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by Afghan Institute of Learning
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

AIL update

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A diverse range of subjects are offered including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers and physics. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education. There are 150 females in 4 month long mobile literacy classes. AIL staff maintain libraries in many LCs to help students with their studies and expose them to as varied a selection of reading matter as possible. Here is a typical story from one center, “We could solve the family problem of two students this month.  One of them is a young woman; her husband is an opium user. He didn’t let his wife join the center.  But we talked with them and were able to get his agreement. After a lot of talk and face to face contact of the center’s manager and elders of the area he did agree with her.  Now the woman is learning in our center. She is very happy about this and thanked AIL staff for changing her life.”  This story reflects the growing problem of opium addiction in the male population and its devastating consequences on both the men and the female members of their families. AIL's education program gives boys hope for the future and skills that they can use for work.

AIL also conducts trainings during the year including teacher training. So far in 2016, 398 teachers (234 female and 164 male) have undergone training in modern methods of teaching. 701 (341 female and 360 male) have been to trainings on other subjects such as leadership, health, violence, tax, administration, IT and computers. The AIL emergency aid program is currently maintaining its supplies ready for an emergency situation, be it natural or manmade. AIL’s legal clinic continues to see women helping them with issues such as marriage, property disputes, custody or business matters. 30 women aged between 17 and 56 were helped with their legal concerns in April. This year AIL’s health program has provided 79,048 patients with health treatment and 50,433 patients have participated in some form of health education. 

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education to men and boys.

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Dear Friends,

AIL has an emphasis on educating females but has always provided educational opportunity to boys and men through its network of Learning Centers. AIL has 3 LCs that have male students only. One of them is at a Boys Orphanage in Herat. There are 50 students who attend classes in English, Literacy and Arabic.

These boys are some of the most vulnerable youth who don’t have families or the families are unable to care for them. In addition to their care and well-being, the boys are also taught gardening which is a skill useful for gaining employment later on. The boys are now safe and in a safe and educational environment where they can grow in knowledge and confidence enabling them to go out and make their way in the world.

“I am Mahmood and I am 16 years old and have been living in the Boys Orphanage for 4 years.  I am disabled as one of my hands, my foot and my tongue have palsy. I felt useless and hopeless.  When I was living with my parents, they were fighting with each other because of the living problems and my disability. My father was always repressing my mother because of me and never sympathetic about her pain. He was always thinking that it is my mother's fault that I was born disabled. Finally, my parents got divorced, and I couldn't do anything. My father was left alone, and he did not know whether to work or to look after me.  He kept me locked in a room at home and was gone to work. When he was back home, I was crying and my father was becoming angrier and didn't know what to do.

With the help of the AIL office I was transferred to the orphanage. I wasn't familiar with the orphanage environment but from the other side I was very happy that I was freed from the room that I was locked in. I was included in a new environment but was unable to walk and faced with many problems. I was falling down and it was hard for me to stand up again, and others were making fun of me. An AIL staff member came to the orphanage and when they asked how I was, I said I wanted to register for the English class and he agreed. I was now part of the English class and continued my lessons. It was later that other boys were influenced by the advice of teachers and others and they changed their behavior to me and became friends with me. My life is completely changed now positively.” 

We are thankful for your continued support for Afghan boys.

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Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours, up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds TODAY! 

Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!! Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.

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Dear Friends,

AIL has always provided educational opportunity to boys and men along with women. In 2015, 7,401 men and boys attended AIL Learning Centers. There are 43 LCs operating at this time and 3 have male students only. There are 12 female only centers with the rest being mixed.

One of the centers in Herat is for the disabled and there are 30 residents including 25 men. The center provides them a place to learn and receive care as there are 3 nursing staff on hand. Most recently the center opened a library to help with the residents' education and for enjoyment. This resident’s comments explain what the center means to these people.

“I am disabled because of my legs and I can’t walk. I am not feeling any mental disability since I came to this center. The nurses helped me get out of a dangerous depression. I never believed in my abilities and I thought I was useless, but I found out about my capacity here. I have a lot of new friends and study literacy here. My mind has changed I have got good feelings about myself and I believe that I can do a lot of good things. I go to the city in my wheelchair a few times a week and attend classes where I learn to live happily and love others in the community. I have also learned about leadership and I have made big decisions for my future.”

This center helps men cope with their disability and look to learn new skills. Many students are now attending regular school and 11 are at university.

Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year. 

We are thankful for your continued support for Learning Centers for men and boys. Together, we are making a difference in Afghan lives.

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Latest News!!

Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends,

Can you help this Giving Tuesday?

AIL’s Learning Centers are there to help all people and though the majority of those educated are women and girls, about 30% of our beneficiaries are men and boys.

In Herat Province alone, AIL has 8,934 students at its Learning Centers, 3,335 are male and of those: 76 are studying chemistry, 158 computers, 58 leadership, and 846 are in literacy classes. AIL also offers classes in traditional Afghan crafts so there are 5 male youth learning glass making, 47 painting, 30 calligraphy and 18 miniature drawing. 

Boys are learning how to read alongside girls, and are learning valuable skills in a number of topics like computer technology and English. All of these skills are important in order to be able to take advantage of work opportunities that can help these young men and their families. Education is the way to stop young boys and men drifting into violence and living lives based on ignorance and biased attitudes. It is the way forward for Afghanistan to become a land of peace and prosperity.

Education engages the youth in their future and that of the whole society. Here are the thoughts of one computer student from the  Farza district  who said, “First of all, I want to thank AIL for giving us this opportunity. My father is farmer and I am also working with him but I wished to study computers. At this center computer is taught without charging any fee. I like this course very much.  Secondly, our economic situation is not good and I couldn’t pay fees for university. As AIL is working always to improve youth I request that AIL start a university with low fees so that we could continue our education.”

Happy Giving Tuesday and thank you for your interest in boys’ education in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$82,314 raised of $99,000 goal
1,970 donations
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