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.
Grateful and Undaunted
At this time of year, we are reminded of our many blessings and how the people in our lives enrich us and bring joy to every day. All of us at the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) are especially grateful to you, for your generous support of our efforts to help the people of Afghanistan overcome many challenges: women are emerging from the darkness of illiteracy to a bright and hopeful future; rural Afghan villages are being empowered to provide education and health care for their children – boys and girls; young men and boys who were part of the violence are finding a reason to believe in peace. All of this and much more is possible because of your contribution. Thank you!
As you celebrate this Holiday Season and anticipate the approach of the New Year, we hope that you will think of us again and make another donation to help ensure AIL is able to continue our work. You have most likely heard that Afghanistan continues to suffer terrible insecurity and poverty. But AIL is undaunted by the headlines because we know that the people of Afghanistan are working hard every day to improve their lives and the future of their country. Together with the people of Afghanistan, we are confident because we know that people like you believe in us and stand by us.
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No matter what our circumstances today, when we believe in each other and work together, we can be assured that tomorrow will be better. Seasons Greetings and thank you again.
AIL Executive Director
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