Thanks to your donations to our two microprojects, the Afghan Institute of Learning has been able to purchase 12 new sewing machines for use in three of it’s Learning Centers. Two of the Learning Centers are in rural areas. One of the centers is in an urban area, and primarily serves internally displaced people and poor women. All three of these centers have been supported by AIL for a number of years, and all three are well respected in their community for being safe places for women to gather and learn.
As you can see in the pictures, the sewing machines AIL was able to purchase each came with their own desk. This is quite an upgrade for the students, who had become accustomed to using the sewing machines on tables, or on the floor.
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 in these centers a valuable skill which allows them to earn an income, and help support their family. Without your help, these new sewing machines would not have been possible. Thank you.
Thank you so much for supporting our microproject to purchase new sewing machines. We are very pleased to report that we posted 2 microprojects for a total of 8 sewing machines and the projects have received enough funding to purchase TWELVE new sewing machines instead of eight! We are currently in communication with the Afghan Institute of Learning office in Herat to purchase the new machines and determine which centers are most in need. After the machines have been purchased, we will let you know which centers will receive them. We are also hoping to be able to share pictures of AIL students using the new machines once they have been delivered.
These machines are a key component in teaching the Afghan women we work with a valuable skill that helps them to earn an income as well as provide clothing for their family. Again, thank you for your support.
The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society.
AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work.
The women are beginning to see that through education they can have a better life, and are insisting on educating their children. They are taking charge of their health, and we are seeing more and more women requesting workshops on pre-natal issues as well as reproductive health. AIL is encouraged to see so many Afghan women looking forward to a brighter future and is planning to be there to help the women lead the way to the Afghanistan of their dreams.
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