Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends,

AIL’s successful Learning Center program helps thousands of women each year. In Herat there are 26 Learning Centers which served 12,546 people in the last six months. This number includes 7,994 women and girls. 9 of the centers are urban and 17 are rural. Most centers are co-ed but there are 3 which serve only females. AIL also has 13 centers in Kabul and other provinces serving 1,307 females including at 6 female only centers.

One of the Herat female only centers is at an orphanage. There are approximately 150 girls (numbers fluctuate as girls age out and new ones arrive) being cared for in the orphanage. Each day AIL staff make sure that the 90 girls who are of age, go to school, and when they return to the orphanage they are offered tutoring. There are cooks who ensure that each girl is given healthy, nutritious food to eat.  Health care is also provided to the girls and health education.

The girls have the opportunity to attend classes offered by AIL after their school day. There are 9 classes taught by 4 AIL teachers at the orphanage. The classes  include Arabic, sewing, computer and English. Twice a year each girl is supplied with cloth and is taught how to make a pattern and sew the cloth into clothing, giving her a skill, which she can use to help earn an income when she leaves the orphanage  and goes out into the world as a young woman. AIL wants every orphan to go out into workplace empowered by self confidence and with skills, especially in literacy and sewing which will help her find work.

Habiba, a young girl that has been raised by the orphanage since she was five years old. In ten years of life she has faced many challenges in her past. She was born into a poor family of 5 members. Her father was killed on a road side bombing when she was 2 years old, and her mother and three of her siblings were working to pay for their livelihood.  To add to her devastation, Habiba’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed as well. Shortly after, her older sister married and Habiba and her brother were brought to the orphanage due to the financial constraints of staying with relatives. At the orphanage she is living like other children having nutritious food, someone to look after her, friends to play with, clothing to wear and a school to learn and grow. Currently a 4th class student, Habiba’s intelligence is evident in her interest in learning computer skills. When we asked her what she thinks about the computer, she answered us in this way: "Computer was a new thing for me and I didn't know it before I saw it the first time. I knew nothing about the keys, the hardware and the software and how to use it. From the day I started, it was amazing for me and I can do many things with it. I can paint, draw, write, read, count and do many things. During the sessions I learned many things and I am not that girl of years ago. I wish I can be an elite student and then an elite person in this country and change the destiny of children like myself. I am going to achieve all my goals by studying and critical thinking. Today my dreams are coming true at AIL orphanage. I am going to change my life."    

Your support makes a difference in the lives of girls like Habiba. Thank you.

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  A diverse range of subjects are offered (though not at every center) including: math, literacy, Arabic, English, sewing and computers. So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females many of them adolescent girls) participated in Learning Center education. There are 150 females in 4 month long mobile literacy classes.  This educational opportunity can be life changing for young girls. One center reported that, " Twelve students from the  literacy class were promoted from their class in April. They passed the exams and were able to enroll governmental school. All of them were illiterate at the time of beginning their studies in our center. They are very happy about getting into the school. All them promised to continue their education and will get higher degrees.  They are honored that they began  their studies at this center. They thanked for AIL staff who prepared the way for them to succeed."


TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work.

Dear Friends, 

When a student walks in the door of an AIL Learning Center it can be a path to changing her life and the prospects for her whole family. Learning computing can change a life. Here is a story from one center:

“Zahra, a student from one of the Herat Learning Centers achieved first place in a competition between about 100 persons who applied for a job as an employee for an organization. Zahra completed the English and Computer learning program at the center. She was usually the best in her classes and got top marks. We are very happy about her that she is a successful person and can help her family. Her family are illiterate people who are living in a poor economic situation. The salary of Zahra will help them to have a better life. She is thankful for the AIL learning center that created changes in her life.”

AIL helps students at all levels of aspiration. Those who want to read and write do so, then some want more and take math class. Others start off wanting to learn a skill to earn money such as sewing. Some then go further wanting to learn English and computing which gives them real advantage in the workplace. AIL always seeks to adapt to changing needs and incorporate modern subjects into curriculums if it is requested. AIL also creates different pathways so if students are ready for a fast track approach the opportunity to move quickly is there and they can take the option to broaden the subjects they are studying.

Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours up to $1,000 per donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds TODAY! Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!!  Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

50% Match Available!  We would love your help!  

There are 50% matching funds available for donations made to your project and these 2 projects through GLOBAL GIVING UK starting TODAY 9am ET March 7th to 14th. Funds will run out quickly! 

Please note: You must go to GG UK site at this link NOT Global All donations are final. Please check leaderboard to see if matching funds still available. Here are the projects: 

 921     Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

1155     Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Online donations up to 500 UK pounds per unique donor per project get the match. So you can donate to more than one project.   

AIL is changing lives every day. In 2015, a total of 22,096 (14,616 female) students attended classes at AIL Learning Centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The classes offered vary from site to site depending on the community requests. They can include English and computers together with the perennial favorites of literacy, math and sewing. AIL is also promoting Afghan culture by providing lessons in carpet weaving, tile making, miniature painting, calligraphy and many other traditional Afghan crafts. One popular class is Mobile Literacy where students start out with little knowledge of reading and many end up reading at 4th grade level in only 4 months!. A recent class of 30 female students that finished at the end of September had results of 25 students reading at 4th grade and 5 at 3rd grade level by the end of the course.

Here are the words of one student, "My name is Latifa. From the day that I joined the Mobile Literacy class I felt a big and observable change in my life. In this class in addition to reading and writing we learned about new technology. On the first day, we were excited from the moment our teacher started teaching as we got how interesting it is. Now I can read and write and also I can message to my family and friends."

Your donation will help AIL to provide educational opportunity to poor Afghan women and girls. 

Thank you.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, MI Afghanistan

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