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 forthese refugees. Thank you to all of you who helped this year.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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