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.
Feb 13, 2017

Community Contribution leads to Success

Dear Friends,

When a community asks for AIL to set up a Learning Center (LC) it is a requirement that the community are supportive of the idea both theoretically and practically. Only with community involvement will these poor, uneducated people be able to achieve success in learning new skills. Center request what they want and can support, some immediately want modern skills in the program such as computing. Here is the story of how one community supported its center and its people in 2016.

“One of the local people who lives near the center is called Khalil. He has helped the center a lot. The center did not have a telephone line and we had internet problems so Khalil voluntarily gave his house phone line to the center and helped by holding internet classes and seminars and these continue today. Another man named Naser who has a house on the same road has helped too. He offered to put the course’s advertisement board on the roof of his home because it would be seen more easily. The board is still there today. One of the other neighbors allowed the center to use his house's wall as a board and to advertise its programs. Other families gifted useful informative books in Arabic to help students learn the language.    

This is truly a community effort! This operational approach is what creates sustainable opportunity for males and females to learn modern world skills such as computing which will help them find work. In 2016, 2,044 students were able to attend computer classes in Kabul LCs. In the month of December, Herat LCs had 304 students continuing their computer studies.

Please read our year end newsletter attached.  Thank you for being part of the support for these centers and the students who rely on them.


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Feb 13, 2017

Community Contribution leads to Success for Girls

Dear Friends,

When a community asks for AIL to set up a Learning Center (LC) it is a requirement that the community are supportive of the idea both theoretically and practically. Centers only request what they want and can sustain and many have a high proportion of adolescent girls. Only with community involvement will these poorly educated or illiterate adolescent girls be able to achieve success in learning new skills. Here is the story of how one community supported its center and its women in 2016.

“One of the local people who lives near the center is called Khalil. He has helped the center a lot. The center did not have a telephone line and we had internet problems so Khalil voluntarily gave his house phone line to the center and helped by holding internet classes and seminars and these continue today. Another man named Naser who has a house on the same road has helped too. He offered to put the course’s advertisement board on the roof of his home because it would be seen more easily. The board is still there today. One of the other neighbors allowed the center to use his house's wall as a board and to advertise its programs. Other families gifted useful informative books in Arabic to help students learn the language.    

Herat's Education Department cooperated with the center and provided the opportunity for the center to introduce its programs to the girls' high schools. From the other side of things 4 high schools assisted the center in showing its activities.”      

This is truly a community effort! This operational approach is how AIL and the communities create sustainable opportunity for poor adolescent girls. In 2016, 16,197 females attended LCs under AIL management in Herat and Kabul Province and Peshawar, Pakistan.  To give you a snapshot view: in Herat Province in December there were 4,021 adolescent girls in varied classes including 431 sewing, 6 carpet weaving, 68 embroidery, 745 Arabic, 58 physics, 24 beautician, 262 math, 1,023 literacy, 832 English.

See our year end newsletter. Thank you for being part of the support for these centers and the women who rely on them.


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Feb 13, 2017

Libraries make a difference!

Dear Friends,

AIL supports the Gowhar Shad Library in Herat. This has become a popular and useful resource for people including high school and university students. In 2016, there were 6147 visitors, 3691 female. Here is one story from the librarian:

“On Monday, I opened the library signed the attendance book and arranged the chairs, tables and books. As I sat down behind my desk a  girl entered  the library. She said her name was  Donya from Qazni province and she was in her last year of college. She need to complete a thesis. She needed a safe place to stay for a few days and books from the library. She was researching the period of the Temorian Emperor in Herat.  I guided her to Hotel Nazary to stay and helped her with all the books that she needed. She was able to finish her work after a few days and returned home.

By the end of the year she submitted her thesis and she got the highest score. She called to let us know how happy she was and thankful for our help which made all the difference.

We are very happy and want to help more Afghan girls who are eager to  gain knowledge and need  books. We have books available for them no matter their circumstances. Our job is to help everyone in Afghanistan who needs books and at our library they are all welcome.”

Please read our year end newsletter. Thanks for your support.


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