Help Afghan Women Deliver Healthy Babies Safely

by Afghan Institute of Learning

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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education. “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena

Dear Friends,

So far in 2015, AIL has provided healthcare to170,306 patients and health education to 107,228 participants. Many of the patients are women of reproductive age and adolescent girls. It is very important to reach these women and girls early so they can learn about reproductive health and go into pregnancy and childbirth armed with the knowledge of what to expect and how to reduce their risk of injury or death.

In addition to the regular health education offerings in 2015, 526 women have elected to attend an intensive Reproductive Health or Expectant Mother Workshop. These workshops are effective in providing a thorough understanding of reproductive issues and this knowledge can then be acted on to ensure healthy pregnancy and birth.

Here is Gulsha’s story: “I was very young when I got married and got pregnant. After my child was born, I did not know how to breast-feed him. My child died because of my lack of knowledge and attention to him when he was 2 months old. This was very upsetting to me as I was not able to take care of my child. I was a much better mother for my next child even though I still wouldn’t know much about breastfeeding children. Now at this workshop I learned how and for how long to breast feed the child. This is very beneficial to women as they get necessary knowledge to take care of their children.”

Of the 130 pregnant women who attended Expectant Mother Workshops in 2015, 30 have given birth and all have chosen a safer clinic birth rather than the usual home birth. AIL receives many requests from communities that want to have their own workshop which shows that the usefulness of the workshops have spread by word of mouth.

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Dear Friends,

Today Only!  Matching Funds Available! Last Bonus Day of the Year!

Can you help? There are matching funds available for donations made to this project today. Starting at 9am EDT on September 16th, Global Giving is providing 30% matching donations on our project!

Your gift of $30 will be worth $40!!

Any online donation up to $1,000 made today can go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am and midnight EDT to get the bonus but funds run out quickly

So far in 2015, AIL Learning Centers have educated over 20,000 students , the health program has provided care to over 129,000 people  and health education to 82,000! Your donation will help AIL to continue providing vital education and health services to Afghans including, poor women and children. AIL's reproductive workshops have proven greatly effective in reducing the risks of childbirth. Women are benefiting everyday from your donations.

Just click here and support our program today September 16th.

Thank you.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce that this Thursday, August 6 I will be a guest on Beth Green’s radio program, the Inner Revolution. I invite you to listen live, from 6-7pm ET (3-4pm PT) as we discuss my programs in Afghanistan, including the health programs that this project supports. Thursday’s show is titled “The Other Side of Afghan Women: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and See Courage in Action!” and the description is as follows:

Honored for her courage and vision, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is human like us, yet has had to face daunting conditions, which continue to the present day. In 1990, Sakena returned from the US to establish education, health and training programs in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. In 1995 she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning to continue her work. But when the Taliban took power, they devastated women’s rights, including access to education. Instead of crumbling, Sakena worked with communities to establish home schools. The resulting years have seen an astounding litany of accomplishments including the rebuilding of Afghan society. How has she done it? How did her organization found 80 secret schools under the Taliban at the risk of death? And what about today? Although no longer in control of the national government, the Taliban and repressive attitudes toward women still have a hold. What’s happening now? We often see the anguish of Afghan women. Tune in and see the courage.

I will share stories of the wonderful women and girls supported by the Afghan Institute of Learning; women and girls like the one who shared the story below with one of our health workers.  

“Our house is pretty far from the city and getting there would take us a long time. Even if we wish to go to the hospital in the city, we cannot afford the cost. The governmental hospitals even costa us a lot, and they are so crowded, so you get very little attention. I was pregnant and a few months ago I was referred to a clinic for further care. I told the doctor that I couldn’t afford to pay very much, so they referred me to this clinic.

            When I was in labor, we called the clinic since we knew they would help us and do their jobs properly. We went to the clinic, and I had a normal delivery with the help of the great doctors and services being offered to patients.

            It has been a month since my delivery and I have been going back for regular check-ups. The doctors have helped me to learn how to care for myself after delivery and they have vaccinated my child as needed. I sincerely want to thank the clinic and AIL for providing such great services for the common people without any delay or excuse.”

You can click this link for more information about Thursday’s broadcast. I hope that you will make time to listen!

 Warm Regards,

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Beth Green
Beth Green
Students benefitting from health ed. in class
Students benefitting from health ed. in class
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’s reproductive health workshops continue to be popular and so far in 2015 there have been 3 workshops for 100 women. These women learn about their bodies and the process of pregnancy and birth and how to care for infants and much more.

Suhaila says: Studying at this AIL Learning Center I saw that AIL is a big supporter of young girls’ education. I was able to participate in a Reproductive Health workshop put on by AIL last year. I learned lots of things about health not only reproductive matters but also environmental health and prevention of disease. I shared all those things which I learned from this workshop with my friends. I am really thankful for the AIL office. I was an illiterate girl and I didn’t know anything regarding health but now I know lots of things.

Having information changes lives and empowers women to care for themselves and reduce their risk level.

Thank you for your interest in Afghan women’s health issues.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

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

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