Books for Afghan Women and Children

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends,

Bonus Day September 16th!  30% matching funds available for this project!

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Donate between 9am- midnight ET September 16th and get a 30% match up to $1,000 per donor per organization!


AIL’s most recent magazine – a 36 page glossy print run of 1,000 copies,  continues to be passed from person to person. Originally, the copies were delivered to government and non governmental organizations, including private and public schools, AIL Learning Centers, local offices including AIL office in Kabul, ministries, the Department of Women’s Affairs, Department of Culture and Information, the Human Rights Commission, social activist offices and clinics. This shows the breadth of the readership of the magazine. This breadth of readers is also reflected in the  content of each edition which have many varied topics from news to art to self help and education.

AIL is promoting literacy and educating people through its magazines, book publishing and library support. In June, there were 320 visitors to the AIL supported library at The Citadel in Herat. 120 of these visitors were female and 153 were students with the remaining 65 being visitors to the larger historic complex. Incidentally, AIL also has a Learning Center at the Citadel which provides classes in traditional Afghan crafts such as, glass blowing, tile making, calligraphy and miniature painting.

Thank you for your interest in literacy in Afghanistan.

Students in an AIL Classroom
Students in an AIL Classroom
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.


AIL continues to promote reading through support for libraries, setting up libraries and publishing books and magazines. In January, AIL published another edition of its magazine which included a variety of topics. There were articles on: health and Islam, living a long life, Ebola, Vitamin K, biography of Dr. Yacoobi, Conference on Love and Forgiveness, mobile phone technology, politeness, humanity and civility, AIL activities in Kabul and Herat, AIL trainers visit to India, life of Gohar Shad Begum, 9th century art, Radio Meraj,story and poems and readers’ letters, teaching methods, psychology and puzzles.

You can see there is something for almost everyone in the magazine. AIL aims to introduce people to information, ideas and new ways of thinking which they may not have come across before. The magazine is also a way to get people help with problems by giving them information and resources to go to.

Thank you for your support for the promotion of literacy in Afghanistan.

Girls working in an AIL Library!
Girls working in an AIL Library!

Dear Friend,

A Special Day – Today!  Matching Funds Available!

Today we have a great opportunity which we would like your help with. There are matching funds available for ALL donations made to this project today. This is a guaranteed bonus!

Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

The percentage of the match will be determined at midnight; the more given today the greater our bonus!

Your support will help AIL to continue opening libraries in our Learning Centers and offices. Recently, one of the Learning Center managers reported that they now have over 500 books in their library, and are now issuing library cards to students! The students are so excited to be able to check out books to take home and read. Your support will help other Learning Center libraries to start lending programs as well. 

Please help by donating to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.

Providing reading material is a way to help with the spread of literacy in Afghanistan. AIL supports and runs small libraries, publishes books and magazines and receives donations of books. In 2014, AIL published one copy of its magazine “The Voice of Education”. Each issue is eagerly anticipated and read widely by many people. The magazine covers many topics from education to society, history and more.

AIL Learning Centers (LCs) continue to build their own libraries. One center in Herat Province reported the addition of 430 books at the end of the year donated by parents of students. Another center had 350 come into their collection in November and December. The new books are useful and contain information on many issues. Students and other members of the public come into the library in their free time and read for enjoyment or to answer a question or a problem. Students are learning how to research issues in books and are very thankful to the AIL staff for the provision of the library at the center. AIL even has a library started at its LC in a women’s prison!

Thank you for your support for this AIL project.

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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Herat and Kabul, Afghanistan