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.
Jan 8, 2017

Thank You

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.   As soon as the funds are in place the machines will been purchased and we will let you know! 

Thank you for your support!

Dec 7, 2016

Sewing Class has Two New Sewing Machines

Dear Donor,

Thanks to your donation to our microproject, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been able to purchase 2 new sewing machines for use in one of its largest Learning Centers in Herat Province. Jabraeel Center has over a thousand students and 168 are studying sewing (75 of these are aged between 10 and 19). The course lasts for 9 months and when ended a new one begins as there is always demand for this course. Women and girls often remark what a difference being able to sew has made in their lives one student said, “I learned sewing in 6 months at the AIL center. Before coming here I was broke but  now I have my own business. I work at home doing sewing and I do jobs for people and get paid for it!”

Thank you again for your donations. Being able to replace the broken sewing machines means that AIL will be able to continue teaching the women at Jabraeel, a valuable skill which allows them to earn an income, and help support their families. Without your help, providing new sewing machines would not have been possible.

 Thank you. 

Nov 29, 2016

Women Learn Sewing Skills-50% Match on Giving Tuesday!

Dear Friends, 

AIL offers women and girls various courses at its Learning Centers (LCs)   to expand their skills and help them contribute more to their families and communities. These women gain knowledge that improves their lives and that of their families. One of the most popular skills to learn is sewing and currently there are 818 students in sewing classes in Herat. 

Upon completion of a sewing class, students can sew any kind of garment. They can make their own clothes as well as set up a small business making clothes for other people. This helps them become self- supporting and improves the economic situation of their families. As important, is the fact that these women gain self-confidence and see themselves as valuable and able to contribute to society. This sort of skills learning and change in mindset is a success for any LC.  One of students shares her success:“My name is Gul Nisa, I am one of the sewing class students. I learned sewing through AIL’s Learning Center. Today, I can sew dresses for my neighborhood and earn money. I never thought that one day I will be independent and able to help my family. I want to thank AIL for making my dream come true and I hope many future successes for them.” 

A bright and hopeful future for women Afghanistan! Thank you for your continued support of AIL programs. 

 
   

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