Help Desperate Families from Pakistan Disasters

by Afghan Institute of Learning

In a more detailed report on the April distribution sent by the staff of the Afghan Institute of Learning’s Peshawar Office, AIL staff wrote that they traveled to a location approximately 210 km from Peshawar to help flood victims in the area.  They describe the area as full of very honest, friendly hard-working people made up of Pakistan residents and approximately 30% Afghan refugees.  They distributed water coolers and floor coverings to 250 families.  As they toured the area, they were struck by the results of the devastating flood of 2010 and noted that the people are still living under the sky with no homes, no facilities and no shelters to keep them safe.  They worried about their exposure to the hot sun and the dark, cold nights.  They described the makeshift homes as pieces of cloth and small pieces of wood separating each from its neighbor.  What AIL is reporting is confirmed by other relief agencies in Pakistan working with flood survivors.

In April, 2011, another 250 families, who were victims of the flood were served by the AIL Staff from Peshawar; with at least 6 in each family, this means that at least 1500 persons benefited.  Water coolers and floor mats were distributed to each of these families.  The staff reports that the families still have no shelter from the heat of the day and the cold nights, and are living in extremely poor, unsanitary conditions.

In early 2011, the AIL Peshawar office was able to distribute blankets and floor coverings to over 250 families who were flood victims in the very poor village of Charsada.  During the distribution there was a very calm and friendly environment.  The people were very glad and thankful to AIL for helping them when they needed help.  

Blankets delivered to 250 families
Blankets delivered to 250 families

On October 27, 2010, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) Peshawar staff delivered  blankets and floor coverings to 250 families living in the Sawari gari Dawood  in Nowshara, Pakistan.  Each family received one blanket and one floor covering. Local authorities cooperated with AIL with the distribution of the blankets and floor coverings.  If a family was unable to come and get their own supplies because they were working, then other families picked up blankets and floor coverings for them so that every family was able to get what they needed.

Blankets delivered to 250 families
Blankets delivered to 250 families
Distributing blankets and floor coverings
Distributing blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Families receiving blankets and floor coverings
Shelters for people without tents
Shelters for people without tents
Tents as Shelters
Tents as Shelters
Blankets delivered to 250 families
Blankets delivered to 250 families

Five Reasons to Celebrate

The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.   

Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.

  • As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!

In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible.  Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:

  • Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban.  She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people.  Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”
  • Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate.  In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.
  • AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.
  • The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City.  The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate.  The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.


Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Sakena Yacoobi
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Dearborn, Michigan United States

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