By Toc Dunlap - Executive Director, Creating Hope International
It is so exciting to see the Afghan people transitioning back to independence. Although we realize that it is a long road, we are pleased with the information that we receive from the Learning Centers that AIL is working with. All of the Learning Centers are continuing to attract students because of the quality of the education and the variety of the classes being offered.
In one Learning Center near Herat City, the Center leaders have initiated two projects on their own this year. The Center and community needed a library, so the center applied to a small grants program, received funding and have now opened the first public library in their village. This same center has many students who have graduated from the tailoring classes and started their own businesses. Because of the high quality of the tailoring and the number of women tailors, the center was able to negotiate a contract with a local company to have the center's graduates sew uniforms for the company. Now even more women are earning income for their families using a skill they learned at the AIL Learning Center.
Progress is being made – and hopes are high. Most importantly, the center initiated the projects without AIL"s assistance--they just used the leadership skills they had learned from AIL training!!!
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