Emergency Aid for Needy Afghans

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) various projects on GlobalGiving. Over the years, the Global Giving donors have become invaluable to AIL. Through your generous support, AIL has been able to provide Afghans with education, health care, training and more.

It is your continued support that is now allowing AIL to evolve along with the young people of Afghanistan. We’d like to share with you the story of how one young woman’s life has been changed thanks to one of AIL’s programs:

I am a 19-year-old woman with two children. I had always wanted to go to school and learn to read, but there was not a school close to my home. It was not safe for me to try and travel to another village to go to school, but I always told myself that if I could go to school, I would be able to get a job and reach my goals.

It was painful to me when my brother learned to read and write, but I couldn’t. One day I watched some women and children who were going somewhere. When I saw that one of them was a woman who had an 8-year-old girl with her, I stopped her and said “Excuse me. Where are you going?” She answered, “A learning center has been established for illiterate women and their children recently. I am going to register myself and my children.”

When I heard this, I was so happy and I said to her, “Please wait a minute. I want to go with you and start to take classes too.” I joined them on their way to the learning center. When we arrived, I was so excited because I saw a lot of women there who had been learning.

Now, I can read and write and I can say proudly that I am literate. I have also learned to be healthy and to be a leader. I am reaching out and touching my wishes and goals. I thank AIL for this opportunity to reach my goals.

Thank you for the support that you give to AIL. We are so grateful to all of our supporters for their continued support of our projects on GlobalGiving. Thank you!

All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to thank our donors for their support of our “Save Poor Afghan Families from Starving” project. Our food distribution program is helping more and more families get necessary food to prevent malnutrition, particularly in young children. In August, we provided food to 17 families and more than 100 individuals.. In September, we will be distributing food to many more families and you can read about it in our next report. The food we distribute provides necessary staples for traditional Afghan meals, including rice, beans, and oil.

The recipients of this food aid, the hungry and impoverished of Afghanistan, are very grateful for your care of their well-being. Because of your donations, dozens of families will have enough to eat and the children of these families will be able to go to school with a hungry mind, not a hungry belly. Providing food for poor Afghans is just one part of our program. In addition to providing monthly provisions to prevent starvation or exposure, we are taking many steps to provide the breadwinners of the family with training through our learning centers in marketable skills so that they may be able to earn a living and become self-sustaining. These training programs include courses in tailoring, literacy, and carpet weaving; all are skills that can provide an income for a family. In addition to providing training programs, AIL supported clinics also provide medical care to malnourished children so that their condition does not seriously affect their development into adults. Again, we want to thank you all for your donations. AIL and the people of Afghanistan are thankful for your continued support! 

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton

So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you. 

First, two weeks ago the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University.  

The official citation reads: 

With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world. 

Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country

The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning. 

Again, we’d like to thank you for your generous donations to our project. It is because of you that we are able to provide assistance to those in need. Thank you!

A Elderly Women Receiving Food
A Elderly Women Receiving Food

Winter is the most difficult time for the poor and needy in Afghanistan.  It is cold,  and food and fuel are scarce.  In February 2013, AIL Herat staff distributed food packets of  rice, oil, beans, and peas to many poor  families.  AIL staff estimates that each food packet they distribute provides food for as many as 10 people in a family.  With this distribution, hundreds of poor women, men and children had food for a week.   One women, whose husband is a drug addict, has nine children and is very poor;  she was so grateful for the food for her family.  

We have included a few of the pictures from the distribution in this report. 

Thank you so much for your support for this project!!

Women Receiving Food
Women Receiving Food

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.  As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society. 

AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work. 


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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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