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Save Rural Afghan Women & Children With Healthcare

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Latest News!!

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.


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.

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.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce that this Thursday, August 6 I will be a guest on Beth Green’s radio program, the Inner Revolution. I invite you to listen live, from 6-7pm ET (3-4pm PT) as we discuss my programs in Afghanistan, including the health programs that this project supports. Thursday’s show is titled “The Other Side of Afghan Women: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and See Courage in Action!” and the description is as follows:

Honored for her courage and vision, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is human like us, yet has had to face daunting conditions, which continue to the present day. In 1990, Sakena returned from the US to establish education, health and training programs in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. In 1995 she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning to continue her work. But when the Taliban took power, they devastated women’s rights, including access to education. Instead of crumbling, Sakena worked with communities to establish home schools. The resulting years have seen an astounding litany of accomplishments including the rebuilding of Afghan society. How has she done it? How did her organization found 80 secret schools under the Taliban at the risk of death? And what about today? Although no longer in control of the national government, the Taliban and repressive attitudes toward women still have a hold. What’s happening now? We often see the anguish of Afghan women. Tune in and see the courage.

I will share stories of the wonderful women and girls supported by the Afghan Institute of Learning; women and girls like the one who shared the story below with one of our health workers.  

“Our house is pretty far from the city and getting there would take us a long time. Even if we wish to go to the hospital in the city, we cannot afford the cost. The governmental hospitals even costa us a lot, and they are so crowded, so you get very little attention. I was pregnant and a few months ago I was referred to a clinic for further care. I told the doctor that I couldn’t afford to pay very much, so they referred me to this clinic.

            When I was in labor, we called the clinic since we knew they would help us and do their jobs properly. We went to the clinic, and I had a normal delivery with the help of the great doctors and services being offered to patients.

            It has been a month since my delivery and I have been going back for regular check-ups. The doctors have helped me to learn how to care for myself after delivery and they have vaccinated my child as needed. I sincerely want to thank the clinic and AIL for providing such great services for the common people without any delay or excuse.”

You can click this link for more information about Thursday’s broadcast. I hope that you will make time to listen!

 Warm Regards,

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Beth Green
Beth Green
Students in an AIL Program
Students in an AIL Program
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.



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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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