Afghan Institute of Learning

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) works to empower all Afghans who are needy, especially women and children, providing them the knowledge and skills to care for themselves. AIL is expanding access to quality education and healthcare through community based programming, enabling communities to develop the capacity of their people. The goal is to create a foundation of quality education and health systems throughout Afghanistan which meet the needs of local people now and in the future. AIL was founded by an Afghan woman and is run by women, reaching thousands each year through health facilities, educational centers and training programs.
Aug 28, 2012

Wonderful Story from one of our Rural Centers

We would like to share with you the story of Farzana, a 28-year-old mother of four studying sewing and literacy in one of our centers. Farzana says, “Three months ago, I was having some family problems and I came to the AIL center for help. The manager and one of the teachers helped to mediate a solution between my husband and I. Now I am a student in sewing and literacy, and I find my lessons very interesting. Also, my daughters have begun to take classes in literacy. At first, I was shy since so many of my classmates were younger than I am. Now, I am confident around them and am so interested in my lessons. I can read and write easy words, and I have learned to sew well. My sewing teacher is very encouraging, telling me that the samples I have sewn are very good, and that I will be a good tailor in the future. My life changed a great deal when I began coming to the AIL center in my village. I now have learned many different things and feel that I will have a good life.”

Aug 21, 2012

Increasing Funding Request

We at AIL wish to sincerely thank you for your donations to this important project. We have nearly reached our fundraising goal of $200,000. Due to ongoing needs in Afghanistan, we have decided to raise our goal to $300,000. This additional amount will help us to close our projected budget shortfall over the next 18 months. These additional funds will help us to continue the high quality training, education and healthcare of women that have become AIL’s trademark.

 AIL’s annual budget is approximately 1.3 million dollars, with 70% of that funding (approximately $910,000) going directly towards helping Afghan women and girls get the healthcare, education and training that they want and need. AIL will continue to use your donations to establish Women’s Learning Centers (WLC’s) where they are needed, continue funding classes at existing WLC’s, train teachers who can open students minds and provide quality healthcare to those in need.

 The situation for women in Afghanistan is improving. More women and girls have access to education, they are beginning to enter high school and some are continuing their education into college. Their minds are opening and they are becoming leaders in their families and communities. So far in 2012, AIL has served 959,701 Afghans, approximately 70% of whom are women. With your help, we look forward to helping many more. 

Aug 20, 2012

Update on Pakistan Disaster Relief Project

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of families affected by the Pakistan floods of 2009. All of the funding that has been donated to date has been used with the survivors who are continuing to face hardships. AIL will continue to identify those families that are still in need of assistance, and will serve them as more funding becomes available. 


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