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Apr 29, 2019

Food Aid Distribution

We wanted to update you on our regular winter food aid program. At one distribution event AIL gave out 120 food-kits to the poor. These families were struggling and starving in cold weather in early winter. Each food-kit contained rice, cooking oil, peas, kidney beans and tomato paste. Poor people are referred to AIL office for this assistance. Many are unemployed but even those with some work find it hard to make ends meet. Some recipients have jobs as night guards and drivers. 

We have still working to aid the victims of the recent floods we reported on last time.

Thank you for your support.

Apr 9, 2019

Afghanistan hit by Flooding

Last week saw devastating flooding in 7 provinces of Afghanistan, including Herat. Many lives were lost and thousands of people have lost homes, livelihoods and now are in desperate need of the basics for living.

AIL is working to aid survivors by providing food and clothing and possibly other items, expanding their usual food aid program to meet the needs of this catastrophic event.

Dr. Yacoobi (AIL’s CEO) said, “It is a terrible situation for so many people, especially the poor who have few resources to draw on. They lack family to go to in other areas and have lost what shelter they had. Everyone needs food, water and shelter.”

We are launching a special  fundraising effort to aid victims. Can you help?

Thank you.

News

Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs.  She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!”

  

Feb 17, 2019

Learning Centers have a Busy Year

At the start of this new year we reflect on what we have achieved in 2018 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 students (19,095 female) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, 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, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural).

Here are a couple of our favorite AIL stories from the year. Nadia is a Computer class student. “I attended the computer class for 5 months and I learned a great deal.  I am now a fully skilled computer programmer. Computer skills are extremely important and everyone needs to have them.  I am so proud of myself, that I learned this skill and can work for my countrymen.  Recently, I got a part-time job at a foundation for women. I exchange emails and coordinate meetings for the board of directors. I earn money and can buy whatever I need. I am also able to teach computer skills to my children, and don’t need to pay anyone else to do it.  I can communicate with friends and I continue to improve my skills. Whenever a woman can earn money she can live independently and support their family.”

Aqeela attended a 4 month Mobile Literacy Class. “I lost the chance of being educated when I was a teen. I am so happy to have the opportunity to take part in this class and learn to read and write. I heard good things about the class and this persuaded me to join it. In the past 4 months, I learned to be a new person literate and educated in many things. I have become a skillful woman who is able to change the rest of her life.” 

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