Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century

 
$2,362
$14,108
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Aug 9, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghan Institute of Learning schedules and holds leadership and democracy workshops in several provinces throughout the year. Participants learn an awareness of their human rights, the meaning of democracy, how they can participate in their society and hold elected leaders accountable, how they themselves can serve people and as individuals, practical ways they can bring democracy and respect human rights. Year to date in 2010, AIL has given 12 specific workshops and seminars that teach leadership, democracy and capacity building skills to 359 participants. In addition, human rights and leadership values are taught in all other workshops and seminars.

A participant of a leadership workshop this year in Herat shares, “I didn’t understand my responsibilities in our society and actually, I didn’t understand who is a leader before I attended this workshop. Now I realize my responsibility and I can bring positive changes in the life of people in my environment. I can solve the problems of people because I attended a capacity building workshop at the AIL office and this second workshop.”

Aug 2, 2010

Summer Update 2010

The Afghan Institute of Learning schedules and holds leadership and democracy workshops in several provinces throughout the year. Participants learn an awareness of their human rights, the meaning of democracy, how they can participate in their society and hold elected leaders accountable, how they themselves can serve people and as individuals, practical ways they can bring democracy and respect human rights. Year to date in 2010, AIL has offered given 12 specific workshops and seminars that teach leadership, democracy and capacity building skills to 359 participants. In addition, human rights and leadership values are taught in all other workshops and seminars.

A participant of a leadership workshop this year in Herat shares, “I didn’t understand my responsibilities in our society and actually, I didn’t understand who is a leader before I attended this workshop. Now I realize my responsibility and I can bring positive changes in the life of people in my environment. I can solve the problems of people because I attended a capacity building workshop at the AIL office and this second workshop.”

Jun 3, 2010

Summer Update from the Afghan Institute of Learning

We’d like to share some great news with you that will give you a better understanding of our project and the work we do in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through the generosity of the Skoll Foundation, a timely video was produced about life in Afghanistan and the work AIL is doing to make a difference. The film producer and crew did a beautiful job capturing the essence of the best of the Afghan people, and the struggles they work with to achieve a better life. This film is now on YouTube, and it will be the best seven minutes you spend today. Moderated by Sakena Yacoobi, AIL’s executive director, this video offers a true taste of Afghanistan. Here’s the link to view it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7t1Xu_MwHg We are also adding this as a permanent link to this project for future viewing. Your donation makes a precious impact on the lives of Afghan men, women and children. We thank you for your past support, and encourage you to forward this message to those who can help to continue this important work.

A reminder: June 16 is a special Global Giving Matching Day! - GlobalGiving will be matching all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project for this project at a 50% match. If you could like to donate again to our project, your donation will go further on June 16th. Thank you for your support….

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Mar 12, 2010

Spring Update

In 2009, AIL held 18 leadership and democracy workshops in Afghanistan for 570 participants. The objectives of the leadership workshops include increasing awareness among Afghans of their human rights, the meaning of democracy, how they can hold their elected leaders accountable, how they themselves can be accountable to the people that they serve and what they, as individuals can do to bring democracy and respect human rights to Afghanistan in a practical way. In addition, AIL formed 2 Emerging Leader groups, one each in Kabul and Herat, for experienced leadership participants to research and implement projects within their communities. To date, there are over 17 projects that have been completed or are in process. Rushan, one of the participants of the leadership workshop in Kabul, says,” soon after taking the leadership workshop, I decided to start a project to help my community. I opened a private literacy and sewing class for 17 women and girls in my home and then I tried to increase the number of my students. The leadership workshop opened my mind- it made me realize that I want to educate other women so they may be self confident”. Other AIL Accomplishments in 2009 included: • AIL trained over 1,800 Afghan teachers in pedagogy subjects, leadership, human rights, and school health. These teachers went to their classes and directly impacted over 500,000 students teaching these important subjects. • Nearly 23,000 students (primarily women and children) attended classes at AIL educational learning centers. • Over 362,000 Afghans received medical treatment and health education from AIL’s 6 health clinics and community health worker program. • In January 2010, AIL expanded humanitarian aid efforts with the harsh winter and reached out to 22 families in need. AIL staff delivered to each family quantities of rice, cooking oil and tea. Most heads of the family were widows with children from Herat, and were recommended by community members. • In February 2010, flooding in the Enjil district of Herat destroyed many family homes, and AIL responded with a concerted effort of initial food aid. Reminder: On March 16, 2010, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made to any project on www.globalgiving.org by 30% (up to $1,000 per person)! If you could like to donate again to our project, your donation will go further on March 16th!!!

Dec 2, 2009

An invitation to read our newsletter

Afghanistan is in the news a lot these days. As a donor to a project in Afghanistan, you may be wondering if change is happening, and if your donation really makes any difference. Following is a message from Dr. Sakena Yacoobi that answers your questions. It’s part of our annual newsletter, where we also share progress reports from several areas, and the impact AIL’s work is having in Afghan lives. This newsletter is below in a PDF format; we invite you to click on it and read ALL the details……

From Sakena Yacoobi: First, I want to thank all of you for supporting the work of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Your support is so important. Yes, the funds you send help us to bring education and health to so many Afghan women and children. But, more importantly, in this time of increasing violence and insecurity in Afghanistan, your support helps Afghans to know that they are not forgotten. It gives ordinary Afghan women, men and children the courage to keep studying, to keep going to clinics and to keep working for peace.

Today you probably hear that Afghanistan is a place of war, terrorist bombings, burning of schools, kidnapping, drugs and all kinds of other horrible things. And it is true that in every province of Afghanistan, including the capitol, every single day, these kinds of things are happening. But what you might not hear in your news is that everyday many women, men and children of Afghanistan get up in the morning….. say goodbye to their family…..and go to work….. go to schools and centers ….. go to trainings……because they know that they must be educated. They know that the only way they can stop these problems is to be educated. So they are learning, they are teaching and they are not afraid.

And when there is no electricity or no clean water or no school or no road or no job and there is no help from the national government or the international agencies, Afghans, particularly women, are joining together in community or with their local officials to find ways to solve their own problems. And, with your help, AIL is helping them to do this. I want to let you know that as dark as it seems to be in Afghanistan now, much is happening. Afghans, themselves, are changing. They are educating themselves; they are making sure that their children are educated; they are finding new ways to solve their problems. I would ask you to walk with us a little further on our journey towards peace.

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