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.”
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.
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
Zahra, a literacy student in one of AIL’s women’s learning centers, explains how the center has empowered and helped her:
“I have two children and came from an uneducated family. Before coming to Herat province, I had full information about AIL actually I knew about AIL and AIL services When we came to Herat province, our relatives introduced me to the Afghan Institute of Learning. Now I am a student in this center for literacy class I am very happy I can read the newspaper and books. Now I can help my children who are in the first position in their classes. I am thankful for the professor Sakena Yacoobi that helps the penurious people of Afghanistan.
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