Emergency Aid for Needy Afghans

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 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. 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.

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 tries to be ready for any eventuality, including natural or other disasters. There  are many poor Afghans who need a helping hand to get by.  Aid takes the form of food such as oil, peas, legumes and rice. AIL replenishes its supplies after winter and tries to anticipate demand in the coming months.

Currently, AIL is raising funds to hold in readiness for when need arises. There are always vulnerable people and when all else fails,AIL becomes a lifeline to them for which they are extremely grateful. "Now my children will not be hungry. I had no way to get enough food before coming here," said one woman.

Thanks for your support for aid for the needy in Afghanistan.

Remember  9am ET September 16th to donate!

Students in an AIL Program
Students in an AIL Program
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.



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Organization Information

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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