Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends, 

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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.   So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.

Sewing is always a popular class and the Herat centers have 906 sewing students so far this year.  Here is a typical 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 hope to women for the future and skills, such as sewing that they can use to earn some money to support their families.

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Dear Friends,

AIL provides women and girls with skills to look after themselves and their families. Literacy is stressed but so is sewing as it is a means to earn an income. The Girls Orphanage Learning Center provides sewing classes. Here is Madina’s story:

“Madina is 9 years old.  She has been protected by AIL since she was 7 years old at the Ansar Female Orphanage. Madina says, "I am an orphan. My father used to be addicted and my mother had to earn the family income. She served in the other people’s houses.  After my father passed away, my mother was married again due to the financial problems and she left me at the orphanage. I suffered a lot and could not get along with others. I changed and became an isolated and withdrawn child who was unhappy with everything.  I felt that I was imprisoned in this environment. Time passed and gradually I got accustomed to my jail. Soon, a Learning Center was created by AIL in our orphanage. It contained some professional skills and other learning classes. I wanted to be literate one day so I  registered my name in the computer, English, and dressmaking classes. I became very happy. I made lots of friends and I loved my teachers who were very kind to us.Slowly my mood changed to positive. Then I enrolled in the government school. Those classes helped me to be busy and not miss my parents so much as there were many children in my situation who were orphaned too.”

When she ages out of the orphanage Madina will have a useful skill to earn money, namely sewing. She will also be literate and have numeracy and language skills, all of which will make her employable.

Thank you for your support for Madina and other girls like her.

Dear Friends, 

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1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

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,

Sewing is a skill for life. One of AIL’s goals is to equip people with skills they will need and use for life such as literacy and math. Sewing gives women the opportunity of independence and takes pressure off household finances.

In 2015, there were 3,568 women in sewing classes at the 43 Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In addition, AIL had crochet classes for 372 women and another 60 women learned how to do embroidery.

Sarah who lives at the Girls Orphanage and attends the Learning Center located there had this to say. “I am one of the students of the sewing class. I was six years old when I was brought here because my father died so my mother had to give me to the orphanage. Every student here feels the lack of the kindness and love of a father and mother at first, but soon after time passes you become relaxed and continued living in the orphanage. Dr. Yacoobi has educational classes here  so I attended the sewing class. At first, I knew nothing about sewing and as our teacher was encouraging me, I learned all the rules of sewing. Now I can sew everything for my roommate, friends and myself and after graduating from the orphanage I will be an independent person and able to pay my expenses and help other orphan girls in the community. During these last two years I have changed a lot. I learned to be responsible about my life affairs and study hard to live in comfort.” 

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


Latest News!!

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,

Learning an income generating skill such as sewing transforms the lives of women and gives them confidence. They contribute to the family finances and their status in the family is increased. Thank you for your support of AIL’s sewing and tailoring classes. In September, there were 887 women and girls enrolled in sewing classes learning to make clothes for themselves, their families and for others. Here is Fatima’s story – one of transformation.

Fatima was brought to the girls’ orphanage in Herat when she was about 8 years old by her relatives.  Both of her parents had died and she had no brothers or sisters.  She was very unhappy and devastated when she came.  She went to school and, when AIL began working with the girls’ orphanage and offering computer and tailoring classes in the afternoon, she joined them.  She is now in the 8th grade and has excellent computer and tailoring skills.  She works for a small NGO in Herat teaching their students tailoring and doing their computer work.  They are paying her so she has begun to earn money for herself.  All of this has transformed her!  She is happy, always helping the younger students with their homework and is looking forward to finishing high school, going to university and becoming a teacher.

Thank you for your continued support of AIL’s programs.


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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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