Afghans Learn Computing for their Jobs

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends,

People are keen to learn computing both because it is interesting but also because it is a marketable skill for when they seek work. In the month of June in Herat Learning Centers, 387 students are studying computing, including 193 males and 194 females. In the Kabul Province and other provinces there were 169 computer students including 87 males in 3 centers where the classes were male only. One of these classes is in Wardak Province which has a lot of security issues so the fact that the class is running is remarkable. Two of the Kabul classes are a combined English and computing 6 month course which is highly regarded. All students learn computer functions and popular programs such as Word and Excel.

Here is a story from one student, “I am student in 12thgrade. I had problems in English and computer class. My father didn’t let me  join the courses where boys and girls study together so I faced a lot of problems and was searching for a course that I could join. One of my classmates told me about this Learning Center. It is free and  all students are female! I talked with my family and they let me join the center. My teacher is so kind and nice  I am so happy and thankful to AIL for providing this opportunity to Afghan girls .” 

Thank you for contributing to our work helping equip people with skills they can use to make a better life for themselves and their communities.

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

AIL update

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.  Here is a typical story from one center, “We could solve the family problem of two students this month.  One of them is a young woman; her husband is an opium user. He didn’t let his wife join the center.  But we talked with them and were able to get his agreement. After a lot of talk and face to face contact of the center’s manager and elders of the area he did agree with her.  Now the woman is learning in our center. She is very happy about this and thanked AIL staff for changing her life.”  This woman is at the  start of her journey in education which can culminate in more sophisticated learning such as computing and English, which AIL provides as well as the basics of literacy and math.  This story illustrates the growing problem of opium addiction in the male population and its devastating consequences on both the men and the female members of their families. AIL's education program gives young people hope for the future and valued skills such as computing which they can use to get work.

AIL also conducts in depth trainings during the year and so far in 2016, 701 people (341 female and 360 male) have been to trainings on subjects such as leadership, health, violence, tax, administration, IT and computers. AIL provides as many opportunites to learn computing as it can and even has a combined English and computing course which is very popular.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education.

Dear Friends,

Learning computing can change a life. Here is a story from one center:

“Zahra, a student from one of the Herat Learning Centers achieved first place in a competition between about 100 persons who applied for a job as an employee for an organization. Zahra completed the English and Computer learning program at the center. She was usually the best in her classes and got top marks. We are very happy about her that she is a successful person and can help her family. Her family are illiterate people who are living in a poor economic situation. The salary of Zahra will help them to have a better life. She is thankful for the AIL learning center that created changes in her life.”

AIL helps students at all levels of aspiration. Those who want to read and write do so, then some want more and take math class. Others start out wanting to learn a skill to earn money such as sewing, while others then go further wanting to learn English and computing which gives them real advantage in the workplace. AIL always seeks to adapt to changing needs and to incorporate modern subjects into curricula if it is requested.

Thank you for your support.

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 individual 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. 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,

In 2015, AIL Learning Centers taught 3,276 students computing skills which will be invaluable when they seek jobs in the local economy.  The classes are always popular and AIL frequently receives requests from individuals and its 43 centers for these classes.

Here is an inspiring story from one of those students, There was a boy who used to live in a village with his family and although his parents were not educated people, they encouraged their children to study. In their village there was a school which was not of a high standard and the teachers were not experienced. So the parents wanted their son to study in the city school even though they were poor so their son started studying in the city school so he could get a good education and become a highly capable person. The boy attended AIL’s  English and computer class after school. After graduating from school he went back to his village and opened his own learning center and started teaching English and computing to earn a living and because he wanted to change the lives of youth in his community.”

What a difference good education makes in a life! Not only education but opportunity to learn modern marketable skills. Thank you for contributing to our work helping equip young people with skills they can use to make a better life for themselves and their communities.

Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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