In September, the staff of the Afghan Institute of Learning in Herat was asked to help the orphans at the Khaja Abdula Ansari Orphanage. This request came from the head of social work and affairs. After determining that their nutritional needs were being met by the orphanage, the staff traveled to the orphanage and distributed clothing to 197 orphans made up of 117 females and 80 males.
January, February and March are the worst months for those in Afghanistan who are poor and hungry. AIL is currently working with local village elders to identify where the most help is needed during the cold winter months. Further distributions of food to individual recipients will be happening soon.
Thank you for all of your 2011 donations. We hope we can depend on you in the coming year.
A recent article published by IRIN estimates that one and a half to two million additional people will face food shortages in Afghanistan due to an ongoing drought in northern, northeastern and western Afghanistan. This is in addition to the seven million residents already facing food shortages.
In Afghanistan, August was the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, in response to the increasing food shortages and increase in prices, the Afghan Institute of Learning distributed staples such as rice and oil to those in need in Herat. 150 families, each having six or seven members were served. Most of these families are headed by widows. In all, over 900 people were beneficiaries of this food distribution. The Ministry of Women Affairs helped to identify those in need.
In March of this year, 300 poor families in Herat City and nearby villages were provided with oil, peas, beans, tea and sugar. Each of these families had at least six members, meaning that 1800 people were reached.
One recipient said, “I am a widow. I have a son who is addicted to narcotics. He is a daily worker, but when he gets some money from his work, he spends it on narcotics; so he left and went from house so we don’t have any one to support us. I am thankful for this emergency assistance of AIL that helped us.”
In November of 2010, the AIL office in Herat purchased food items such as sugar, edible oil, teas and beans to distribute to at least 300 families. In December, they began to distribute the food items with the assistance of one of AIL's Learning Centers, to 50 families (at least 6 family members each) made up of widows and orphans from the nearby Asia Kalookhi village. In January 2011, another 176 people (22 families with 8 family members each) from Herat City and some nearby villages received food distributions. Many of them had not received food from anyone else and were very thankful to AIL for providing assistance to them when they needed it most.
Five Reasons to Celebrate
The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.
Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.
In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible. Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:
Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.
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