In 2009, AIL educated 4,165 Afghan refugees in its schools and Women's Learning Centers (WLC) in Northern Pakistan. 79% of those educated were women and girls.
Aziza, a student in the literacy program, shares the following: “I came to the Women’s Learning Center when my cousin told me there were free classes for women. I was illiterate and wanted to get some knowledge. I am responsible for my brothers and sisters when my parents are gone, and need to find work to support my family. I want to become a teacher and one day teach in a place like this to help the people.”
Other AIL Accomplishments in 2009 included:
• AIL trained over 1,800 Afghan teachers in pedagogy subjects, leadership, human rights, and school health. These teachers went to their classes and directly impacted over 500,000 students teaching these important subjects.
• Nearly 23,000 students (primarily women and children) attended classes at AIL educational learning centers.
• Over 362,000 Afghans received medical treatment and health education from AIL’s 6 health clinics and community health worker program.
• In January 2010, AIL expanded humanitarian aid efforts with the harsh winter and reached out to 22 families in need. AIL staff delivered to each family quantities of rice, cooking oil and tea. Most heads of the family were widows with children from Herat, and were recommended by community members.
• In February 2010, flooding in the Enjil district of Herat destroyed many family homes, and AIL responded with a concerted effort of initial food aid.
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