Dear GlobalGiving Donors,
Thank you so much for supporting the Afghan Institute of Learning’s (AIL) various projects on GlobalGiving. Over the years, the Global Giving donors have become invaluable to AIL. Through your generous support, AIL has been able to provide Afghans with education, health care, training and more.
It is your continued support that is now allowing AIL to evolve along with the young people of Afghanistan. We’d like to share with you the story of how one young woman’s life has been changed thanks to one of AIL’s programs:
I am a 19-year-old woman with two children. I had always wanted to go to school and learn to read, but there was not a school close to my home. It was not safe for me to try and travel to another village to go to school, but I always told myself that if I could go to school, I would be able to get a job and reach my goals.
It was painful to me when my brother learned to read and write, but I couldn’t. One day I watched some women and children who were going somewhere. When I saw that one of them was a woman who had an 8-year-old girl with her, I stopped her and said “Excuse me. Where are you going?” She answered, “A learning center has been established for illiterate women and their children recently. I am going to register myself and my children.”
When I heard this, I was so happy and I said to her, “Please wait a minute. I want to go with you and start to take classes too.” I joined them on their way to the learning center. When we arrived, I was so excited because I saw a lot of women there who had been learning.
Now, I can read and write and I can say proudly that I am literate. I have also learned to be healthy and to be a leader. I am reaching out and touching my wishes and goals. I thank AIL for this opportunity to reach my goals.
Thank you for the support that you give to AIL. We are so grateful to all of our supporters for their continued support of our projects on GlobalGiving. Thank you!
All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) want to thank our donors for your support of our “Bringing Green to Afghanistan”. This project is unique in that it is very different from the other projects AIL sponsors. Bringing flora back to Afghanistan is something that the Afghan people want but rarely have the resources to do. Trees and plants keep dust at bay and also help to cool the temperatures during the hot Afghan summers. They also bring beauty to a place ravaged by 30 years of continuous war. This beauty also creates a sense pride in one’s community, and as a result it brings people closer together.
In one of our learning centers in Herat, students planted over fifty saplings and many different varieties of flowers on the grounds of the institute. The students had a lot of fun doing it and enjoyed looking at the beautiful work they did. The flora, once fully in bloom, is sure to catch the eye of passers-by and possibly attract more people to our community-based learning centers. In March, a meeting was held in Herat regarding our learning centers. One participant in the meeting donated over 120 trees for use of several learning centers around the country. One of AIL’s biggest objectives is community involvement, and we are steadily getting more of it. We are making our communities greener, one at a time. Thank you all so much for your support!
So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you.
First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:
With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world.
Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country.
The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning.
Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours.To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving.
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!
Afghanistan has suffered a long and drastic decline in the number of trees, flora, and fauna over the course of decades of war and illicit logging. Old, sprawling, and established forests have been destroyed by shelling, mining, and clearing, due in no small part to 30 years of military activity and mass-logging from neighboring countries. The land has been devastated. Hopeful changes have been made in recent years, however. AIL, although primarily focused on education and health care, has been leading the charge in creating a more green and beautiful Afghanistan for all Afghans.
In February of this year, AIL staff planted over 300 trees and flowers in the city of Herat in two of AIL’s learning centers and two AIL clinics. At the request of the Herat Ministry of Women Affairs, AIL also planted trees and flowers in the Herat Women’s Garden, which had been devastated by conflict.
These trees are helping to mitigate the dust and are cooling the ambient temperatures of the city. More are needed; but these changes and developments are making a real difference in the lives of Afghans. Thank you all so much for your support!
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