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Feb 17, 2019

Expanding the Reach of AIL's Education

At the start of this new year we reflect on what we have achieved and how this has changed women’s lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 (19,095 female) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are common courses, also English, computers, math and weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing and 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in Kabul.

The new TV station is going act as an outreach for this comprehensive education program. The station will enable AIL education to be broadcast to many thousands of women who are unable to attend an AIL center because of household responsibilities or problems of accessibility or security. We are excited to open this new chapter in AIL education for women. The station currently has one full time staff and a camera person. These work closely with AIL staff and Dr. Yacoobi’s private Radio Meraj on developing programs.

Thank you for your continued interest and we hope you will read the annual newsletter attached.


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Jan 28, 2019

New Sewing Machines to be Purchased Soon

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning and its effort to purchase sewing machines for our sewing classes. AIL's classes use machines that the staff are able to repair as necessary to extend the life of those machines. Unfortunately, a number of these well used sewing machines have come to the end of their useful life, but thanks to you we will be able to replace them with new ones! 

These classes are really popular as they are a way for women to learn a skill both useful in their family life but also as a means to earn an income. 

Here is a typical story from Zahra, “Before coming to the center I was broke and hopeless since we had no job or income in our family and I could not do anything. I joined the sewing and literacy classes and now after 6 months of the sewing course I have my own business. I work at the center and I work at home sewing. I am almost the only breadwinner in the family. I do other people’s work for them and get paid! Coming to the center, learning skills changed my life.” 

The staff in Afghanistan have decided to wait until they have raised some more money before buying new machines in quantity.   As soon as the funds are in place the machines will been purchased and we will let you know! 

Thank you for your support!

Jan 22, 2019

Thank you

Dear Friend, 

Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning and its effort to purchase sewing machines for our sewing classes. AIL's classes use machines that the staff are able to repair as necessary to extend the life of those machines. Unfortunately, a number of these well used sewing machines have come to the end of their useful life, but thanks to you we will be able to replace them with new ones! 

These classes are really popular as they are a way for women to learn a skill both useful in their family life but also as a means to earn an income.Here is a typical story from Zahra, “Before coming to the center I was broke and hopeless since we had no job or income in our family and I could not do anything. I joined the sewing and literacy classes and now after 6 months of the sewing course I have my own business. I work at the center and I work at home sewing. I am almost the only breadwinner in the family. I do other people’s work for them and get paid! Coming to the center, learning skills changed my life.” 

The staff in Afghanistan have decided to wait until they have raised some more money before buying new machines in quantity.   As soon as the funds are in place the machines will been purchased and we will let you know! 

Thank you for your support!

 
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