Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

AIL provides training in  human rights, women’s rights, leadership, peace, democracy, good citizenship and other capacity building topics. AIL’s leadership training takes place in two ways.  AIL holds in-depth leadership workshops and also integrates the teaching of leadership into every workshop and every class in AIL centers.So far in 2021, 122 people have attended leadership workshops.  AIL also supports a special 2 year leadership course for 30 adolescent students (15 female) at the Yacoobi high schools. Leadership workshops include topics such as what makes a good leader, management, listening skills, self- confidence, public- speaking, building good relationships, politics, democracy and peace.

In the centers, leadership concepts are taught by teachers who have taken the AIL leadership workshops. In part, AIL’s Leadership training seeks to help adolescent girls understand that anyone can be a leader and to enhance the participants’ ability to take a variety of leadership roles in their community which demonstrate democratic core values of liberty- personal, political, economic freedom, common good, justice and equality.

Based on feedback from participants, AIL has long known that its leadership training have resulted in the participants taking leadership roles that were new to them following the workshop.  Leadership training is transformative.  If there are female leaders in society, the violence decreases dramatically, because women can solve problems without using weapons and violence. The students in classes gain leadership skills which they carry into adulthood and empowers them resulting in more and more women setting up businesses and working in government and standing for elected office. 

Your support makes all the difference! Thank you.

Covid-19: AIL continues with its relief efforts providing food aid, PPE and running a Covid-19 hospital. All health clinics are operating and Learning Centers and schools are holding classes. Radio Meraj continues to broadcast the latest Covid-19 information.

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Covid-19 created significant challenge for all our healthcare staff in 2020. The fixed clinics continued with all aspects of patient care with strict sanitation and social distancing, referring the Covid cases to the government hospital. The 14 health posts in villages cared for people in their community.

In the year, there were 231,000 patients and 172,000 health education participants. Over 26,000 children were assessed for nutritional status and 1,944 treated for malnutrition.

"There are many people who have no access to a health clinic, so their children suffer malnutrition because of ignorance. AIL Community Health Worker posts find such children in the villages and refer them to the clinic. The children receive food and nutrition health messages till they get fine. We give them consultations on how to serve healthy food as well." (Nutrition Section staff member)

It is vital that children have good nutrition throughout their lives only then can they thrive, focus on education and be productive.When women know how to take care of their health, are healthy and have children who are well nourished, those women are more productive in their family unit and community. They are more likely to prioritize education of their daughters ensuring they go to school and take additional classes at AIL centers if they need it. 

Girls' empowerment, education and health are all connected!

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AIL has risen to the challenge of Covid-19 and kept its programs running during the pandemic. Education was provided online and through education packs delivered to students.

Dr. Yacoobi said, “ I am so proud of my staff who have kept AIL running through the pandemic with adapted programs AND produced PPE for ministries and hospitals- 14,000 face shields, 13,000 masks, 400 other items AND opened a 50 bed Covid-19 hospital AND provided food aid and counseling AND provided virus information through Radio Meraj !”

 We are glad to say that centers and schools are now open under strict social distancing and sanitation rules. Students are delighted to be back especially the children who missed their friends, teachers and the structure of classroom life.

In August, one of our Herat centers reported these activities: made 400 masks and 13 sets of PPE clothing, map of Afghanistan sewn onto a carpet, prepared Covid-19 awareness clips, planted plants for inside the center and the carpet weaving class completed projects and started new ones.

Your support makes all the difference! Thank you.

Our projects 1155 Fast Track Education and 1073 Healthcare are eligible for the Safer World Fund 50% on donations right now!

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Covid-19 has created a great many difficulties in Afghanistan, especially because it is a poor country and has fragile health and education systems. AIL has had to close its Learning Centers but staff worked hard to adapt its education program to online, distance learning. Students have been provided with education packs and have access to a teacher by email, a hotline and in person if necessary.

It is vital that students continue their learning and do not lose heart.  “It takes time and patience to gain acceptance for girls’ education, especially in rural areas. I am concerned that we do not lose the ground we have gained,” says Dr. Yacoobi.

Quarantine has increased the sense of isolation that many women feel and is pushing girls into more household chores and we fear families will not look to return their girls to class and there will be a consequential rise in child marriage. The stress of the health and economic situation is causing a rise in family disputes and violence against women.  The education packs give girls a focus and a hope that they will return to school or an AIL center for classes in the near future.

AIL has been able to repurpose its tailoring classrooms at many sites, to the production of personal protective equipment. Teachers and tailoring course graduates are producing gowns and masks while other staff are joining in and helping to make face shields. These items are being used in AIL health clinics and being donated to the government for use in other cities. 

Your support is vital in helping us maintain our distance learning program.

 

AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Our project 1155 Fast Track Education and 1073 Save Afghan Women and Children with Health care are eligible for a Match from Safer World Fund, up to $1,000 USD per unique donor per project will be matched, while funds last! You can donate to both!

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Many of our Learning Centers offer tailoring classes. These are one of the most popular classes and often the first class that an illiterate girl or woman choses to take. The women learn how to produce professional quality clothing for their families and they can start a home business with this skill.  They end the course proficient in all types of sewing and are able to make shirts, skirts, dresses, trousers, coverings, hijabs and household cloth items.

The centers are currently closed but as part of AIL’s coronavirus response, many of these sewing classrooms have been turned over to the production of personal protective equipment with many thousands of gowns and face masks being produced. Tailoring course graduates have returned to the centers to use their skills to assist in this effort. AIL staff are also producing face shields in large numbers.  This health equipment is being used in AIL health clinics and some is being donated to the Ministry of Health for distribution to clinics and hospitals in several cities. 

Your support for AIL’s education program has produced fine seamstresses who are now helping AIL and Afghanistan deal with this health crisis situation.

Thank you. 

AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, MI Afghanistan
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