The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently.
To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post!
Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news!
AIL is committed to improving literacy rates in Afghanistan and literacy classes are offered at AIL Learning Centers around the country. Books are not as commonplace in the average Afghan household so supplying varied reading material is greatly beneficial to those who are learning. AIL supports the Citadel Library in Herat which regularly receives book donations each month. Hundreds of students and members of the public now use this library for research and pleasure.
In 2012, AIL published two issues (3,000 copies total) of its magazine Nida e Talem (Voice of Education) which we estimate reaches about 60,000 people annually with copies being handed around to many people. AIL also published 4 issues (2,000 copies total) of the children’s magazine Salam, Salam Bachaha. Two issues (1000 copies) of an alphabet book were also printed as well as 500 copies of a Coloring book and 500 copies of a Numbers book both for children.
AIL continues to support the publishing of reading books by local Afghan authors including a book about Herat historic places with a reprint in March of this book of 3000 copies.
In 2013, AIL will publish a book of calligraphy and print 3,000 copies. Calligraphy is one of the traditional Afghan arts being taught in AIL classes at the Citadel complex in Herat. Reviving Afghan arts and culture helps people reconnect with their history and their identity as a strong, independent, talented and capable people.
The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and Creating Hope International (CHI) would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. As you celebrate with those you love, please take a moment to look at CHI’s yearly newsletter, which we’ve attached to this report. As you will see, 2012 has been a transformative year for AIL and CHI. After years of working tirelessly to provide education, training and healthcare to Afghans, we are beginning to see a real change. The minds of those AIL works with are being opened to the possibility of a peaceful Afghan society.
AIL is in the process of finalizing a 5 year funding plan, which will be put into place beginning in 2013. We are looking forward to sharing the details of this plan with you soon, and hope that you will find it in your heart to give generously to help us reach our goal. The people of Afghanistan are making great strides, but our work is not done yet. Instead of backing down, we need to push ahead and continue to give Afghans the tools they need to create a more peaceful country. We are hoping that we can count on you to help continue our work.
The women are beginning to see that through education they can have a better life, and are insisting on educating their children. They are taking charge of their health, and we are seeing more and more women requesting workshops on pre-natal issues as well as reproductive health. AIL is encouraged to see so many Afghan women looking forward to a brighter future and is planning to be there to help the women lead the way to the Afghanistan of their dreams.
Thank you for all you have contributed towards AIL’s goal of educating the people of Afghanistan. While the conditions in Afghanistan are still challenging, AIL is seeing positive changes in the lives of those Afghans that it works with.
We are excited at all of the positive changes being reported by the AIL staff in the area surrounding the public library that AIL is establishing in Herat.What was once an area filled with begging and drug use, generally avoided by the public is now a public space where families take walks and many citizens come to learn. The people of Herat are excited and thankful for the library and the benefits it is bringing it to their community.
In addition, AIL has recently published 30 copies of a handwriting workbook written by an Afghan teacher. This teacher realized that during 30 years of war and strife, the art of teaching proper handwriting and calligraphy had been lost and was seeking to share his knowledge with others and so decided to write this book. The manual has very good examples of proper calligraphy, and then space for the students to practice writing underneath. AIL is currently seeking $4,000 to print enough copies to distribute the workbook to all of its centers for use in teaching writing. With your help, they will be able to meet this goal and share this great resource with more teachers across the country.
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!
Thank you for your interest in and support of AIL’s goal to purchase and publish books for libraries in Herat. The initial donations received for this project have gone towards the publishing of reading books by local authors in Herat. These books are vital for the continuing education of Afghans in Herat, giving them a way to practice the skills they have learned in literacy classes. So far, there has been a great deal of interest in the books, and we are excited to begin to distribute them. In the future, we are hoping to have the funds to add to the libraries in our schools and centers as well as the public library in Herat.
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