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.
Grateful and Undaunted
At this time of year, we are reminded of our many blessings and how the people in our lives enrich us and bring joy to every day. All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) are especially grateful to you, for your generous support of our efforts to help the people of Afghanistan overcome many challenges. Through education, teacher training, health care programs, and emergency assistance, as one woman put it, “… AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.” We are able to serve that vital role – for the women, men, and children of Afghanistan – because of your contribution. Thank you!
As you celebrate this Holiday Season and anticipate the approach of the New Year, we hope that you will think of us again and make another donation to help ensure AIL is able to continue our work. You have most likely heard that Afghanistan continues to suffer terrible insecurity and poverty. But AIL is undaunted by the headlines because we know that the people of Afghanistan are working hard every day to improve their lives and the future of their country. Together with the people of Afghanistan, we are confident because we know that people like you believe in us and stand by us.
When you make your donation, check out the Tribute Card and Gift Card options – and please tell a friend about AIL and encourage them to make a donation too. As AIL’s founder and executive director, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has said, “Reach out to others and give a gift to yourself.”
No matter what our circumstances today, when we believe in each other and work together, we can be assured that tomorrow will be better. Seasons Greetings and thank you again.
AIL Executive Director
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