Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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 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!


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!




Dear Friends,

We know we just wrote to you, but we hope you will forgive us for writing again so soon!

A great 100% match opportunity was just announced!

If you are not yet a recurring donor and sign up for recurring donations between September 21st to 25th then Global Giving will do a 100% match (of the first donation) up to $200 per donor. It must be a minimum 4 month recurring donation.

So if you sign up to give $50 each month for 4 months. Your gift of $200 will be worth $250!!

But wait there is more!! This project is part of the Safer World Fund so all donations are SWF matched to 50%! (while SWF money lasts)

So add another $100 to the total – Your gift of $200 now worth $350!!!

Can you take this opportunity for a double match?  Click this link and choose the recurring donation option!

Education Update

We are working hard to provide as many girls as we can with a quality education. So far in 2015, 9,904 adolescent girls are attending  AIL classes in Afghanistan. There are classes in math, literacy, sewing, English, Arabic, Dari and many other topics. Girls are also learning about health, leadership, elections, democracy and civil society. Lives are changing because minds are being opened to knowledge and self belief.

A student called Masouma said, “ I wasn’t doing anything when I came to this center.  But they put me in literacy class and now I can read and write and soon I will be ready, and they will put me through public school. I want to continue my education as long as I can. I want to thank AIL, it has been a great opportunity for me. I don't know what I would be doing without the center and the classes here."


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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$255,294 raised of $295,000 goal
3,730 donations
$39,706 to go
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