Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena
It is Giving Tuesday and we wanted to let you know how to make your gift go further!
AIL has two projects in the 2015-16 Safer World Fund within Global Giving.
What does this mean?
Safer World Fund is offering a 50% matching donation up to $1,500 per donor per project (until funds run out or the project gets the maximum match of $15,000.)
Just think! Your donation of $40 to help women with healthcare will be worth $60 AND your donation of $40 to Afghan education will be worth $60. The matching funds are limited time, so make your donation now!
Here are the two eligible Projects
1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare
1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Children
So far in 2015, AIL has provided healthcare to 170,306 patients and health education to 107,228 participants. Many of the patients are women of reproductive age and adolescent girls. It is very important to reach these women and girls early so they can learn about reproductive health and go into pregnancy and childbirth armed with the knowledge of what to expect and how to reduce their risk of injury or death.
In addition to the regular health education offerings in 2015, 526 women have elected to attend an intensive Reproductive Health or Expectant Mother Workshop. These workshops are effective in providing a thorough understanding of reproductive issues and this knowledge can then be acted upon to ensure healthy pregnancy and birth.
Here is Gulsha’s story, “I was very young when I got married and got pregnant. After my child was born, I did not know how to breast-feed him. My child died because of my lack of knowledge and attention to him when he was 2 months old. This was very upsetting to me as I was not able to take care of my child. I was a much better mother for my next child, even though I still wouldn’t know much about breastfeeding children. Now at this workshop I learned how and for how long to breast feed the child. This is very beneficial to women as they get necessary knowledge to take care of their children.”
Of the 130 pregnant women who attended Expectant Mother Workshops in 2015, 30 have given birth and all have chosen a safer clinic birth rather than the usual home birth. AIL receives many requests from communities that want to have their own workshop which shows that the usefulness of the workshops have spread by word of mouth to other communities.
Thank you for your support.