Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women

 
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Nov 6, 2013

Thank you from AIL!

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) various projects on GlobalGiving. Over the years, the Global Giving donors have become invaluable to AIL. Through your generous support, AIL has been able to provide Afghans with education, health care, training and more.

It is your continued support that is now allowing AIL to evolve along with the young people of Afghanistan. We’d like to share with you the story of how one young woman’s life has been changed thanks to one of AIL’s programs:

I am a 19-year-old woman with two children. I had always wanted to go to school and learn to read, but there was not a school close to my home. It was not safe for me to try and travel to another village to go to school, but I always told myself that if I could go to school, I would be able to get a job and reach my goals.

It was painful to me when my brother learned to read and write, but I couldn’t. One day I watched some women and children who were going somewhere. When I saw that one of them was a woman who had an 8-year-old girl with her, I stopped her and said “Excuse me. Where are you going?” She answered, “A learning center has been established for illiterate women and their children recently. I am going to register myself and my children.”

When I heard this, I was so happy and I said to her, “Please wait a minute. I want to go with you and start to take classes too.” I joined them on their way to the learning center. When we arrived, I was so excited because I saw a lot of women there who had been learning.

Now, I can read and write and I can say proudly that I am literate. I have also learned to be healthy and to be a leader. I am reaching out and touching my wishes and goals. I thank AIL for this opportunity to reach my goals.

Thank you for the support that you give to AIL. We are so grateful to all of our supporters for their continued support of our projects on GlobalGiving. Thank you!

Sep 6, 2013

Over 1,800 Women Served this Year!

An AIL Sewing Course
An AIL Sewing Course

All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) want to thank our donors for supporting tailoring programs for Afghan women. Your support is giving Afghan women the opportunity to learn a skill that will help them earn money for their families. Through July, we have hosted 88 tailoring classes and provided months of instruction to over 1,800 women. Many of these women have left the learning centers with a skill-set that will help them to clothe their families and feed them through earning money by  sewing clothes for others.  It will also give them something to be proud of; they will be able to create something that others will want to use or buy.   

One of our learning centers in a rural part of Herat province offers sewing courses to the women in the area. One of the women who took a tailoring course here had this to say:

"The first day I came here, I didn’t even think of finishing this class and becoming a professional tailor. I didn’t have self-confidence and I thought it was impossible. But as time passed, I became interested and learned a lot in the class. Teachers encouraged me everyday and I had the talent to finish and become a professional tailor. Thanks to all the personnel for providing women such facilities."

This is but one story amongst many similar success stories. Women are told they can’t do it, but they do and become breadwinners in their households. AIL learning centers offer many such specialization courses in subjects that provide applicable skills to the people who take them, including courses in computers, art, and carpet weaving. Like these other programs, our tailoring courses reach a large number of people all across Afghanistan and provide the necessary skills to make women more independent. We thank you all very much for your support, we greatly appreciate it!

Jun 11, 2013

More Great News from the Afghan Institute of Learning

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton

So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you. 

First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:

With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world. 

Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country

The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning. 

Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving

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May 10, 2013

AIL is now blogging at Huffington Post!

Women
Women's Networking Movement

The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently. 

To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post

Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news! 

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Mar 25, 2013

2013 is off to a great start!

Women Using New Sewing Machines
Women Using New Sewing Machines

Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to you all for a fantastic year thus far. AIL Learning Centers provide education and training to Afghans who would otherwise not be able to receive it. Tailoring classes are one of several subjects taught to predominately Afghan women; it is training that is invaluable to them and their families as it allows for them to earn an income and become more independent. Without your support, none of this could have been possible. 

In January of this year, AIL learning centers hosted 46 tailoring classes, providing the instruction to some 976 women of all ages. In addition, with funds raised from another Global Giving project, three of the large centers in Herat received 4 new sewing machines for each center. 

These classes are teaching women a very valuable skill, one that has the potential to allow them to earn an income and help them feed their families. Women who take the tailoring courses are not only making clothing for their families, most are selling their work to the community where they live and work, and some are starting their own businesses, hiring other women to work and earn their own wages. The impact of taking a single course of tailoring from our learning centers has the potential to not only better the quality of life of a single family, but that of an entire community. 

Women Using New Sewing Machines
Women Using New Sewing Machines
Women Using New Sewing Machines
Women Using New Sewing Machines
Women Using New Sewing Machines
Women Using New Sewing Machines
New Sewing Machines on the Tables
New Sewing Machines on the Tables

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Sakena Yacoobi

Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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