We are so very excited to tell you that our Global Giving Project, “Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls” has been chosen as one of eight projects of the Safer World Campaign. The Safer World Fund began as a response of family and friends of loved ones killed in the terrorist acts of 9/11. It is now engaging many people who recognize how individuals can help fight terrorism. By supporting basic education, vocational training, and health care, these projects offer opportunities to impoverished people in the poorest areas of the world, especially girls and women.
If you would like to continue to help the women and children of Afghanistan further their education, please make a donation starting September 11, 2011. The Safer World Project has pledged a total of $50,000.00 in matching funds to the chosen eight projects on that date and will provide a 50% matching donation up to $1000. (Ex. Donation of $2,000/matching gift of $1,000; Donation of $500/matching gift of $250.00) The earlier you make a donation on September 11 (beginning at 12:01 AM EST) the better, as when they have exhausted their matching funds, the challenge is over.
Our fast-tracking program offers women and girls the opportunity to catch up on educational opportunities that they missed during the reign of the Taliban. At that time, they were not permitted to be educated. Now, as Afghanistan evolves, women want to learn and hope that their country will finally know peace.
As of June, 2011, The Afghan Institute of Learning has provided educational opportunities to almost 270,000 Afghan people. Of that amount, more than 150,000 were women and girls in our fast-track programs. In June alone, AIL served 5,038 women in fast-track classes at 28 Learning Centers.
Farida, a student at the Zarghoona Ana center states, “Everyone want to get knowledge, learn something and be educated person because uneducated people are like blind and can’t see anything. So, as long as I be alive, I will continue my learning and get more knowledge.”
We would like to sincerely thank you for your prior support of this project. We hope that you feel as much pride as we do in helping to improve the lives of Afghan women and children.
Etifaq Mosque (WLC) is in a poor area of Kabul City. AIL has been supporting the center for several years. For many of the girls in this area, the center is the only place that their families will let them go to get an education. Here is the story of one of the students:
I am Marofa daughter of Ali Jan. I was totally illiterate because my family didn’t let me to get education. Corresponding to the interest I had in attending school, I joined this center. With the help of AIL; now I can read and write without any difficulties. Thus, I am so happy and thankful of AIL that contributes girls in getting and continuing their education. I wish them lots of success in this path.
AIL has opened four additional learning centers this year. In the first quarter of 2011, more than 6000 students (the majority are female) attended learning centers in their communities and had the opportunity to study various subjects such as literacy, math, English, computers, etc.
Latifa, an AIL Center adult student says, “I was born into a poor family. My parents were illiterate. I attended the AIL center and learned to read Arabic. My life has turned around and I am learning to change my family’s life.”
Five Reasons to Celebrate
The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.
Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.
In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible. Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:
Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.
Grateful and Undaunted
At this time of year, we are reminded of our many blessings and how the people in our lives enrich us and bring joy to every day. All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) are especially grateful to you, for your generous support of our efforts to help the people of Afghanistan overcome many challenges. Through education, teacher training, health care programs, and emergency assistance, as one woman put it, “… AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.” We are able to serve that vital role – for the women, men, and children of Afghanistan – because of your contribution. Thank you!
As you celebrate this Holiday Season and anticipate the approach of the New Year, we hope that you will think of us again and make another donation to help ensure AIL is able to continue our work. You have most likely heard that Afghanistan continues to suffer terrible insecurity and poverty. But AIL is undaunted by the headlines because we know that the people of Afghanistan are working hard every day to improve their lives and the future of their country. Together with the people of Afghanistan, we are confident because we know that people like you believe in us and stand by us.
When you make your donation, check out the Tribute Card and Gift Card options – and please tell a friend about AIL and encourage them to make a donation too. As AIL’s founder and executive director, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has said, “Reach out to others and give a gift to yourself.”
No matter what our circumstances today, when we believe in each other and work together, we can be assured that tomorrow will be better. Seasons Greetings and thank you again.
AIL Executive Director
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