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Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century
Afghans Learn Leadership for the 21st Century

Our leadership workshops are continuing and are in high demand.  We are so pleased to see the transformation of Afghan women after completing the workshop and the great accomplishments that they go on to achieve thereafter. 

Due to the success of these workshops, they have drawn the attention of outside donors and many are being fully funded by specific grantors.  For that reason, we are removing this project from the GlobalGiving site.  We are so thankful to all of you who have contributed to this project in the past.  Should you be inclined to continue to support the Afghan Institute of Learning, there are several other projects on Global Giving for you to consider.  One might be Project #921 titled Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women.  This project would also include education and training in subjects of leadership, health, peace, democracy and general studies.  Your past kindness and generosity is so appreciated.  Thank you.

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Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education.  AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure.  While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.

Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history.  Supported by Fetzer Institute,  AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film.  This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi).  Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.

Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:

  • Poet Coleman Barks; known as the pre-eminent translator of Rumi, the great 13th century poet and teacher.  Mr. Barks’ writings and translations have filled 15 books that are more popular than other renderings of these ancient words.  They make Rumi’s raptures accessible to the world beyond their creation.
  • Stephen Olsson, President of CEM Productions, has produced and directed documentary films, television series and feature news reports throughout the world for US and European broadcasters.  He also produced and directed: Afghanistan: The Fight For A Way of Life, which was broadcast throughout the world and cited by The New York Times as one of the best documentary films of the year.
  • Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa, a former attorney, practiced in Honolulu for twenty years, and became the spiritual leader of The Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a worldwide community based in Hawaii. Divine Mother Audrey is a prolific writer on matters of spirituality and multiculturalism and serves on many global, spiritual and UN advisory boards, including as Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

 AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.

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In 2011, the Afghan Institute of Learning held 17 Leadership Workshops, and had 630
participants.  Of that number, 542 were women.  This
is such a wonderful program that could not have even been initiated 10 years
ago.  The workshops continue for seven days and the participants
learn about leadership skills and also a mix of human rights, democracy and

AIL has had requests to continue and expand the availability of this program. 
A recent participant said that she had been waiting for a long time for
an AIL Leadership Workshop to be held in her area and when she learned that one
was about to begin, she cancelled her meetings – two with a local mayor – and
one with a governor – to attend the workshop.  To her, this chance
to learn was more important than the meetings she had scheduled. 
We are pleased to be able to offer these trainings and to expand the
capacity of the citizens of Afghanistan.

Please keep in mind that Wednesday, March 14, 2012 is Bonus Day
through GlobalGiving.  Donations up to $1,000.00 will be provided
with a 30% match.  The bonus allotment is $50,000.00 and the period
runs from 12:01 AM EST until the funds are exhausted.  So, if you
would like your donation to go a little further with the help of Global Giving,
give early on March 14th.  Thank

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The more Leadership seminars that AIL offers, the more they are
requested to provide.  It is nearly impossible to keep up with the
demand for these workshops.  Women especially request access to these
workshops.  Women are learning that they do have a voice in their
homes, their communities and their Country.  Men, too, are learning
about equality, respect, and compromise.

As part of these seminars, the participants are also learning how to
resolve their differences without conflict.

At the beginning of each seminar, the participants are asked who a
leader is.  They generally respond – a person in government – a
religious leader – the President.  As they go through this seminar,
they come to understand that they too are leaders every day in their
life – and also, to appreciate the leadership qualities of others
around them.

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Recently we received a story from AIL Herat that showed us that even the Afghan young people are learning and exhibiting leadership skills.  A group of 20 students in one of the schools where AIL has trained teachers and held workshops have formed what we would consider a “student council” here in the United States. This is a very new concept in Afghanistan. That group has met several times and determined the best ways to assist in keeping their school organized, clean and in good repair.  They even participate in the cleaning themselves.  They are now playing a major role in the management of their school.  It is so refreshing to see young people stepping up and being responsible for not only themselves, but also their surroundings.  These students will be the next leaders of Afghanistan.

Another AIL Project, “Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls” has been chosen to be part of the Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15 through November 15, 2011.  Approximately 60 projects have been included in this challenge.  The top six projects with the highest number of unique donations will become part of the Girl Effect Fund for one year and each is expected to earn an additional $25,000.  Please check out our project #8791, and thank you for your generous support of our programs!

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
carolyn dunlap
Dearborn, Michigan Afghanistan

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Thanks to 42 donors like you, a total of $2,362 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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