The Safer World Fund

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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)
AAE student
AAE student

Education is one of the major themes of The Safer World Fund. One of our projects, Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate 3000 Women, educates marginalized populations to give them the tools they need to improve the livelihoods of their families and communities. A recent update from the project’s parent organization, Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE), tells the story of one of the newest students named Freshtah.

Though she is a Kabul native, Freshtah and her family migrated to Herat, in the west of Afghanistan, during the Taliban regime. Freshtah has always had an itch for education and asked her father to hire a tutor for her. For a while, she enjoyed studying with her tutor at home. Then, when she was just 13, her educational career took a turn for the worse when her father decided to marry her off due to financial issues. Freshtah's husband, who was much older than she, frequently abused her. The beating caused Freshtah to lose most of her vision in one eye. Last year, Freshtah's husband brought her back to Kabul and went back to Herat himself, leaving her alone.

Last year, things started to look up. Now 27 years old, Freshtah enrolled in 6th grade at an AAE school. In the afternoons, she takes English classes; in the evenings, she tailors clothing to support herself. Freshtah's parents are still very poor, so she is living with her aunt. 

The Safer World Fund is pleased to provide a 1-for-2 match for the AAE education project as well as seven other projects that support education, training, and health care for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thank you for supporting women and girls, as well as men and boys, so they can lead lives of opportunity and hope.

Anissa, left, and her daughter (AAE)
Anissa, left, and her daughter (AAE)

Thanks to all for your support since 2008. I am pleased to tell you that the Safer World Fund has almost reached $1 million - providing opportunities to people in some of the poorest areas of the world and discouraging terrorism along the way!

From the beginning, the Safer World Fund has recognized that educating women is one of the best ways to make lasting change in a community, especially one at risk. Educated women are more likely to educate and vaccinate their children, increase their incomes, and lift their families out of extreme poverty. By educating girls and women, their families become more stable and thus reduce the likelihood of terrorist activity in their communities.

Here are a couple of Safer World Fund projects in action in Afghanistan and Pakistan:

Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) runs 13 schools in 9 provinces across Afghanistan. Through an agreement with the government, AAE can issue state-certified diplomas that allow students to go on to university. After the age of 10, students who have left school are generally not allowed to re-enter the public school system. Older girls and women who may have left school because of war or early marriage have few options besides AAE. During the most recent graduation in Kabul, AAE celebrated Anissa, a 45-year-old mother of 9 children, all of whom have gone on to law and medical schools. Anissa decided she wanted to return to school herself and graduated from AAE in December. Now, she’s attending a private law university near Kabul. Anissa’s proud family attended her graduation. Her daughter said, “I am very emotional to see my mother continue her education. She has always been the center of our lives, helping us to move forward and achieve what we all have. I am very happy today.”

The Marshall Direct Fund provides vocational training to nearly 1,000 women in Pakistan and has helped them develop tools necessary to launch businesses, generate income, send their children to school, and lift themselves out of poverty. Education in Pakistan is crucial, not only for increasing human development but also because uneducated, impoverished youth are among the most vulnerable to be recruited by the Taliban, still semi-active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Please help the Safer World Fund reach $1 million to provide alternatives to terrorism. Give today and get your donation matched for projects that support youth and community development. Pick the project closest to your heart and provide alternatives to a lifetime of poverty and despair.

MDF students
MDF students
Afghan women at clinic
Afghan women at clinic

One of The Safer World Fund’s projects, Save Rural Afghan Women & Children With Healthcare, is doing important work to encourage women to give birth in a clinic rather than at home. A recent update from the project’s parent organization, the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL), tells us that the project has provided thousands of women with reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts. Offering women the opportunity to give birth in an AIL clinic is one aspect of that education.

One woman who gave birth at an AIL clinic said, “I lost my two other babies while giving birth at home because my husband’s family never trusted in clinics. Then last week an AIL Community Health Worker came to my house. She spoke with my husband and his family about the dangers of delivery at home. Moreover, she explained the reason why my other two babies died. Fortunately, she was able to convince them to let me go to the clinic for the birth. Now I am in the clinic with my baby daughter who is alive and the doctor says she is fine. My husband is so happy and he is so sorry for not letting me come to clinic for last two births. He is now believing in AIL health services. I also thank AIL for saving my baby girl’s life. And I am going to tell this story to all my relatives and family in order to change their negative minds.”

The Safer World Fund is pleased to provide a 2-for-1 match for the Healthcare project as well as seven other projects that support education, training, and health care for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thank you for supporting women and girls, as well as men and boys, so they can lead lives of opportunity and hope.

Students in Afghanistan
Students in Afghanistan

During this season of giving, why not give a gift that changes lives? Aid Afghanistan for Education has 13 schools in 9 provinces that provide a 12-month, accelerated curriculum for over 3000 students who cannot enter the state-supported school system, perhaps because they are older than traditional school children. Many of the students are mothers who will educate their sons and daughters and strengthen their communities. Educated, healthy mothers are more likely to raise sons and daughters who will build rather than destroy.

Aid Afghanistan for Education is one example of the 8 projects that comprise The Safer World Fund. Lives will be changed through education, health care, and training for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You can enhance the power of your giving by taking advantage of matching funds now. Your $100 donation will be matched with $50 to support a teacher for a month. For that special person who has everything, consider a gift card, offering the recipient the choice of which cause they want to support. Suggestions of The Safer World Fund or any of its 8 projects are encouraged!

Best wishes for a life-changing December,

Joyce Manchester 


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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
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Project Leader:
Joyce Manchester
SMCWF Fund Manager
Waterbury, VT United States
$99,477 raised of $200,000 goal
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