Thank you so much for your donations to AIL’s project to build a well. As we have told you in previous reports, the well we initially had planned was no longer necessary, so instead we installed the well in a new private school in Herat, Afghanistan. The well is providing fresh, clean water to the school and the surrounding area.
Construction on the well was completed on March 4. The final cost for the well was $4,000, which was covered by donations made to this project as well as donations from other sources. As you can see from the pictures, the well has plumbing which leads to storage tanks on the roof of the school.
Students at the school, as well as those living in the area surrounding the school are so happy to have fresh, clean water available to them.
Again, thank you for your generous donations which helped to make the construction of this well possible!!
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
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.
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!
As we told you in our last report, the village that we were originally raising funds for has found a sustainable source of clean water provided by the city and we have decided to use the funds raised by this project to install a well in a school instead. When we combined the funds we had already raised, with the funds raised by this project, we found we have enough to build the well, and will be retiring this project. The well is currently under construction, and when it is finished, we will write an updated report, and hopefully be able to include pictures at that time.
Thank you again for your support. We are very excited that our new school will include a well, and will be able to provide the students as well as the surrounding area with a new source of fresh, clean water. Thank you for helping to make this happen.
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.
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