Give Afghan Refugees the Gift of Education

by Afghan Institute of Learning
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Dear Friends, 

Despite difficult circumstances in Pakistan the Peshawar Learning Center continues to care for and educate its students. There are 150 students in classes, including 110 females of whom 71 are adolescent girls. The subjects taught include English, literacy, Arabic and sewing. 

One of the most popular skills to learn for women and girls is sewing. Upon completion of a sewing class, students can sew any kind of garment. They can make their own clothes as well as set up a small business making clothes for other people. This helps them become self- supporting and improves the economic situation of their families. As important, is the fact that these women gain self-confidence and see themselves as valuable and able to contribute to society. This sort of skills learning and change in mindset is a success for any LC.  

One sewing student shares her success:“I learned sewing through AIL’s Learning Center. Today, I can sew dresses for my neighborhood and earn money. I never thought that one day I will be self-supporting and able to help my family. I want to thank AIL for making my dream come true and I hope many future successes for them.”

Thank you for your continued interest. 

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on GlobalGiving.org! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? GlobalGiving.co.uk has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

AIL update

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat and one center in Pakistan.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing, miniature painting, computers and physics. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education. There are 150 females in 4 month long mobile literacy classes. AIL staff maintain libraries in many LCs to help students with their studies and expose them to as varied a selection of reading matter as possible. The Pakistan LC has 160 students (110 female) and offers classes in Arabic, English and literacy.

Here is a  story from one center, “We could solve the family problem of two students this month.  One of them is a young woman; her husband is an opium user. He didn’t let his wife join the center.  But we talked with them and were able to get his agreement. After a lot of talk and face to face contact of the center’s manager and elders of the area he did agree with her.  Now the woman is learning in our center. She is very happy about this and thanked AIL staff for changing her life.”  This story reflects the growing problem of opium addiction in the male population and its devastating consequences on both the men and the female members of their families. AIL's education program gives students hope for the future and skills that they can use for work.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education.

Dear Friends,        

Last month the AIL office in Peshawar was able to provide 100 families affected by the earthquake last October with supplies to help them out. AIL staff  distributed: 100 blankets, 100 floor coverings and 100 water coolers. These families lost everything in the earthquake  and are living temporarily in the Pakistan city of  Peshawar. In addition, the staff gave out 500 books and 500 notebooks for the children of these families to aid them in their school work. Helping the children stay on track with their learning is vital as disruptive circumstances such as these can easily mean children get behind in school and may never catch up later.

The Learning Center in Peshawar continues to educate 163 students (110 female). There are 64 students studying Arabic in a 9 month class, 45 in English class which lasts 3 months and 51 students in the 4 month long literacy class. The latter class includes interesting local or national events in the curriculum and in March they celebrated International Women’s Day and sent congratulations to Dr. Yacoobi, AIL's founder.

Thank you for your continuing support for AIL’s work with Afghans in Pakistan.

Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours, up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final. The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds TODAY! 

Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!!  Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

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1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

Today!  Matching Funds Available for Pakistan based project! Can you help? 

There are 50% matching funds available for donations made to this project through GLOBAL GIVING UK starting 9am ET  on these dates only 15th  until 29th February. Funds will run out quickly so Hurry, Hurry! 

Please note: You must go to GG UK site at this link NOT Global Giving.org:

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Online donations up to 500 UK pounds per unique donation can go even further to help our work.  

In 2015, AIL’s Peshawar, Pakistan Learning Center educated 389 students, including 254 females. The subjects taught include English, literacy, Arabic and sewing. AIL Pakistan was also able to provide emergency relief aid to the victims of the terrible October earthquake which devastated parts of the Hindu Kush Mountains area in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. AIL gathered supplies and distributed aid to 1,000 needy Afghans in two remote Pakistan villages. 

Your donation will help AIL to continue providing vital education to Afghans in Pakistan!

Just click here and support our program today.

Thank you.

Please read the attached CHI 2015 Newsletter featuring AIL for information on activities last year.


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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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Thanks to 130 donors like you, a total of $22,335 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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