Recently, AIL was asked by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to report on the impact AIL’s programs have had. We were amazed by our findings. Since beginning in 1996 through May 2009, 220,970 Afghans have been educated in AIL schools, centers and post-secondary programs and overall 6,778,026 Afghan lives have been directly impacted by AIL programs.
AIL was the first to begin fast track classes for females. They have proved to be very successful and the concept has been replicated throughout Afghanistan by other communities and organizations. During the first 6 months of 2009 your donations helped 7,864 Afghan women and girls attend fast-track classes at AIL centers across Afghanistan and in Peshawar, Pakistan. These classes give the students only the skills they need to make a better life for themselves and their families; they also open the students eyes to a world of possibility and give them a sense of self-worth.
We’d like to share two success stories from AIL students:
“My name is Shokreia. I live in a large family of thirteen people. Three of us are less literate, and my sister is can read the best since she is in 9th grade. I decided that I wanted to learn to read too, so I came to this center to take classes to become literate as well as learn about other issues from my teachers. Literacy is like a light that rescues us from unawareness and darkness. I hope to learn well until I can become a good teacher and do service to my compatriots. I want to be a teachers because our prophet was a teacher for all people, so it is a valuable job. I am in the literacy class, and now I can read book sand magazines. Also, I would like to take other classes such as English, computers, beautician and painting. I would like to say thank you to all of the AIL staff for their hard work to raise the capacity of women.”
“I was illiterate and my husband had graduated from high school. My husband’s mother told me that I should learn to read by participating in a literacy course, but that I must take the class at a center where there would not be any men in my class. I found the AIL center and decided to take classes here with my sisters. My husband’s mother has never come here with me, until today. She stood outside the class and watched as our Life Skills class was taught by a man, and I worried about what I should say to her. I began to relax as I realized that my teachers were good and moral people, and decided that I must be patient and after class I would talk to my husband’s mother. When I came out of class, I saw her standing there and I shared with her all of the things I had learned. She told me that she could hear that I was being taught well, and that she would like to join our class.”