Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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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.

Dear Friends,

50% Match Available!  We would love your help!  

There are 50% matching funds available for donations made to  these 2 projects through GLOBAL GIVING UK starting TODAY 9am ET March 7th to 14th. Funds will run out quickly! 

Please note: You must go to GG UK site at this link NOT Global Giving.org. All donations are final. Please check leaderboard to see if matching funds still available. Here are the projects: 

 921     Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

1155     Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Online donations up to 500 UK pounds per unique donor per project get the match. So you can donate to more than one project.   

AIL is changing lives every day. In 2015, a total of 22,096 (14,616 female) students attended classes at AIL Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The classes offered vary from site to site depending on the community requests. They can include English and computers together with the perennial favorites of literacy, math and sewing. AIL is also promoting Afghan culture by providing lessons in carpet weaving, tile making, miniature painting, calligraphy and many other traditional Afghan crafts. One popular class is Mobile Literacy where students start out with little knowledge of reading and many end up reading at 4th grade level in only 4 months!. A recent class of 30 female students that finished at the end of September had results of 25 students reading at 4th grade and 5 at 3rd grade level by the end of the course.

Here are the words of one student, "My name is Latifa. From the day that I joined the Mobile Literacy class I felt a big and observable change in my life. In this class in addition to reading and writing we learned about new technology. On the first day, we were excited from the moment our teacher started teaching as we got how interesting it is. Now I can read and write and also I can message to my family and friends."

Your donation will help AIL to provide educational opportunity to poor Afghan women and girls. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

2015 was a busy year for AIL’s 43 Learning Centers which served  21,972 students, 14,571 female including 10,739 adolescent girls.

In 2015, AIL Learning Centers taught 3,276 students computing skills which will be invaluable when they seek jobs in the local economy. Many of these computer students are girls or young women.  The classes are always popular and AIL frequently receives requests from individuals and centers for these classes.

Here is an inspiring story about one of those students, “This student used to live in a village with family and although the parents were not educated people, they encouraged their children to study. In their village there was a school which was not of a high standard and the teachers were not experienced. So the parents wanted their child to study in the city school even though they were poor. The student started studying in the city school in order get a good education and become a highly capable person. After school the student attended AIL’s English and computer class. After graduating from school this student went back to the village and opened a learning center and started teaching English and computing to earn a living and to help change the lives of youth in the community.”

What a difference good education makes in a life! Not only education but opportunity to learn modern marketable skills. Thank you for contributing to our work helping equip women and girls with skills they can use to make a better life for themselves and their communities.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We thank you for the support you have given in 2015. Your giving has changed lives in many Afghan communities.  There are only a few more days left in 2015 and donations of any amount are always welcome!

You may want to take advantage of this donation option - This project and one other are part of the  Safer World Fund at Global Giving.

Safer World Fund is offering a 50% matching donation up to $1,500 per donor per project (until funds run out or the project gets the maximum match of $15,000.)

Just think! Your donation of $40 to help women with healthcare will be worth $60 AND your donation of $40 to Afghan education will be worth $60. The matching funds are limited time, so make your donation now!

Links to Two eligible Projects:

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Children 

Education is transformative. The women and girls who come to AIL Learning Centers grow and develop in knowledge, thinking skills and self- confidence. They realize they are capable and seek more opportunity to learn and grow. This story shows this transformative effect.

 “I am Zahra and I am 22 years old and one of the sewing class students. Here at the center I have learned sewing in six months and now I am working outside of the center in my own business. Before coming here, we were totally broke and disappointed since we all had no job and no income in the family whatsoever. I couldn’t do anything, there was nothing that I could do. After I heard about this center, I came and started literacy and sewing. I had never been to school before and never did sewing and it was a big challenge and opportunity for me. After a while at the literacy classes, I learned how to read and write and then I started studying on my own.  I started sewing classes and it took me a while till I learned the skills and started working seriously. Now besides working at the center, I am also working at home, sewing and I am almost the only bread winner of home!”

So far in 2015, there have been 14,363 females taking classes in AIL Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

2015 Newsletter attached with information on AIL!

Thank you for your support!


Attachments:

Latest News!!

Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education.  “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends, 

This Giving Tuesday make your gift go further!

AIL has two projects in the 2015-16 Safer World Fund within Global Giving.

What does this mean?

Safer World Fund is offering a 50% matching donation up to $1,500 per donor per project (until funds run out or the project gets the maximum match of $15,000.)

Just think! Your donation of $40 to help women with healthcare will be worth $60 AND your donation of $40 to Afghan education will be worth $60. The matching funds are limited time, so make your donation now!

Two eligible Projects

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Children

AIL developed its Learning Center program many years ago and the approach has proven effective in educating women of all ages. So far in 2015, 14,309 females (10,522 adolescent girls) have attended classes at Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in varying subjects including, math, literacy, Arabic, English, computers and sewing.

Many students have never had any formal education or very little. Here is one story of a life transformed by AIL: Fatima was brought to the girls’ orphanage in Herat when she was about 8 years old by her relatives.  Both of her parents had died and she had no brothers or sisters.  She was very unhappy and devastated when she came.  She went to school and, when AIL began working with the girls’ orphanage setting up a Learning Center and offering computer and tailoring classes in the afternoon, she joined them.  She is now in the 8th grade and has excellent computer and tailoring skills.  She works for a small NGO in Herat teaching their students tailoring and doing their computer work.  They are paying her so she has begun to earn money for herself.  All of this has transformed her!!  She is happy, always helping the younger students with their homework and is looking forward to finishing high school, going to university and becoming a teacher.

We are so thankful for your continued support. Together, we are making a difference in lives of the women and girls. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$259,536 raised of $295,000 goal
 
3,781 donations
$35,464 to go
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