2013 has thus far been a successful year for Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Our learning centers are growing and expanding, and the attendance rates for our Herat and Kabul centers are significantly higher than the rates recorded last year. Small communities in rural parts of the country have requested that AIL open centers in their villages, because they see the positive impact these centers have on communities comparable to their own. Changes like these are promising because it shows that perceptions on educating women and girls has transformed to the point where communities are actively requesting that AIL educate their wives and daughters.
We are providing education to a growing number of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds. In January of this year, we brought education to over 7,300 girls in subjects such as literacy, English, Arabic, and computer technology. We have also provided these women and girls with ample opportunities to gain skills in sewing, tailoring, carpet and silk weaving, macramé, and painting. All of these skills open doors for careers and other opportunities to make an income. In addition, our Fast-Track program has opened doors to women and girls by providing them with flexible schedules to learn the basics as fast or as slow as they are able to. We have recently started a mobile literacy course where students can obtain accelerated proficiency in literacy in as little as 4 months. Again, we wish to thank you all for your generosity and compassion in making these hopeful changes possible!
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