A Story from one student at the Yacoobi Foundation Women’s Learning Center (WLC):
Farishta, one of the students of Yacoobi Foundation WLC, relates the impact of AIL’s programs on her village and family: “One year ago I was illiterate like other women of Afghanistan. I was in my house without any fun and studying and I didn’t have any job and was in a poor economic situation. I came to the AIL Yacoobi Foundation center and I learned to be a tailor. Now I can sew my family’s clothes and the clothes of others in the village. I earn 2000 Afghanis per month. Now I can buy things for my children. I know that AIL works very effectively.”
Ghoncha is a student in one of AIL’s Tailoring classes and says: “I joined this class at the center and now I have learned so much from my teacher and classmates. I learned how to make clothes and sew. Now I have contracted with one dress shop and I get a wage for each dress and due to this I solved my family’s problem. All of this is because of AIL.”
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
Fatima, one of the sewing students, talks about the benefits of learning sewing at the AIL center:
“I am thirty years old. I have two children and we have economic problems. My husband is a painter who works hard in the rural areas of our country. I tried a lot but couldn’t find a way to earn a little money; I wanted to help my family. I chose this job (sewing) because this way I can find money for us and I can help our family. One of my neighbors learned to sew at the AIL Center. She learned sewing and bought a sewing machine and earned money to spend in the family and children and right now she does her business in order to help her family. In fact she motivated me for sewing and I went to the AIL center to register for the sewing class. I have studied sewing for eight months now; I can sew every model of clothes especially Afghan custom clothes and fortunately I received a certificate from the course. I want to speak for all the women that participate in the courses because Professor Sakena Yacoobi says learning is the first way of improving Afghanistan and all of the women should participate in the courses.”
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