Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat

 
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 Nearly 6,400 women have studied at Learning Centers in Herat this year alone.  Subjects they have covered include Arabic, Literacy, Sewing, Carpet Weaving, English, Computer, Beautician, Physics, Math, Embroidery and Painting.

One student, from Zainabia had this to say:

“I am 35 years old. I have three children before that I came in course I was an illiterate woman.  I said for myself I wish I could study in order to development of Afghanistan so, I started my effort and struggle to learn in Zainabia center in literacy class.  My teacher is a kind woman also I try hard and study my lessons carefully. Right now I am in eleven class in the governmental school and the next year I will be graduate in  high school.  I wish to be a good teacher in future and I should help our society.  I am thankful for AIL that always works for capacity building of the people.”

The Afghan Institute of Learning has opened two additional Learning Centers in Herat to serve women and girls. One center was requested in a small community called Bagh Nazargah on the east side of Herat City.  The community is providing the housing for the Center and AIL is providing the salary of the teacher.  In the first month, the Center had 20 female students with one teacher for 17 students studying sewing and 3 studying  Arabic. 

Another, larger language and computer center, was opened in the afternoon at a private school at the request of the community in Sufiabad, a village within greater Herat City.  During the first month,  76 of the 114 students were female studying literacy, English and math.  Once the students learn English, they can begin to study computer.

Another AIL Project, “Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls” has been chosen to be part of the Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15 through November 15, 2011.  Approximately 60 projects have been included in this challenge.  The top six projects with the highest number of unique donations will become part of the Girl Effect Fund for one year and each is expected to earn an additional $25,000.  Please check out our project #8791, and thank you for your generous support of our programs!

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.

  • As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!

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:

  • Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban.  She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people.  Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”
  • Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate.  In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.
  • AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.
  • The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City.  The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate.  The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.

 

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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Project Leader

Sakena Yacoobi

Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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Map of Learning Centers for Rural Afghan Women in Herat