Afghan Women Learn Traditional Carpet Weaving

Mar 5, 2014

25 Carpets Completed

Women weaving carpets
Women weaving carpets

We would like to thank you for your support of AIL’s Carpet Weaving project. Preserving this important cultural art is just one of AIL’s many goals, and thanks to your support the class is creating numerous works of art. The Carpet Weaving class made many great strides in the past few months. Students in the class created more than 25 carpets and rugs through January, and are currently all working on a huge project. Students in the class are now working on weaving a 36 foot long carpet!

Your support is supplemented by the weavers themselves who are producing some very high quality work. They are selling their rugs and carpets in the local market, and using the proceeds to purchase more materials to create more of these works of art.  These works are inspirational to the students at the centers because they can see firsthand the quality of work AIL delivers. Women in the markets see the exceptional quality of the carpets and rugs and become inspired to learn how to do great things like the weavers.

We would like to thank you so much for your support of the Traditional Carpet Weaving program. Without supporters like you, we couldn’t have accomplished what we have or what we plan to do in the future. Thank you!!

Dec 5, 2013

Beautiful photo of a rug in progress

A Carpet In Progress
A Carpet In Progress

AIL’s carpet weaving program is unique. The women who participate are trained in the art but have no room for a loom at any of their homes. These women work full time at an AIL center and sell their completed works for the benefit of the program. Aside from earning livings for their families, they are keeping alive a culturally significant art that is very important and unique to Afghanistan. Because one of AIL’s goals is to promote culture, we would like to expand this program to other centers in Afghanistan or Pakistan in the future. 

The carpet weaving program recently sent us this picture of a rug in progress, and we thought that you would enjoy seeing it.  We thank you all for your generous support! Please take some time to check out our annual newsletter attached to this report. 

Nov 6, 2013

Thank you from AIL!

Thank you!
Thank you!

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) various projects on GlobalGiving. Over the years, the Global Giving donors have become invaluable to AIL. Through your generous support, AIL has been able to provide Afghans with education, health care, training and more.

It is your continued support that is now allowing AIL to evolve along with the young people of Afghanistan. We’d like to share with you the story of how one young woman’s life has been changed thanks to one of AIL’s programs:

I am a 19-year-old woman with two children. I had always wanted to go to school and learn to read, but there was not a school close to my home. It was not safe for me to try and travel to another village to go to school, but I always told myself that if I could go to school, I would be able to get a job and reach my goals.

It was painful to me when my brother learned to read and write, but I couldn’t. One day I watched some women and children who were going somewhere. When I saw that one of them was a woman who had an 8-year-old girl with her, I stopped her and said “Excuse me. Where are you going?” She answered, “A learning center has been established for illiterate women and their children recently. I am going to register myself and my children.”

When I heard this, I was so happy and I said to her, “Please wait a minute. I want to go with you and start to take classes too.” I joined them on their way to the learning center. When we arrived, I was so excited because I saw a lot of women there who had been learning.

Now, I can read and write and I can say proudly that I am literate. I have also learned to be healthy and to be a leader. I am reaching out and touching my wishes and goals. I thank AIL for this opportunity to reach my goals.

Thank you for the support that you give to AIL. We are so grateful to all of our supporters for their continued support of our projects on GlobalGiving. Thank you!

Sep 6, 2013

Carpet Weaving Classes Deliver Results

Women weaving a carpet
Women weaving a carpet

All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) would like to thank our donors for their support of carpet weaving classes in our learning centers. Carpet weaving is an art in Afghanistan, and is very culturally significant. Every carpet is different in its own way; each piece tells a story and reflects the everyday experiences of the Afghan people. Teaching people how to make them preserves this sacred art for future generations. Your donations have helped to make this a possibility.

Currently, one of our learning centers offers a course in carpet weaving. We have had five students taking the course for more than six months now and their work is starting to yield results. In May, students of the class finished a carpet that they had been working on for the better part of three months, thanks in part to a local businessman who donated over 50 pieces of fabric to the class. Another two rugs were completed by two students in July. One featured a mural of a 15th century monument to Gohar Shad Begum, a very complex piece that reflects the long and noteworthy history of Herat, Afghanistan.

The carpets themselves are significant to the Afghan people, but what’s more is the support the students are receiving from the local community. AIL learning centers are bringing communities closer together. The carpets produced are an example of the combined skill, effort, and support of the entire community. No one can put a value on that. Because of your donations, we can keep this project going into the future. Thank you all for your support!

Jun 11, 2013

More Great News from the Afghan Institute of Learning

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton

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


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Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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