Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

Dec 22, 2011

Expanding Minds

It is so exciting to watch the expansion of women’s thoughts in
Afghanistan.  By offering an education to them, their thirst for
knowledge just keeps growing.  At every village that AIL is invited
into to start a program or offer a workshop, we see the women
requesting more and more information.  They consistently ask for other
workshops and seminars to be made available to them – and to others in
their communities.

It appears that once you offer a person a chance to become literate –
they just want to continue learning.  These women in the AIL learning
centers request more classes including skill classes such as sewing,
computers, calligraphy, painting, drawing – and subject classes such
as English, science and math.  In addition, as word spreads about
leadership seminars, AIL receives more and more requests to offer
their programs in more communities.  These women want to improve their
lives and their communities and see their Country flourish.

Thank you for supporting these women!

Oct 13, 2011

Through Education There is Hope

The main focus of the Afghan Institute of Learning is to educate and provide health care and health education to women and children in order to promote a healthy, promising, bright and peaceful society.  Students at the AIL Learning Centers know that continuing their education is important for their own future and for the future of their communities, and they are filled with hope and dreams of a better tomorrow.  Pari, a student at the Zarghoona Ana Learning Center believes that she will continue her education.  She presently takes classes in literacy and sewing.  She dreams that she will one day become a great tailor and be in a position to do great things for her people.  She hopes to then teach others how to sew so that they too will be able to prosper.

Another AIL Project, “Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls” has been chosen to be part of the Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15 through November 15, 2011.  Approximately 60 projects have been included in this challenge.  The top six projects with the highest number of unique donations will become part of the Girl Effect Fund for one year and each is expected to earn an additional $25,000.  Please check out our project #8791, and thank you for your generous support of our programs!

Jul 7, 2011

Azada is thankful for AIL

Azada, is one Afghan woman who says she is thankful for the AIL Learning Centers.  She said, “I had an illiterate family.  My husband and my grandmother had very old ideas.  One day, I asked my husband if it is possible for me to go to a learning center.  Unfortunately, my husband was very harsh, and he prevented me from going to school.  I repeatedly asked my husband, and finally, he said to me you can go join a course with all of the children.  My oldest child was 14, the next 13 and the third was 6.  We all went to the center and registered ourselves for different classes.  My children and I are now literate.  Four people from one family became literate, which shows the impact of AIL activities.  They save the lives of families.”

Apr 6, 2011

Peace and Election Workshops

Living in the midst of war, Afghans are looking for opportunities to live life free of daily conflict. In 2010, AIL implemented peace education workshops after hearing requests by people who attended AIL’s leadership workshops which have a peace component.  There were 6 peace workshops held for 251 (81% female) participants.  2010 was also an election year in Afghanistan so AIL responded with election related workshops.

These trainings offer quality knowledge to teachers and community members, who in turn impact their students and families well beyond the classroom and the subjects they were taught.  The ability for teachers and students to think critically, to ask questions, and to discuss ideas is the foundation for building a new future for Afghanistan. 


Dec 28, 2010

Five Reason's to Celebrate

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.


  • As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!


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:


  • Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban.  She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people.  Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”


  • Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate.  In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.


  • AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.


  • The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City.  The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate.  The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.


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.

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