Thank you for your support of AIL’s project. While the situation in Afghanistan continues to prove challenging, with your help AIL is finding ways to continue bringing high quality health care to the women and children of Afghanistan.
Through August 2012, 101,597 patients have been treated in AIL’s clinics, the majority of whom are women and children. At these same clinics, 89,678 Afghans received health education through information at the clinics, workshops and information from Community Health Workers.
On of the reasons for AIL’s success is the way in which it respects Afghan culture, and works with the villages it serves to meet the needs of the community. One recent example of this cooperation can be seen in the following story from the head of one of AIL’s clinics: I went to the village to offer vaccinations. First, I went to the Imam of a great Mosque to ask if he would announce that I was here to provide vaccinations to women and children. The Imam told the Mosque that all of the women and children should come to be vaccinated, and many people did come to be vaccinated. This showed me that the religious people and the community would help the clinic as they could. We also distributed posters about our clinic and the lead vaccinator was able to offer some health education while we were in the village.
We would also like to share the words of a woman who attended one of AIL’s reproductive health workshops. First, I want to thank the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, Professor Sakena Yacoobi for her struggle to provide education despite the challenges of this society. AIL is very good at persuading people to attend programs like the one I attended today on reproductive health. It is only by learning about health issues that we will be able to keep ourselves healthy and have a life without health problems. Furthermore, these trainings help the development of women. By doing these workshops, the institute is able meet it’s other responsibility, helping women. I wish them success in the future, and as an Afghan girl am thankful for them.
Don’t forget! The holidays are a great time to share your passion for AIL and the great work that they do! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to AIL’s projects. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help AIL take advantage of this opportunity early!