Give Afghan Refugees the Gift of Education

Dec 22, 2011

Reaching So Many With Education

During 2011, nearly 1300 students attended classes in the two Learning Centers established in Pakistan for Afghan refugees.  Additionally, there are three schools in the area that the Afghan Institute of Learning helps to support that have more than 4000 students, of which the majority are Afghan refugees.

We fully believe that education is key in providing a brighter future for
these refugees.  Thank you to all of you who helped this year.

Oct 13, 2011

Life is Brighter

Aleya, a student at the Zarghoona Ana Center in Pakistan, is a refugee from Afghanistan and unable to attend school before she came to Zarghoona Ana Center.  She is studying literacy at this Center.  She says, “I am now in the 9th class and all of this is because of the AIL office.  Before, I was very sad and I felt something missing in my heart and my life was dark.  But, now, my eyes are bright and I can understand everything.  Also, I now solve my problems and enjoy every step of my life.”

Jul 7, 2011

One young man's achievement

One young Afghan boy who now attends an AIL-supported center in Pakistan had this to say:  “My sister and I were working for our family and collecting dirt, useless papers and things from the street and around the shops.  A shopkeeper told us about this center and asked why we don’t attend.  We joined the center and now we are very happy because we can read everything and the world is bright for us.  Our teacher encourages us a lot.  I study and work very hard and have obtained first position in my class.”

Apr 5, 2011

Bibi's Story

Bibi Lal is an Afghan and a student at one of AIL’s Learning Centers in Pakistan.  She tells her story of how the center has affected her life: “Four years ago we came from Logar because the situation of our life was very bad.  We lived in different places in Peshawar and finally live near this school.  One of our neighbors is a teacher in this school and she told me about the Center that was without any fee and that it accepts students in different classes.  I came here and joined the literacy class to learn some things.  I think learning and getting knowledge is the right of every boy and girl.  Without knowledge, we are like blind and our life is dark so dark.  I am interested in learning to have a bright future.  I want to continue and complete my education.  My brother is in the first class so I need to help and support him.  I am part of this society and it’s my, and everyone’s, responsibility to help each other because no one can live alone and not help others.  I try my best to have a high education and have a comfortable life and to help our people, too, by opening a school or clinic that doesn’t require a payment.”

Dec 28, 2010

Five Reasons to Celebrate

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.

  • As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!

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:

  • Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban.  She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people.  Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”
  • Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate.  In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.
  • AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.
  • The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City.  The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate.  The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.


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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