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.