AIL has been empowering Afghans since 1995 by expanding their educational and health opportunities through fostering self-reliance and community participation. AIL provides education from preschool through post secondary levels helping girls and women learn. An educated and health aware woman is more likely to succeed personally, and to be able to contribute positively economically and in family care leading to self supporting family units.
Afghan women and children missed out on education and quality healthcare for more than a decade. After the end of Taliban rule, AIL opened clinics and Learning Centers (LCs) to bring women education and healthcare. AIL is trusted and requests for LCs come from many communities, including those that have been closed to female education in the past. AIL now supports 4 clinics and 40 LCs in Afghanistan.
AIL's clinics and LCs serve 290,000 women and children each year with education and healthcare. Education classes include skills training, leadership/human rights classes, preschool through secondary education including fast track classes, as well as teacher training and health education.
AIL is an Afghan organization and is mainly run by women. It operates in a way sensitive to Afghan culture. It is highly respected and so conservative villages trust AIL to come into their communities and provide services. Thousands of isolated, under served and desperate women with few options to improve their lives are provided with services. Other NGOs and the Afghan government now use AIL's LC model to provide women's services.