Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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.

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.

Dear Friends,

Today only,October 7, make your donation go even further!

Noon to midnight ET on GlobalGiving.com donations to these special projects will be eligible for Youthspark bonus funds from Microsoft , but the money will go quickly.

Here are the eligible projects: 

362 Educating Tibetan Refugee Children and Youth

1534 Give Schooling and Housing for Children from Nepal

12500 Help Fund Scholarships for Afghan Children

1143 Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books

8791 Transform the Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

So far in 2015, Afghan Institute of Learning Centers have educated over 20,000 students , the health program has provided care to over 129,000 people  and health education to 82,000! Your donation will help AIL to continue providing vital education and health services and transform lives for the better in Afghanistan. Many young Afghan boys are in need of good educational opportunity so they can do well in life and stay out of trouble. Currently, one AIL facility the AIL Street Children Center has 130 boys who go to class and some receive housing and clothing as needed. Many have progressed to the stage where they can rejoin school and now hope to go onto university too!

The matching funds are only available for a limited time, so be sure to make your donations on October 7 at 12.01 pm ET! All donations are final and up to $1,000 per donor per organization can be matched. The percentage of the match will be determined at the end of the day. The percentage of the match will be determined at the end of the day.

Dear Friends,

Bonus Day September 16th!  30% matching funds available for this project!

Can you help?

Donate between 9am- midnight ET September 16th and get a 30% match up to $1,000 per donor per organization! Funds will go quickly!

 AIL is helping some of the most vulnerable boys in Herat City. There are 130 boys at the Street Children LC, some have come in off the streets where they were either wandering aimlessly or trying to earn a little money selling items. Other boys were in school, but had fallen behind in their subjects and needed extra help. All these boys now attend classes in a safe environment. When they are ready, they start studying at the public school but they still receive help at the Street Children LC, where they live. There are 78 in literacy, 39 in math, and 13 studying English.The boys now have purpose and are motivated to do well in school; some already aspire to go to university or to be teachers themselves.

Here is Ahmad’s story:“ I am Ahmad  and I am one of the  students of the AIL Street Children Learning Center. I am going to public school and I am also studying here at the center. My subjects at school are very tough since I want to study hard. Among all the subjects, one of the most difficult ones for me was English. They didn’t really help and teach us well at school, and I couldn’t go to any courses because of the expense but since I came here to this center, I started taking English classes with many of the other students and we are all doing well at it. Now I am doing great at school in English subjects and it has been awhile since I was chosen as the assistant to the English teacher. Our English classes at the center are really great; we are speaking, and doing group work and acting. There are a few of my classmates who already started teaching it at  other Learning Centers. I am also going to start teaching English at those centers, I will be more motivated, strengthened and I will be supported financially.  I want to thank AIL for changing my life.”

Thank you for your interest in boys education in Afghanistan.

 

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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