In May of this year, 3,359 females were studying in the eleven AIL Herat rural learning centers that were operating that month. Academic subjects included Literature, English, Physics, Math, Science and other language courses. Specialty skill classes were also held, including sewing, carpet weaving, a beautician’s course, embroidery and painting.
One young woman attending a center in Jabreel had this to say: “I am 15 years old and I like to learn English because this is an international language. I try to learn this vital language. I should mention there is one best learning place and that is Jabreel center. I learned English from this center thanks to AIL staff.“
Masuma, a student studying in one of AIL’s Rural Learning Centers in Herat, shared her story with us, “I am fifty years old and I have six children. I have always wanted to learn how to read. One of my friends told me to attend one of AIL’s centers and take a class in Arabic. I took the class and now I can read fluently. I am so thankful for AIL.”
AIL believes that it is never too late!!!!
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
Following is a story of a woman who has been helped by one of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s centers in Herat Province:
“I am 35 years old. I had three children before I came to this course. I was an illiterate woman. I said to myself, “I wish I could study in order to help the development of Afghanistan so, I started my efforts and struggled for learning in AIL’s center in a literacy class. My teacher is a kind woman; also I try hard and study my lessons carefully. Right now I am in eleventh class in the governmental school and the next year I will be graduating from high school. I wish to be a good teacher in the future and I should help our society. I am thankful for AIL that always works for capacity building of the people.
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