In addition to classes being taught to students in the AIL Learning Centers, the Teacher Training Staff of AIL has also been spending their time training teachers, school staff and school administrators computer skills. Some have never before used a computer. In April, 14 people were trained in computer use Windows Word and Excel.
As this continues and expands, these teachers and school staff will have additional resources and will be able to streamline some of their processes, leaving them more time to advance their curriculum for their students.
In 2010, AIL joined with World Pulse and New Global Citizens to provide safe discussion forums with women and students from around the world. The rural women of one of AIL’s largest Centers are now able to talk with other Afghan women and men from Kabul and Herat cities who are living very different lives than their own. All of these Afghans are now able to talk with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Through contact with the world outside of Afghanistan, these newly literate Afghans are able to make friends, and find mentors and supporters.
Connecting with other people through World Pulse and New Global Citizens provides young Afghans with a variety of opportunities to observe or take part in conversations on a wide variety of subjects of interest. These discussions are informal and respectful and provide an undeniable education on the culture and lives of other people that would be virtually impossible to experience without current technology.
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.
As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!
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:
Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban. She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people. Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”
Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate. In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.
AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.
The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City. The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate. The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.
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.
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.
When you make your donation, check out the Tribute Card and Gift Card options – and please tell a friend about AIL and encourage them to make a donation too.
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.
For over 13 years, the Afghan Institute of Learning has offered computer classes to those who do not know how to use computers. Following is the story of one student:
“My name is Besmellah. I am 20 years old. I want to thank AIL Office and all its staff members. Whatever we learn is due to AIL and my teacher’s hard work. I learn computer in this center and before getting admission to the computer class, it was very difficult for me to work on computer and thought I would never be able to learn computer. However, now I can solve even difficult tasks on the computer because it is said, “Life is struggle and when we stop struggling, we have to get ready for death.” Yes we have to struggle, but besides this we need a guide and a teacher. I found my guide which is the AIL Office which helps many learning centers to work for the people who suffered a lot of pain and difficulties for years. I wish AIL success of the whole world.”
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