Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends, 

TODAY ONLY September 21st-12:00pmET! 30% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on!

Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds availableThe money runs out fast- so donate now!


This project gets a 50% match as part of Safer World Fund so your donation could be matched 80% if funds last!

The SWF match is up to $1,500 per donor per project.

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If you miss the 30% bonus match your gift to $1,500 could still get the 50% if funds are available.

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers and physics. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.  The mobile literacy students are creating various types of messages on health, peace, forgiveness, and leadership and life affairs. They are taught the characteristics of a being a contributing member of their community. .Below is the story of one woman,

“My name is Amena. I grew up deprived of a formal education. I usually asked others to dial numbers and make calls for me, even in urgent situations. One day my child became ill with a stomach virus, I had a cell phone but I did not know how to use it properly. I came out of my home and I asked a man who was passing by to make the call. As a result of my lack of knowledge with the phone, my child nearly died. This caused me great distress. Now as a student of the Mobile Literacy Class, I am able to use my cellphone by myself. For example, I learned to dial number, create free text message and send it to the others. I am able to communicate with other women, my relatives, classmates and neighborhood easily. Participating in this class has been a turning point in my life. I appreciate Prof. Sakena Yacoobi as a kind mother who always helps women build their self-worth. “

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare for women!

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 782 students in sewing classes in Herat and 177 in Kabul and other provinces. 

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 self-dependent 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. 

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers and physics. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.

Girls can enter fast track classes if they are ready for them. There are 150 females in the fast track 4 month long mobile literacy classes. AIL staff maintain libraries in many LCs to help students with their studies and expose them to as varied a selection of reading matter as possible so they can move forward with their education as quickly as possible.  Here is a typical story from one center, “We could solve the family problem of two students this month.  One of them is a young woman; her husband is an opium user. He didn’t let his wife join the center.  But we talked with them and were able to get his agreement. After a lot of talk and face to face contact of the center’s manager and elders of the area he did agree with her.  Now the woman is learning in our center. She is very happy about this and thanked AIL staff for changing her life.”  This story reflects the growing problem of opium addiction in the male population and its devastating consequences on both the men and the female members of their families. AIL's education program gives students hope for the future and skills that they can use for work. The fast track classes especially helps the women who have responsibilities at home and complex family dynamics move efficiently through a study program.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education.

Dear Friends,

When a student walks in the door of an AIL Learning Center it can be a path to changing her life and the prospects for her whole family. Learning computing can change a life. Here is a story from one center:

“Zahra, a student from one of the Herat Learning Centers achieved first place in a competition between about 100 persons who applied for a job as an employee for an organization. Zahra completed the English and Computer learning program at the center. She was usually the best in her classes and got top marks. We are very happy about her that she is a successful person and can help her family. Her family are illiterate people who are living in a poor economic situation. The salary of Zahra will help them to have a better life. She is thankful for the AIL learning center that created changes in her life.”

AIL helps students at all levels of aspiration. Those who want to read and write do so, then some want more and take math class. Others start out wanting to learn a skill to earn money such as sewing. Some then go further wanting to learn English and computing which gives them real advantage in the workplace. AIL always seeks to adapt to changing needs and incorporate modern subjects into curriculums if it is requested. AIL also creates different pathways so if students are ready for a fast track approach the opportunity to move quickly is there and they can take the option to broaden the subjects they are studying.

Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours, up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds TODAY! 

Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!! So a donation of $20 on March 16th only will be worth $40!! Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$255,339 raised of $295,000 goal
3,733 donations
$39,661 to go
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