One of AIL’s newest Learning Centers is inside a women’s prison in Afghanistan. The teachers are working with the women to encourage them to gain skills and knowledge that will help them to provide for their families after they leave the prison, including teaching them to sew and tailor clothing. One of the students said the following,
“I’m a student in the sewing class at the women’s jail. Because of a mistake I made a year ago, they put me in jail. I thought that it would be the worst place in the world, so difficult and disappointing. I was not getting out for a long time, and I had no skills. During the first two or three months after coming to the prison, I was so depressed and several times I decided to commit suicide, and then one day I found out about the sewing class being taught by AIL. When I started coming to the class, I didn’t expect much from it and I wasn’t very interested, but I kept attending. After a month I realized that I had learned some skills and became interested and hopeful. I saw that having this skill could change my future and after a while I learned to sew well. I am still working very hard and learning new things. I am seriously considering making a living by sewing after I get out of prison, which is soon. I would like to thank AIL. Thank you very much for giving me such a chance. I can’t imagine what my life might be like without this. AIL rescued me.”
For many Afghan women, learning to sew gives them a new chance at life, and the opportunity to support their families. We are so grateful to you for supporting our efforts!!
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Your donation will help AIL offer classes to women like Zahra. Zahra came to an AIL Learning Center to enroll her children in classes at the center and saw that there were many women her age taking classes. She spoke with the women who told her that the center offered great classes for women. Her husband was against the idea at first, but she enrolled anyway. They had many disagreements about her taking classes, but Zahra’s husband was soon convinced that the classes were a good idea after the young women learned to sew and was able to start a small businesses sewing clothing for other families.
Zahra said “I am now so happy that I have a skill. My husband is very happy as well. He has seen that I have learned this skill in a sound, safe and good educational environment. The class has been helpful in other ways too. I have made friends, and learned so much about how to keep my children healthy. I am so thankful to AIL for offering me the opportunity to support myself and my family and changing my life for the better.”
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Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s sewing and tailoring programs! Each year, thousands of Afghan women and girls come to AIL’s Learning Center to take classes in tailoring and sewing, enabling them to earn an income and support their families.
Hasina is one such girl. Hasina has two younger sisters. Her father was a farmer, working on the farms of others to earn an income for his family, but then he became sick and is no longer able to work. Hasina was searching for a job when a friend told her about the AIL Learning Center near her village. She was immediately interested and registered for sewing and literacy classes at the Center. Hasina’s teachers report that she was one of the hardest working students in the class and graduated from the sewing class in nine months.
Today, Hasina is a professional tailor, and is able to earn an income that supports her family. She says, “I believe that all of my achievements are because of AIL who established this center in a remote area. I owe my life to them. They really changed my life and the life of my family. I now encourage other women to get educated as well.”
Each year, thousands of women and girls just like Hasina come to AIL Learning Centers to learn to sew. In Afghanistan, buying clothing off the rack is too expensive for most people to afford. It is common for people to either sew their own clothing, or if they are unable to sew, to hire someone to do it for them. The ability to sew is a highly valued skill in Afghan society, one that gives the women a steady income while also saving them the money they would have spent on clothing for their own families.
Thank you for understanding the value of this program, and for choosing to support it!
Thank you for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) Tailoring Program! Each year AIL trains thousands of women in classes where the women learn how to set, create patterns and sew and even receive advice on how to begin their own small businesses. Many women come to the center for other reasons and then decide to sign up for the sewing classes once they learn about them.
Our staff recently spoke with a 24 year-old woman named Zahra who did just that. Zahra came to the center to enroll her children in classes at the center and saw that there were many women her age taking classes. She spoke with the women who told her that the center offered great classes for women. Her husband was against the idea at first, but she enrolled anyway. They had many disagreements about her taking classes, but Zahra’s husband was soon convinced that the classes were a good idea after the young women learned to sew and was able to start a small businesses sewing clothing for other families.
Thank you again for supporting women like Zahra who are taking sewing and tailoring classes at AIL’s Learning Centers. The classes give the women an opportunity to learn a skill which helps them to earn an income for their family. Thank you for supporting this important work. We have attached our year end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it.
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