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.
Nov 14, 2012

Education Leading to a Brighter Future

Thank you for all you have contributed towards AIL’s goal of educating Afghan refugees in Pakistan. While conditions are still challenging, AIL is seeing positive changes in the lives of those Afghans that it works with. 

Through September 2012 AIL has educated 629 children in it’s preschool education program in Pakistan, 536 people in it’s Learning Centers and 1587 students in schools. This is a total of 2,752 Afghan refugees receiving education in AIL’s schools and centers. 

AIL’s Executive Director, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi was recently interviewed and asked her opinions on unlocking the potential of Afghan women. Here is what she had to say, 

“ Afghanistan, for about 35 years has been at war, and through this war situation, the women have been abused and violated against all the time, and also a major part of the society ignored the part of the woman... if you ignore 60% of society, you are not getting anywhere.”
“ Women have the capacity if you really give them the environment, if you really work with them and give them opportunity, they will blossom and they will nourish and they will be able to provide so much for the nation that the nation will go through transformation.”
“ So in order to really build this nation, we must work with woman and children, and that's we're doing. And through working with women and educating them, we have been reach, like, about 9 million people so far in my 15 years. 9 million people when we reach, right now all of a sudden we see the transformation is taking place. Women are more empowered. They go to the task force, they go to the political arena, and they are working toward democracy. They understand. Before, they didn't understand what we're trying to ask them what to do, and in order for them to understand, we must educate them and give them awareness. And through many, many workshop, like leadership workshop, management workshop, peace education, we help the woman to help themself.”
“ Through this process of educating young woman and young girls, I have seen many, many lives have been changed, their style of life change, they become very powerful. They become self-sufficient.” 

Don’t forget!  The holidays are a great time to share your passion for AIL and the great work that they do! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to AIL’s projects. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help AIL take advantage of this opportunity early!

Aug 28, 2012

Books Are Starting to be Published

Thank you for your interest in and support of AIL’s goal to purchase and publish books for libraries in Herat. The initial donations received for this project have gone towards the publishing of reading books by local authors in Herat. These books are vital for the continuing education of Afghans in Herat, giving them a way to practice the skills they have learned in literacy classes. So far, there has been a great deal of interest in the books, and we are excited to begin to distribute them. In the future, we are hoping to have the funds to add to the libraries in our schools and centers as well as the public library in Herat. 

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.”

 
   

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