Recently, AIL was asked by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to report on the impact AIL’s programs have had. We were amazed by our findings. Since beginning in 1996 through May 2009, 220,970 Afghans have been educated in AIL schools, centers and post-secondary institutions and overall 6,778,026 Afghan lives have been directly impacted by AIL programs.
Women and girls, who learn tailoring in AIL’s Women’s Learning Centers, are among those that AIL has educated. During the first six months of 2009, your donations helped 844 Afghan women and girls take classes in tailoring. The classes offer women a way to support themselves financially and often lead to the women becoming literate by participating in literacy courses at AIL’s Educational Learning Centers.
Here is the story of Kubra, a young woman who returned to Afghanistan from Iran. “I heard about the center in my town and have found that it is ideal for me because it has great teachers and the education I receive is high quality. First I was admitted to the tailoring course, and after I passed it I was advised by my teacher to take the advanced class. After completing this course, I became a professional tailor. I am very fortunate; I have many customers and often stay up until midnight sewing my customer’s dresses. I also have a contract with the local market and sew products according to their orders. Before I came to this AIL center, I was a very disappointed person and I thought I could not do anything to help my family. What I am now is because of the AIL center in our area.”