Clean Water for a Healthy Afghan Community

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Thank you for supporting our effort to bring clean water into one of AIL’s schools and to the village surrounding the school. As we stated in our previous report, when we initially posted this project we anticipated needing a well in the Yacoobi Foundation. Since posting the project, the Afghan government has begun providing a steady, reliable source of water to the center. The AIL Office in Herat decided that the funds would be better spent putting a well into a new school that is being built. The office is now in the process of seeking bids to build the well, and we anticipate that the well will be in the school by the spring. It is because of your donations that the new school will have a reliable source of clean drinking water, and for that we say thank you. We have nearly enough funding for the well and are hoping to raise the remaining funds needed soon and be able to retire the project from GlobalGiving.

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!

Since our last update, the area around the Yacoobi Foundation has begun receiving a steady supply of water from the Afghan government. We have decided that the well is no longer needed at this location, but have identified a new school in rural Herat Province that is in need. This new school is currently being built and will educate approximately 300 students, in addition to the women who will attend classes at the Women’s Learning Center, which is to be housed in the school to serve the surrounding community. We are so thankful for your support of this project and are looking forward to the day when the project is fully funded and we are able to dig a well for this school. 

In addition to the school and the learning center that is housed in the Yacoobi Foundation Learning Center, the Afghan Institute of Learning has added a medical clinic.  The clinic is set up in one room of the building and the students and local residents have access to medical care.  The need for a clean water source just keeps growing.  We have received an outside donation for the new well and are getting very close to our goal! 

Please remember that Wednesday, June 13th (beginning at 12:01 AM EST) is a Bonus Day through Global Giving.  Donations received that day will be provided a matching gift of 30, 40 or 50 percent.  

Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education.  AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure.  While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.

 Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history.  Supported by Fetzer Institute,  AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film.  This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi).  Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.

 Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:

  • Poet Coleman Barks; known as the pre-eminent translator of Rumi, the great 13th century poet and teacher.  Mr. Barks’ writings and translations have filled 15 books that are more popular than other renderings of these ancient words.  They make Rumi’s raptures accessible to the world beyond their creation.
  • Stephen Olsson, President of CEM Productions, has produced and directed documentary films, television series and feature news reports throughout the world for US and European broadcasters.  He also produced and directed: Afghanistan: The Fight For A Way of Life, which was broadcast throughout the world and cited by The New York Times as one of the best documentary films of the year.
  • Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa, a former attorney, practiced in Honolulu for twenty years, and became the spiritual leader of The Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a worldwide community based in Hawaii. Divine Mother Audrey is a prolific writer on matters of spirituality and multiculturalism and serves on many global, spiritual and UN advisory boards, including as Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

 AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.

The Yacoobi Foundation Center is located in a very poor village on the outskirts of Herat City.  Prior to 1979, this was a farming area and few people lived here.  Now many people from other provinces have come to live in the area because of the poor economic situation in their provinces.  There are few services in the area.  Because the road was so bad, the people of the area joined together to fix the road.  The people of the area say this is the “best educational center for their women and daughters.”  Currently, the center is the only place for quality education and education for women in the area.  Recently, AIL created space in the center for a health clinic to be held several days each month because  there is no health clinic nearby.  Students come from other villages near Asia Kalokhi Village because the elders and parents believe that this center is very safe for their women and girls.  What this Center and the community it serves need now is clean water and this well will provide that.  So far your donations have helped us raise $1,533 of the $6,200 we need to dig the well.  We are hoping to raise the additional funds we need by the end of April 2012.  

Please keep in mind that Wednesday, March 14, 2012 is Bonus Day through Global Giving.  Donations up to $1,000.00 will be provided with a 30% match.  The bonus allotment is $50,000.00 and the period runs from 12:01 AM EST until the funds are exhausted.  So, if you would like your donation to go a little further with the help of Global Giving, give early on March 14th.  Thank you!


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, MI Afghanistan

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