Believing that participation by the community in a project gives the community a “stake” in the project and, in the long run, makes the project sustainable, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been supporting Community Based Organizations (CBOs) since 1996.
As of June 2008, AIL was supporting 33 CBOs, with 4 of those being new centers opened this year. So far in 2008, two CBOs became self-sufficient and one fulfilled its purpose and was no longer needed. From January to June 2008, 8,946 students have attended monthly classes in the 33 educational CBOs supported by AIL. In the same times period, 63,345 patients were treated in AIL’s 3 health focused CBO’s. The 3 health focused CBO’s also have health education workshops, and from January to June 2008 31,563 people participated in these workshops.
Ezatullah, a student at the Tolo e Mahtab CBO says, “I am a student at the Tolo e Mahtab CBO and also a school student of Naswaan High School. I have been studying English at the CBO for 8 months and I am very happy about it. During this short period we have learned a lot of things and the teacher’s behavior was very nice to us. On behalf of my neighborhood thank AIL for their support and wish to have their assistance continue in the future.”
The Afghan Institute of Learning ( AIL) continues to be a leader in supporting grassroots Educational Learning Centers for women and girls and boys who have no other access to education. At the same time, AIL is building the capacity of communities to provide educational services for themselves when the government is unable to.
Presently, AIL is supporting 33 grassroots Educational Learning Centers in five provinces of Afghanistan and in Peshawar, Pakistan for Afghan refugees. An average of 10,000 students monthly attend classes in these centers.
Believing that participation by the community in a project gives the community at “stake” in the project and, in the long run, makes the project sustainable, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been supporting Community Based Organizations (CBOs) since 1996.
As of October 2006, AIL was supporting 35 CBOs for a total of 37 CBOs supported in 2006. In 2006, two CBOs became self-sufficient. Over 10,000 students monthly attend classes in the 32 educational CBOs supported by AIL. More than 10,000 patients are treated in the 3 health CBOs supported by AIL.
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