Give Afghan Refugees the Gift of Education

May 15, 2009

May 2009 Update

Recently one of the students in an AIL learning center in Pakistan said: “I have four brothers and three sisters. My father is dead and my mother is sick. We came to Pakistan 11 years ago and we live in a refugee camp. I am literate, and before I got married I was in the eighth class. After I was married, I couldn’t continue my education because all of the schools were too far from my house. I am older than my brothers and sisters, so I feel very responsible for my family. We are a very poor family. Before coming to this center, I did not know anything about sewing but I was very interested to learn. I wanted to learn to sew, wanted to open a tailoring shop and sew clothing for others to earn money so I could support my family. I heard that there was a center offering free classes to learn sewing and tailoring, and I became very happy. After talking with my family I joined the center and in six months I completed the sewing class and received my certificate. I can’t fully express what I am feeling. I am very happy, and I always pray for the AIL Executive Director, Sakena Yacoobi and for the AIL office trainers for giving us this opportunity.”


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Sakena Yacoobi

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Dearborn, Michigan United States

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