Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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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."

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! 


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$263,704 raised of $295,000 goal
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