We are thrilled that Dr. Sakena Yacoobi was awarded the Opus Prize on November 13. The Opus Prize honors unsung heroes for their entrepreneurial spirit as they address today's most persistent and pressing global issues, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice. The prize is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Yacoobi’s life work and the life-changing work of the Afghan Institute of Learning, one of the projects that you support with contributions to The Safer World Fund.
Like other nonprofits in the Safer World Fund, Dr. Yacoobi’s Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL) believes that educated people are the key to success for Afghanistan. With that in mind, AIL works to empower all Afghans who are needy and oppressed by expanding their education and health opportunities and by fostering self-reliance and community participation.
***On Tues, Dec 3, take advantage of two matching programs to help the AIL project Send 30 Girls in Pakistan to School. MicroSoft YouthSpark will match donations up to $1000 at 100 percent, plus the 50 percent match from the Safer World Fund will apply. The Ayni Education International project Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan also qualifies for the two matching programs!
***This year for the holidays, why not honor a family member or friend with a gift card from Global Giving and tell them about the important work of the Afghan Institute of Learning and all the other great projects in The Safer World Fund? Don’t forget that we continue to match 50 cents on the dollar for donations up to $2000!
Ten terrific projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan are helping the next generation learn about becoming productive world citizens.And starting today, your support will be matched at 50% to make a bigger impact as long as matching funds last. From “Send 30 Afghan Girls to Teacher Training Programs” to “Sughar—Giving Women Wings in Pakistan,” we have added four new projects to six existing ones that will all be a part of the Safer World Fund going forward. See the complete list here. And remember: the Safer World Fund will match your donation at 50% while funds last. Please get your donations in early!Your support provides education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially for girls and women, at this critical time. The 12th anniversary of September 11th reminds us that investment in young people today lays the foundation for a peaceful society tomorrow. And please, talk up The Safer World Fund with your friends!
You do not want to miss this twice-valuable matching opportunity.
Starting at 9:00 am EDT, GlobalGiving will match donations of up to $1,000 made through www.globalgiving.org. But if you donate to the Safer World Fund at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/donate-to-the-safer-world-fund/, GlobalGiving will match your donation at 30%, and the Safer World Fund will match your donation at 50%. That means you get a match rate of 80%! Matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm EDT. Please get your donations in early!
Your support provides education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially for girls and women, at this critical time. With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, what better way to honor your father or son than with a gift that offers opportunities to people who will benefit greatly from basic education, job skills, and medical care. And please, don’t be shy about mentioning The Safer World Fund to your friends!
Amazing changes are taking place in Afghanistan and Pakistan, thanks to your support of the projects in The Safer World Fund. In rural Afghanistan, a school for girls and boys now boasts four new classrooms and many new desks as well as transportation so that teachers can attend training. In Mazar-i-Sharif, a school for 3000 girls has a new computer center, a reinforced roof, and an enhanced security wall. In Herat and Balkh provinces, ten wives of religious leaders have been trained and are currently dispensing information and providing counseling about family planning and reproductive health in their communities.
But continued progress is not guaranteed going forward as the security situation across the region remains unsettled. Girls and women in particular need our continued support as they learn to help their families and their communities. As Mother’s Day approaches, consider honoring the special mother or daughter in your life with a donation to help girls and women in another part of the world with education, medical care, and training. Donations up to $2000 are still matched at 50 percent.
To make it extra easy to honor a special person, the folks at GlobalGiving have developed Gift Cards to let you give the gift of giving. The recipient gets to pick the projects that they want to support and then see how their money has been put to work through regular updates from the field. Buy email gift cards, print-at-home gift cards, or biodegradable gift cards, and don’t be shy about mentioning The Safer World Fund!
Last month I spent an evening with Sakena Yacoobi, the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). The Institute manages “Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls,” one of the projects in the Safer World Fund. In just a couple of hours, my admiration for educators in that part of the world quadrupled.
Sakena is a remarkable woman who has offered learning opportunities to countless women and girls in Afghanistan for several decades. She understands well the setback caused by many years of Taliban rule in her country when girls and women were forbidden from going to school. But today she is optimistic about her country’s future as she sees a keen hunger for education amidst all the challenges. The schools provided by the government have lower standards than she would like, so she works tirelessly to train teachers, develop curriculum, provide learning materials and build schools through AIL.
The Afghan Institute of Learning is just one example of the terrific work of the nine organizations in the Safer World Fund. Please tell your friends and family to be inspired and take advantage of the remaining matching funds today. Thank you so much for your support of education, training, and health care--especially for women and girls--in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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