Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care

Dear Friends,

2015 was a successful year for the AIL Health Program with healthcare provided to 228,353 patients and health education to 141,813 participants. AIL has always combined its health care treatment with lessons in health education. It is vital to create change in behavior and new habits regarding health and cleanliness to stop the cycle of ill health and repeat infections that strain family life.

In 2015, AIL provided health education on a vast range of health topics including, nutrition, child spacing, immunization, breast feeding, hygiene, medicine usage, specific diseases as well as birth and pregnancy care. Many poor Afghan lack even rudimentary knowledge about sanitation, transmission of infection and what to do to have a safe birth. AIL wants to create a knowledge base which will be passed on to other family members, so each visit or return visit by a family always involves reinforcement of health knowledge.

One of the participants at a reproductive health workshop said: “My cousin is pregnant and it is her first child. Till now she didn’t contact a doctor. When I learned about vaccines in this workshop I asked her if she had contact with a doctor and does she have any information about vaccines. She said:’ I didn’t contact any doctor and I didn’t do anything about vaccination.” Then I shared with her those things which I learned from this workshop and also I added that she must see a doctor once a month during pregnancy.”

 Thank you for your support.

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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We thank you for the support you have given in 2015. Your giving has changed lives in many Afghan communities.  There are only a few more days left in 2015 and donations of any amount are always welcome!

You may want to take advantage of this donation option - This project and one other are in the  Safer World Fund at Global Giving.

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!

Two eligible Projects:

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Children

Good health makes all the difference in life. People need to be well in order to learn and work to their capacity. AIL has provided 207,254  patients with medical care and 129,475  have attended health education so far in 2015. 

2015 Newsletter attached including information about the Afghan Institute of Learning.

Thank you for your support!


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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

Dear Friends, 

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.

 

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Dear Friends,

We know we just wrote to you, but we hope you will forgive us for writing again so soon!

A great 100% match opportunity was just announced!

If you are not yet a recurring donor and sign up for recurring donations between September 21st to 25th then Global Giving will do a 100% match (one time of the amount donated) up to $200 per donor. It must be a minimum 4 month recurring donation.

So if you sign up to give $50 each month for 4 months. Your gift of $200 will be worth $250!!

But wait there is more! This project is part of the Safer World Fund so all donations are SWF matched to 50%! (while SWF money lasts)

So add another $100 to the total – Your gift of $200 could be worth $350!!!

Can you take this opportunity for a double match?  Click this link and choose the recurring donation option!

Health update

So far in 2015, AIL has provided healthcare to 129,000 patients and health education to 82,000 participants. An important part of AIL clinic care and education is aimed at women of reproductive age. There are workshops available on women’s health and pregnancy and childbirth. So far this year 386 women have attended workshops and are now better able to care for themselves, especially during the risky time of childbirth. The Expectant Mother Workshops have over the last 4 years had all the women choose to give birth at a medical facility,rather than the more traditional at home birth. This is much safer for mother and child and is why there have been no maternal deaths or infant deaths among these women. Afghanistan still has a maternal death rate of 4/1000 live births compared to for example, Canada which has a death rate of 0.11/1000 births. There is still a long way to go in making childbirth safe for Afghan women.

Thank you for your support.

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Dear Friends,

Can you help?

The Safer World Fund has funds available for 50% matching of any gift to our project! 

The catch is - there are only 4 days left! This fund closes August 31st.

Donate now for your gift to be worth 50% more! Your gift of $30 will be worth $45.

We do appreciate your continued interest and support of AIL’s efforts to provide health care and health education to Afghan women and girls. So far in 2015, 129,385 people have received healthcare from AIL clinics (70% female) and 82,068 have had the benefit of health education. Education makes the difference in breaking the cycle of ill health that plagues families. The people want treatment but they also want to know how to stay healthy.

One patient said,” I got pregnant 9 times in my life, but I only have two children now because 7 other babies miscarried. I would always suffer from this problem, but there was no hospital or professional doctor in our area to diagnose my problem. Now, I have learned about reproductive health and I want you to teach all women about these issues and why something like this happens during pregnancy so they can understand and know what to do to help.”

Thanks for your support.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$146,718 raised of $200,000 goal
 
2,046 donations
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