The Safer World Fund

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The Safer World Fund
The Safer World Fund
The Safer World Fund
The Safer World Fund
The Safer World Fund
The Safer World Fund
Students text with Afghan Institute of Learning
Students text with Afghan Institute of Learning

Last year’s Safer World Fund campaign has concluded, with donors like you contributing a total of $70,520. Together, you supported 10 organizations working to improve education, health, and livelihoods in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a focus on women and girls. Your impact went even further thanks to $40,000 in matching funds.

Here are some of the amazing ways your donations were put to work:

You’ve helped women like Satayesh, age 23, learn basic literacy skills.

One of Afghan Institute of Learning’s most effective classes is a four-month Mobile Literacy program where students are given mobile phones and taught how to use them. Students answer questions from the teacher by text message. In last year’s program, 350 women began with very basic literacy, with some not knowing the alphabet. By the end of the program, 86% were reading at a fourth grade level! Texting is used to accelerate literacy acquisition and to create social bonds between classmates and friends reducing isolation. Students love this format, and, unsurprisingly, text much more than required by the syllabus.

You’ve helped women like Razia, an Afghan returnee from Iran, achieve her dream of education.

Upon her return to Afghanistan, Razia was required to present sufficient documents and be of a specific age to be admitted to traditional public school. Otherwise, they could attend only literacy classes or night school. While searching to find a school to fulfill her dream, she almost lost hope. Finally, Razia learned about a school run by Aid Afghanistan for Education in Kabul. She said, “When I saw students of my age, I was always motivated and realized that there is no age restriction to get an education.” Razia has since turned 28 years old and earned her high school diploma. She wants to be an active voice for Afghan women and girls by becoming a journalist. She will begin studying journalism this summer at one of the prestigious universities in Kabul.

You’ve helped 65 girls learn how to build an e-commerce website.

The flexible funding you give to organizations like Dawood Global Foundation - Educate a Girl allows them to pivot and offer extended e-commerce training to their students. They were able to expand their 16-hour course into six weeks, so that the girls participating could better learn both how to build a website and how to tweak it to optimize for search engines.

Donations to the Safer World Fund will support the three organizations mentioned above along with seven other causes. There is still much work to be done to support communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, so thank you for being part of the Safer World Fund!

Girls build websites with Dawood Global Foundation
Girls build websites with Dawood Global Foundation
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SWF new logo

The Safer World Fund is thrilled to announce a new matching campaign beginning today, September 11th. It celebrates our 10th year of supporting education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan–especially for girls and women. We have adopted new matching rules to incentivize new donors, so please share this announcement with your friends!

  • The Safer World Fund will match donations at 50% for donors who have previously donated to a project on globalgiving.org.
  • Donors who have not previously donated to a project on globalgiving.org will receive a 100% match.
  • Donations up to $1,500 USD per unique donor per project will be matched while funds last.

We have added three new nonprofits to the list of organizations eligible for SWF matching funds. The new nonprofits include groups that support women’s role in rural development, vocational training for girls ages 18-24, and equitable access for all to quality education in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The organizations we have selected do amazing things with not much funding. For example, $65 will help one woman learn to read and write in a literacy class, $130 will train one teacher for placement in a community-based school, and $450 will pay one month’s salary and expenses for a computer center instructor. Every mom who learns to read and write will make better decisions for her family, and every girl who has the chance to go to school will think differently about her future. Please talk with your family and friends about the Safer World Fund and the opportunity to make a difference.

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Photo source: Sahar Education
Photo source: Sahar Education

How should we measure success? On May 29th, the Safer World 2016 Matching Campaign ran out of matching funds for this cycle. That’s one kind of success! Over the past 9 months, you and 497 other generous donors raised over $91,000 to support education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan–especially for girls and women. Together with the Safer World Fund matching funds, we delivered resources to ten organizations that nurture better lives for the people of Central Asia.

Here’s another success to celebrate. Over the past 9 years since the birth of the Safer World Fund in September 2008, donors like you responding to the matching funds have contributed more than $1 million to fuel schools, vocational training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those investments help moms and dads, girls and boys look forward to the future with optimism rather than fear.

But as the news reminds us frequently, much more work remains to help the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can help train more teachers, support new training centers to impart job skills, and offer additional medical clinics. Every mom who learns to read and write will make better decisions for her family, and every girl who has the chance to go to school will think differently about her future.

Please talk with your family and friends about the Safer World Fund and the opportunity to make a difference.

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The Safer World Fund is pleased to announce the 2016 Matching Fund Campaign. As of September 7th, donations will be matched 50% by the Safer World Fund. The matching will be applied to donations up to $1,500, and the matching opportunity lasts until funds run out. Help us grow the Safer World network supporting education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan by sharing this update with your friends and networks.

The anniversary of September 11th reminds us of the critical role of opportunity for every person who wants to live life with dignity and foster change in Central Asia. Terrorism is a complex phenomenon with no simple explanation. But people have a choice about whether to use violence when seeking political or social justice. This is why Safer World focuses on a few key and select projects providing a better quality of life for those in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The 2016 campaign includes the following projects:

  • Afghan Institute of Learning provides literacy and education so that women can support themselves and their families. Afghan Institute of Learning also supports mobile medical clinics and Community Health Workers to reach patients in rural and urban poor areas of Afghanistan.
  • Aid Afghanistan for Education fosters peace through year-round education for mothers, girls, and boys. 
  • Sahar Education trains teachers and supports education, especially for girls, in northern and rural Afghanistan. 
  • Marshall Direct Fund provides entrepreneurial tools including training, equipment, materials, and market linkages in order for women to support themselves and their families.
  • The Womanity Foundation is training teachers to improve their performance and that of their students in the classroom and beyond in Afghanistan. 
  • Primary Education Project works with marginalized minority groups living in Pakistan’s rural areas and provides education through building effective schools. 
  • SHINE Humanity advances mother-child health, hygiene and nutrition in disaster-hit Pakistan by revitalizing healthcare facilities and improving primary and preventive services in rural communities.

Thank you for supporting these projects this year through The Safer World Fund. Donate today and please spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (AIL)
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (AIL)

Good news about girls’ education has come from Afghanistan recently. First, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi received the WISE Prize for Education at the seventh World Innovation Summit for Education this month. Dr. Yacoobi is the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, one of the project sponsors in The Safer World Fund. AIL brings education and health services to rural and marginalized areas of Afghanistan.

Second, the Gawhar Khatoon school in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, opened recently to serve 3,000 girls. It has been called "both a local success and a national symbol,” that “acts as a model and inspiration for further initiatives to flourish." Designed by two Seattle architects with a vision for beautiful and sustainable design, it features handmade windows, breezeways that encourage natural ventilation and a private courtyard for girls to play sports. Sahar was a major partner in the project and also sponsors projects in The Safer World Fund.

Thank you for supporting girls’ education in Afghanistan through The Safer World Fund. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

Gawhar Khatoon School for Girls (Sahar)
Gawhar Khatoon School for Girls (Sahar)
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