Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

 
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Students in an AIL Classroom
Students in an AIL Classroom
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.

 

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AIL Learning Center
AIL Learning Center

Dear Friends,

 Thank you so much for your generous support of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).

 We’d like to share with you the words of the manager of an AIL Learning Center. She says, “I was not an active member of society. I was trying to build my capacity, but when I faced problems I was not able to solve them and it was painful for me. I was talking about this with some colleagues, but they did not encourage me. I decided to start searching for solutions on my own, and I learned that AIL is conducting workshops to empower members of civil society in different areas of this life. I took part in an AIL Leadership workshop and learned many ways to be a leader. After participating in the workshop, I felt such a big change in my career. Even my colleagues noticed a change in my behavior and ideas, and began to put more trust in me. Each month I took part in a different AIL workshop; workshops like leadership, report writing, women’s rights, advanced leadership, management and many other kinds of workshops that AIL held at their office. Through these workshops, day by day my knowledge increased and I was soon ready to conduct workshops of my own to people who held high positions in my province and in the provincial council. I learned this leadership from AIL and am now able to solve other people’s problems. It was my goal to teach this knowledge to others, and AIL gave me the chance to achieve my goal. After a time as a trainer, with support from AIL, I was able to establish a Learning Center in my village. I now share our programs with people from all over our province, and with people from other organizations. We are able to offer training and education to young girls and women; training and education that helps them to be able to support themselves and their families and to lead healthier lives.”

 By offering trainings and workshops, AIL was able to help this woman build the capacity, leadership skills and eventually empower her to establish a Learning Center in her village, which now serves about 175 girls each month, in classes such as sewing, literacy and Arabic.

 Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful support of AIL. We are so grateful to each and every one of you!!

Girls Studying in an AIL Learning Center
Girls Studying in an AIL Learning Center

Dear Friend,

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Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

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A teacher and an elderly student at a Center
A teacher and an elderly student at a Center

Dear Friends,

The AIL Learning Centers are a trusted part of the communities where they exist. The manager of one of the centers recently shared a story that exemplifies the trust that people have in AIL, and we’d like to share that story with you.

Fariba’s husband is working abroad while Fariba stays in Afghanistan with their three daughters. Fariba’s husband wrote her a letter telling her about his health and his daily life in the foreign country, but she was unable to read the letter. She took it to a neighbor, but the neighbor was also illiterate. The neighbor suggested that they take the letter to the AIL Learning Center where they would be able to find someone who could read it for them. As soon as they arrived, they found many women who would be able to read the letter for Fariba. She was thankful to these women, and so happy to hear that her husband was safe and healthy.

The woman who read the letter for her suggested that Fariba begin taking literacy classes so that she could read future letters from her husband, and even write letters of her own. Fariba took their advice, and has now been taking classes for eight months. She said “I recently wrote a letter to my husband telling him about our family’s health. This is such a big step for me, and he was very happy to have a letter written by me.”

Each year AIL’s programs help thousands of women just like Fariba. We want to say thank you so much for your support this year. In 2014 your support helped AIL to do the following: 

  • Educate 16,490 women and girls in AIL Learning Centers
  • Train 3,157 women and girls in AIL workshops
  • Provide health care to 167,500 women and girls in AIL clinics and by AIL’s Community Health Workers
  • Educate 100,400 women and girls on health topics in AIL’s clinics.

 Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to updating you on the exciting things that AIL has planned for 2015!

AIL Sewing Students
AIL Sewing Students

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)! This year has been fantastic for AIL's Learning Centers (LCs), with nearly 17,000 women and girls coming through the doors of AIL’s centers for classes in subjects such as, English, math, science, Arabic, tailoring, crochet, computers and more. This summer and fall were a tumultuous time in Afghanistan, but we are happy to say that despite the instability, all of the LCs remain open. In addition, the AIL office in Herat has begun supporting three new Learning Centers.

Our staff recently spoke with a 24 year-old woman named Zahra who is taking classes at one LC in Herat Province. Zahra came to the center to enroll her children in classes and saw that there were many women her age having lessons. 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 lessons, but Zahra’s husband was soon convinced that the classes were a good idea after the young woman 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.”

Thank you for supporting our program, and women just like Zahra who are looking for a way to improve their lives. 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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