Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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!

AIL Sewing Students
AIL Sewing Students

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)! This year has been fantastic for AIL's Learning Centers (LCs), with nearly 17,000 women and girls coming through the doors of AIL’s centers for classes in subjects such as, English, math, science, Arabic, tailoring, crochet, computers and more. This summer and fall were a tumultuous time in Afghanistan, but we are happy to say that despite the instability, all of the LCs remain open. In addition, the AIL office in Herat has begun supporting three new Learning Centers.

Our staff recently spoke with a 24 year-old woman named Zahra who is taking classes at one LC in Herat Province. Zahra came to the center to enroll her children in classes and saw that there were many women her age having lessons. She spoke with the women who told her that the center offered great classes for women. Her husband was against the idea at first, but she enrolled anyway. They had many disagreements about her taking lessons, but Zahra’s husband was soon convinced that the classes were a good idea after the young woman learned to sew and was able to start a small businesses sewing clothing for other families.

Zahra said “I am now so happy that I have a skill. My husband is very happy as well. He has seen that I have learned this skill in a sound, safe and good educational environment. The class has been helpful in other ways too. I have made friends, and learned so much about how to keep my children healthy. I am so thankful to AIL for offering me the opportunity to support myself and my family and changing my life for the better.”

Thank you for supporting our program, and women just like Zahra who are looking for a way to improve their lives. We have attached our year end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it. 

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi with young female students
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi with young female students

The Safer World Fund has selected our project to support through a 50% match on all donations made while funds last! Your donation of $10 becomes $15, or $50 becomes $75.

 Since you have supported our project in the past, you know that the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) programs seeks to help Afghans reach their full potential. Recently, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder and CEO of AIL, said that she believes that in order for people to reach their full potential they need to be educated, healthy, safe and have a stable economy.  When people do not feel safe, they cannot leave their houses. This means they cannot get an education or work, and when this happens, the whole economy suffers. Also, when a person is malnourished, they cannot learn or work.

 AIL is helping to address all four of these issues through it’s programs. AIL offers Afghans a safe place to come and learn by working closely with the communities where its programs exist. These programs offer education, including health education and resources on how to live a healthy life, which lead to people having the skills they need to be employed. People who are employed contribute to the economy and the security of a community. AIL’s holistic programs address all of the needs of those that they work with in a culturally sensitive manner, and in the end the communities are better educated, healthier, more economically stable and ultimately safer.

 We thank you for your past contributions to our efforts to educate Afghan women. As the situation continues to change in Afghanistan, your support has become even more important. We hope that you will rise to the challenge and help us take advantage of this matching opportunity! 


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
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