication of a Girls' School
Welcome to the Dedication of a Girls
Welcome to the Dedication of a Girls' School (2)

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