Beautiful rugs have been completed this year by the women being instructed in carpet weaving at two of AIL’s learning centers. Because each carpet takes months to complete, space is limited to only a few students at a time. We’re still hoping to expand this program in the near future so that additional students can learn this fine craft. We are thankful to everyone who has supported this project.
AIL Herat now has two centers for carpet weaving. One location is in the Yacoobi Foundation educational learning center with 24 students. The other location is a newly opened class in the restored Citadel in Herat City. Currently there is one loom with two carpet weavers. In the same room are the silk-weaving looms, where the ancient craft of silk-weaving is being taught.
The carpet weaving projects have expanded as AIL is now offering this instruction at the newly re-opened Citadel in Herat City. This location is for the public, and classes are being held on a regular basis and the required materials and instructors are being paid for by AIL. As interest in this skill grows, the need for additional frames becomes necessary. AIL Staff took a frame for carpet making from one of the learning centers and will be making plans to purchase two additional frames soon in order to continue the production of carpets.
Afghan women continue to learn new carpet weaving skills and to share their knowledge and skills with each other. Right now there are carpet weavers working from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. They are able to work on at least 2 pieces at a time so that as one is completed, another can begin. As they are ready to move on to open their own businesses, others are able to take their place. The learning is on-going and supportive.
Five Reasons to Celebrate
The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.
Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.
In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible. Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:
Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.
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