Emergency Aid for Needy Afghans

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends, 

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

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The AIL emergency aid program is currently maintaining its supplies ready for an emergency situation, be it natural or manmade. The harsh winter weather in Afghanistan has come to an end and the summer heat is starting up. Staff keep a certain amount of supplies in stock such as rice, beans and oil as well as cash as they can buy what is needed at the time.

Recently, a widow, who had received food for her family from AIL during the winter, talked to an AIL trainer and thanked her again for the food that AIL had given her.  She said, "The rice, beans and oil were so important for my children to supplement the bread that I bake everyday."   AIL is in the process of talking to village elders about additional vulnerable women and children who may need food donations during the summer.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing  emergency relief when it arises.

Dear Friends,

October 2015 brought a devastating earthquake to the Hindu Kush mountain area of Afghanistan and affected Pakistan also.  AIL staff in Peshawar immediately went to work purchasing materials and implemented a plan to help 1,000 families. Time has gone by, but many families are still trying to put their lives back together.

Last month the AIL office in Peshawar was able to provide 100 families with supplies to help them out. AIL staff were able to distribute: 100 blankets, 100 floor coverings and 100 water coolers. These families lost everything in the earthquake and are living temporarily in the Pakistan city of Peshawar. In addition, the staff gave out 500 books and 500 notebooks for the children of these families to aid them in their school work. Helping the children stay on track with their learning is vital as disrupting circumstances such as these can easily mean children get behind in school and may never catch up later.

Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends, 

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

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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. Emergency relief has been supplied to needy Afghans who are having a difficult time in the winter weather. The AIL legal clinic continues its work increasing the number of its clients.  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,

October 2015 brought a devastating earthquake to the Hindu Kush mountain area of Afghanistan and affected Pakistan also.  Millions of people were affected, thousands wounded, hundreds died. AIL staff in Peshawar immediately went to work purchasing materials and formulating a plan to help people.

Supplies were purchased such as blankets, floor coverings, food packages (rice, cooking oil, beans, lentil dahl, sugar and milk) water coolers, buckets and washbasins. These supplies were enough to aid 1,000 people.

The staff identified an area in the Bajaur agency and decided to focus their efforts on a couple of the worst affected villages. The people of the area are poor, illiterate and have many problems. Staff visited the chosen site identified the needy families and gave out numbered cards telling the people they would return with supplies. It took the truck 6 hours to transverse the terrain and reach the remote location. People were overjoyed to see the truck arrive loaded down with supplies.  Distribution of the supplies began immediately and took 7 hours to complete.

This is a story about a 18 month old child. “ Her name  is Gulbano and she slept inside a room. When the earthquake happened one side of the ceiling fell down over the child, no one knew where the baby was. When the shaking stopped everyone looking for this child and after one and a half hours her grandmother heard her crying under the mud and dirt inside the room. Her parents dug her out and fortunately she is alive as you can see in the picture.  She is sweet and innocent, she cannot talk or walk but she smiles and is very cute.  She and all the kids in the area were very dirty, hopeless and destitute. They really need help especially because many of the kids were also sick.

Thank you for your support of this worthwhile emergency work. You helped buy supplies and rent the truck and driver and pay staff to get the aid to people who needed it the most. 

In January, AIL has  been providing aid to needy Afghans near its Herat Office. These people have been badly affected by harsh winter weather and need food aid.

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


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,

On 26th October 2015 there was a devastating 7.5 earthquake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province, which borders Pakistan. Many people in the area around Peshawar, Pakistan have lost everything. AIL’s Peshawar office has worked with people in Pakistan for decades and has extensive contacts in the area and frequent experience of helping with natural and other disasters. Staff identified 1,000 earthquake victims they can help in the Peshawar area. 

Funds already available were put to good use. AIL staff prepared supplies and  identified those it can help. The aid consisted of blankets, one week family food parcels– rice , lentils, oil, sugar, tea, floor coverings and cooking utensils, and a truck and driver for delivery of the supplies to 1,000 people.

AIL also launched a special fundraising effort to gather more money to purchase more supplies as there are many people needing help.

This Giving Tuesday support Afghans by providing aid for the needy.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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