Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce that this Thursday, August 6 I will be a guest on Beth Green’s radio program, the Inner Revolution. I invite you to listen live, from 6-7pm ET (3-4pm PT) as we discuss my programs in Afghanistan, including the Classes that this project supports. Thursday’s show is titled “The Other Side of Afghan Women: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and See Courage in Action!” and the description is as follows:

Honored for her courage and vision, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is human like us, yet has had to face daunting conditions, which continue to the present day. In 1990, Sakena returned from the US to establish education, health and training programs in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. In 1995 she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning to continue her work. But when the Taliban took power, they devastated women’s rights, including access to education. Instead of crumbling, Sakena worked with communities to establish home schools. The resulting years have seen an astounding litany of accomplishments including the rebuilding of Afghan society. How has she done it? How did her organization found 80 secret schools under the Taliban at the risk of death? And what about today? Although no longer in control of the national government, the Taliban and repressive attitudes toward women still have a hold. What’s happening now? We often see the anguish of Afghan women. Tune in and see the courage.

I will share stories of the wonderful women and girls supported by the Afghan Institute of Learning. Girls like E., a 19-year old Afghan studying in a Mobile Literacy Class at one of AIL’s centers, and supported by you. Stories like this one:

“Hello. I am E., and I am 19 years old. I think this mobile literacy class is so interesting. Before coming to this class I didn’t know anything at all, and since coming I have learned how to read and write, like really read and write, you know? Since learning to communicate with my friends and family via mobile messages, I have made many new friends. I can also manage all of the settings of my phone as well. After this class I plan on taking more classes so that I can use what I have learned here to learn even more. Thanks AIL and Professor Sakena Yacoobi for making it possible for me to attend this class and to change my whole life.”

You can click this link for more information about Thursday’s broadcast. I hope that you will make time to listen!

 Warm Regards,

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Beth Green
Beth Green
Students in an AIL Classroom
Students in an AIL Classroom
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.


A Women Takes Part in the Mobile Literacy Course
A Women Takes Part in the Mobile Literacy Course

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of AIL’s efforts to provide an education to the Afghan women and girls who missed out on the opportunity to attend school. So far in 2015, 8,175 women and girls have taken classes in AIL’s Learning Centers and schools.

Some of these women and girls are participating in AIL’s successful Mobile Literacy Program. This program combines AIL’s proven literacy curriculum with text messaging to accelerate the pace of learning. During the four month long course, 80% of the students go from being illiterate or barely literate to being able to read at a fourth grade level!

One of the mobile literacy students recently said, “I am from Herat. Before coming to this course, I didn’t really know anything about mobile phones, but since coming here I have learned so much about it. In fact, I have learned everything that I need to use the phone. Now I can write messages and dial numbers to call and text my friends and family so easily. I have also learned to save numbers. Before, when I would get a call, I wouldn’t really know how to answer it and I would have to take my phone to a neighbor. Since starting this course, I can now do all of these things for myself. In addition, I am now motivated to learn a profession in order to earn an income and help my family. When this course finishes, I am going to start attending sewing and English classes. I thank AIL for providing me with such a great opportunity.”

Thank you so much for your generous support of AIL’s classes for women and girls! 

Women in an AIL Mobile Literacy Course
Women in an AIL Mobile Literacy Course

Dear Friend,

A Special Day – Today!  Matching Funds Available!

Today we have a great opportunity which we would like your help with. There are matching funds available for ALL donations made to this project today. This is a guaranteed bonus!

Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

The percentage of the match will be determined at midnight; the more given today the greater our bonus!

Your support will allow us to continue providing a high quality education to Afghan women and girls!

Please help by donating  to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.

An AIL Teacher and an Elderly Student
An AIL Teacher and an Elderly Student

Dear Friends,

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) Learning Centers are a highly trusted part of the communities where they exist. The manager of one of the centers recently shared a story that exemplifies the trust that people have in AIL, and we’d like to share that story with you.

Fariba’s husband is working abroad while Fariba stays in Afghanistan with their three daughters. Fariba’s husband wrote her a letter telling her about his health and his daily life in the foreign country, but she was unable to read the letter. She took it to a neighbor, but the neighbor was also illiterate. The neighbor suggested that they take the letter to the AIL Learning Center where they would be able to find someone who could read it for them. As soon as they arrived, they found many women who would be able to read the letter for Fariba. She was thankful to these women, and so happy to hear that her husband was safe and healthy.

The woman who read the letter for her suggested that Fariba begin taking literacy classes so that she could read future letters from her husband, and even write letters of her own. Fariba took their advice, and has now been taking classes for eight months. She said “I recently wrote a letter to my husband telling him about our family’s health. This is such a big step for me, and he was very happy to have a letter written by me.”

Each year AIL’s Learning Centers educate thousands of women, just like Fariba. In 2014, AIL’s Learning Centers educated 16,490 women and girls. Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to updating you on the exciting things that AIL has planned for 2015!


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
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