Afghan adolescent girls are the future of Afghanistan. For success, girls must be healthy and trained to be educated leaders in their homes and communities. The Afghan Institute of Learning's (AIL) fusion of education, health and training programs has been forming adolescent girls for 16 years, directly reaching over 1 million. Each year, AIL aims to provide education, health services and training in human rights, leadership and health to at least 70,000 adolescent girls.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
After 3 decades of war, Afghanistan is a destroyed country and the fighting continues. Women and children, particularly girls, have suffered the most. They have lost their identities through experiencing the loss of loved ones through war, death from preventable illness, or displacement to another country. Adolescent girls lack education and health services. These circumstances caused the loss of family unity, trust among like people, any sense of community, and their core human values.
How will this project solve this problem?
Through education, training which encourages critical thinking, programs which are culturally appropriate, and access to health care and health education, paired with the re-introduction of values and personal responsibility, AIL is bringing about lasting change in the way young women and girls perceive of themselves. As they become healthy, literate, learn skills, and become aware of their rights and leadership capabilities, they begin to transform their lives and their communities.
Potential Long Term Impact
AIL's holistic approach works. Providing education and training to healthy adolescents has begun to show remarkable results. Young girls are starting innovative projects in their communities and are joining together in Emerging Leader groups to discuss ideas and support projects for the future of Afghanistan. Based on a 2010 AIL student sampling, 95% of the participants in leadership workshops have demonstrated actions of leadership in their communities; something unheard of in the past.
Total Funding Received to Date: $21,278
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $76,722
Total Funding Goal: $98,000